Google’s Motorola Mobility finally taking out its footstep from South Korea, closing “most” of its operating in the company. The news come into picture after Korean publication DDaily leaked details from an internal memo about Motorola Mobility departure from the country. The move is a part of global restructuring in which a total layoff of 4,000 employees has seen. The company confirmed the following in a statement to TNW:
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 on exact numbers, the company spokesperson mentioned:
We’re not releasing numbers or any further specifics at this time, but the 10 percent refers to R&D staff, which is the majority of staff, though not all.