Sony will cut jobs at TV group and headquarters, and close Japanese phone factory

The company said the cuts, part of 10,000 announced in April, will come mainly through early retirement and job transfers

Sony said Friday that its current round of job cuts will include workers in its struggling TV business and at its headquarters in Tokyo, and it will close a mobile phone and lens factory in central Japan.

The job cuts, part of a global staff reduction of 10,000 announced in April, reflect Sony's shift to outsource more manufacturing to component makers and vendors such as Foxconn. The company said the latest cuts will include about 2,000 workers and will come mainly from an early retirement program and shifting workers outside the company.

Sony said it will also close a factory in Gifu prefecture, west of Tokyo, that makes low-end mobile phones and digital imaging equipment including lenses. The imaging work will be shifted to a separate factory, while Sony will continue to focus on its higher end smartphones, sold mainly under the Xperia brand.

"This factory mainly makes feature phones for the Japanese market," said Sony spokesman George Boyd.

The electronics giant is in the middle of a restructuring plan that will reduce its global head count by 10,000 by March 2013, the end of its fiscal year. The company had 162,700 employees globally as of March of this year.

Echoing changes at other Japanese tech companies such as Sharp and Panasonic, which have moved and sold key offices in recent months, Sony will also make job cuts at its headquarters in Tokyo.

Sony said its latest staff reduction will include about 20 percent of the workforce at its main offices, or 500 to 600 employees, most of which are support staff. As the latest cuts are part of its existing restructuring plan, the company doesn't expect any new impact on its earnings forecast - Sony currently targets a profit of ¥20 billion (US$250 million) for the current fiscal year.

Sony is due to report its results for the July-September quarter on Nov. 1.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jay Alabaster

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?