Samsung cuts jobs at its last smartphone plant in China

The world’s largest smartphone maker, Samsung, is cutting jobs at its last phone manufacturing facility in Huizhou, reports Caixin Global.

The layoffs at the plant, which opened in 1992, are being carried out on a voluntary basis. Employees agreeing to leave with compensation will need to sign up by June 14. It is unclear how many people will be affected by the job cuts.

It has been a sharp turnaround. In 2017, the factory hired more than 6,000 workers to produce 63 million smartphones, about 17% of Samsung’s global production that year. The closure follows the shuttering of its smartphone plant in Tianjin in December, and the one in Shenzhen, which closed in April last year.

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