Nokia Corp. said on Tuesday it will lay off 170 workers worldwide to further cut costs as the global downturn continues to weaken demand in the mobile phone industry. The job cuts, in production and logistics for mobile devices, will not affect production employees at Nokia's mobile device manufacturing facilities, the world's biggest handset maker said. Nokia said it would also offer buyouts to 320 employees at its manufacturing plant in Salo plant in Finland after a similar program for 1,000 global Nokia employees proved popular.
"The earlier voluntary resignation package ... raised a lot of interest among production employees, who were excluded from this particular global program," said Ville Valtonen, from Nokia's personnel department in Finland. "We now want to offer this opportunity to our production employees in Salo, as we continue to adjust capacity according to market demand."
Nokia stock was up 3.5 per cent at euro11.11 ($14.99) in early afternoon trading in Helsinki.
Earlier this year, Nokia announced more than 2,400 job cuts globally and temporary layoffs of 2,500 workers in Finland. The company aims to slash costs at its handset unit by euro700 million ($920 million) annually, and on Tuesday said it will continue "to seek savings in operational expenses, looking at all areas and activities across the company."
In April, Nokia reported that first-quarter net profit plummeted 90 percent to euro576 million and sales fell 27 per cent as the world economic downturn continued to hit the mobile industry. Nokia employs 124,000 people worldwide. Last year, it sold 468 million handsets, up 7 per cent on 2007.