Location of affected unit(s)
Jyväskylä, Salo
Information / Communication
Information Communication Services
61 - Telecommunications

320 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 February 2009
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


The mobile phone company Nokia is planning to close down its research and development unit in Jyväskylä and cut 320 jobs. In addition, Nokia has plans to temporarily lay off its 2,500 employees for three months during this year in its factory in Salo. The Salo factory's output is to be reduced by about 25 per cent. The sharp decline in mobile telephone sales is forcing market leader Nokia to streamline its operations around the world.

According to Antti Vasara, head of research and development of the mobile telephone unit, no stones were left unturned in looking for options before the decision was made to close down the Jyväskylä unit. "Last year we saw that the market was slowing down. At first we closed down the R & D unit in Bochum, Germany, and last year in Vancouver, Canada", Vasara says.

Jyväskylä has specialised in the development of smart phones, and especially their cameras in recent years. Nokia's market share in smart phones has declined by more than 20 percentage points in less than two years. After the closure of the Jyväskylä unit, Nokia has R & D activities in four locations in Finland: in Salo, Tampere, Oulu, and the Helsinki region. "If we look one year ahead, it is clear that the Nokia cost-cutting will continue. I firmly believe that we will be present in the four main locations in Finland." The temporary redundancies at the Salo mobile phone factory will be staggered so that production will not have to be stopped at any time. Nokia has already reduced the use of temporary workers and subcontractors.

The decline in sales is having a profound effect on the mobile telephone market, which has been on a growth track for more than ten years; production has constantly been planned with continued growth in mind. Nokia manufactures 80 per cent of its handsets itself, whereas its competitors have subcontractors producing most of their phones. The large proportion of its own production is one of the most important competitive edges that Nokia has had in scaling back its costs. "Salo is a very important part of our international production network. Now the entire international production network is being adapted to a changed market situation", says Juha Putkiranta, Senior Vice President of Nokia's Demand Supply Network Management. He will not specify what kinds of measures Nokia is enacting in other parts of the world, but they are believed to be similar to those in Salo.


  • 11 February 2009: www.taloussanomat.fi


Eurofound (2009), Nokia, Closure in Finland, factsheet number 68320, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68320.