Sony Mobile to cut 15 per cent of workforce in the next two years


Manufacturer announces head office is to move from Sweden into existing Sony offices in Japan

Sony Mobile has announced 1,000 redundancies and the closure of its head office in Sweden as part of a major restructure to reduce costs.

The cuts, which make up around 15 per cent of the handset manufacturer’s workforce, will take place over the next two years and are part of the firm’s restructure to ‘streamline its supply chain management’ and integrate the mobile arm into the main Sony Group operations.

Sony Mobile president and CEO Kunimasa Suzuki said: “Sony has identified the mobile business as one of its core businesses and the Xperia smartphone portfolio continues to gain momentum with customers and consumers worldwide.

“We are accelerating the integration and convergence with the wider Sony group to continue enhancing our offerings, and a more focused and efficient operational structure will help to reduce Sony Mobile’s costs, enhance time to market efficiency and bring the business back to a place of strength.”