Nokia is scaling back mobile phone production as the number of consumers buying handsets continues to fall.
The manufacturer has announced plans to temporarily lay off workers in its factory in Salo, Finland, that will affect 20% to 30% of the 2,500 workers at any given time.
It is also closing its mobile devices R&D site in Jyvaskyla in Finland, and will move activities to other sites in the country in Tampere, Oulu, Salo and the Helsinki metropolitan area.
The move, which affects about 320 workers, is part of restructuring plans that Nokia announced last year.
Nokia's senior vice president of demand supply network management, Juha Putkiranta, said: ‘With these plans, we aim to scale down Salo production to reflect reduced market demand, while operations in the factory continue uninterrupted. This is one of the measures we are taking to adjust our global demand supply network to the current situation.’
The manufacturer is currently consulting over whether to lay off around 60 employees in global support functions, and a further 30 employees in its services division.