Wednesday, December 17, 2008

UNIDEN to Cut Jobs in China

Japan-based UNIDEN Corporation is set to downsize its production facilities and workforce in China. And it will shift its focus to Vietnam, where the labor cost is much lower than China.

The company is scheduled to cut 1,200 of 5,705 jobs in its plants in Shenzhen by the end of March 2009. Contrarily, it will increase its employees in Vietnam from 4,955 to 6,500.

First it will shift wireless telephone production facilities from Shenzhen to Vietnam in the first quarter of 2009. After that, Shenzhen plants will be specialized in production of LCD televisions, microwave digital TV tuner and related components.

Its plants in Ji'an will also go through staff reduction. Employees of the plants will be reduced to 1,200 by March 2009 from 2,971 by the end of November 2008. In total, the company will axe 6,500 jobs in this country.