As you know, Motorola Mobility has promised to become like a brand new company after the recent Google acquisition. You may have thought that their restructuring had finished after firing numerous amounts of people and minimizing their presence in some markets. They aren’t stopping there though, as the company has confirmed that they will be removing their presence in South Korea, where companies like Samsung Electronics and LG are residing.
This essentially means that Motorola Mobility will longer be selling or even marketing their devices in South Korea. Not only that, but Motorola’s Research and Development center will also be closing down their own operations.
Motorola isn’t the only company to have left the South Korean market, as HTC has also recently left the country as well. Since Samsung LG and Apple are the most notable and popular brands in South Korea, it’s quite understandable as to why companies like HTC and Motorola would be removing themselves from the market. Definitely a smart way to cut costs too.
Here’s Motorola official statement released earlier today:
“On December 10th, we began communicating to staff in Korea our plans to close most of our operations in Korea, including our research and development and consumer mobile device marketing organization. The changes in Korea reflect our plans to consolidate our global R&D efforts to foster collaboration, and to focus more attention on markets where we are best positioned to compete effectively.
Our Home business and iDEN go-to-market operations will continue operating in Korea. We will also continue to provide customer service and warranty support for mobile devices that have been sold in Korea.
This was a difficult but necessary decision. We are very proud of the work done by our talented teams in Korea, and the many contributions they have made to our business over the years. We will offer relocation to about 10 percent of our R&D staff there. For other employees we will strive to make the transition as smooth as possible.
We are grateful for the support of our customers in Korea.”
While it is sad to see Motorola have to close down a lot of its operations in South Korea and other parts of the world, hopefully this is the next step to becoming a much more efficient company. I’m sure that a lot of us can agree on wanting faster updates, better customer support for some handsets and an overall better Motorola.
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source: Phone Arena