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Motorola to leave South Korea in 2013

Motorola Mobility will shut down most of its operations in South Korea in 2013, according to a report from DDaily. The news comes from a leaked internal memo about the departure of Motorola regional president Jung Chul-jong.

Over 500 employees are expected to be made redundant as a consequence of a corporate restructuring plan, which has already cut Motorola’s global workforce by 4,000 employees. The firm plans to retain 10 per cent of its Korean research and development staff, to whom it will offer relocation packages.

These cost-saving measures were instituted by parent company Google, which acquired the firm earlier this year, as a means of returning Motorola back to profitability.

“The changes in Korea reflect our plans to consolidate our global R&D efforts to foster collaboration, and to focus more attention on markets where we are best positioned to compete effectively,” read a Motorola statement sent to the Next Web.

“Our Home business and iDEN go-to-market operations will continue operating in Korea. We will also continue to provide customer service and warranty support for mobile devices that have been sold in Korea," the firm said.