Motorola Closing Plant in Japan
Jan. 13, 2002
TOKYO (AP) _ As part of its global work force reduction, the Japanese unit of Motorola Inc. will close a semiconductor plant in Japan and lay off all 230 workers by December.
Struggling to return to profitability, the U.S. mobile-phone and computer-chip maker has been reducing jobs, announcing the latest round of layoffs last month totaling 9,400, or more than 8 percent of its work force.
The closure of Motorola Japan's Sendai plant in northern Japan is part of that plan, company spokesman Koichi Yoshimura said Friday.
Manufacturing at the Sendai plant will be transferred to Motorola factories in China and Malaysia, he said.
One of two production lines at a Motorola Japan subsidiary, Tohoku Semiconductor Co., will also close in the next nine to 15 months, Yoshimura said.
Job cuts there have yet to be decided but are likely, he said. The workers at the Sendai plant will receive job-referral help and a severance package although Motorola would not give details.
Motorola has now shrunk its work force by 32 percent _ 42,900 jobs through layoffs and 5,500 through sales of businesses _ since it stood at 150,000 worldwide in August 2000.