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Sony to close smartphone plant in Beijing and shift production to Thailand
Published on: 2019-04-03
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030Sony Corp will stop making smartphones in China, the company said in a statement. As part of Sony's efforts to restructure its mobile business, the company will stop production at its Beijing smartphone plant, Beijing Sony Ericsson Putian Mobile Communication Co, at the end of March. The plant has offered its employees plans to terminate their contracts starting March 20, said the company.

Sony will continue to sell smartphones in the Chinese market and continue marketing activities, as well as provide comprehensive services and support for Chinese customers, the statement said.

051Security personnel stand outside a Sony smartphone plant as workers leave the compound in Beijing

Sony has five plants in China, including the Beijing one that is being closed.

031Globally, Sony has two smartphone plants, one in Beijing and the other in Thailand. There are no plans to shift production to the Thailand plant. Sony will continue making phones in the Thailand plant and continue outsourcing manufacturing, a Sony spokesperson told the Global Times on Thursday.

A man tries out the new Sony PlayStation VR during CES 2017A man tries out the Sony PlayStation VR during CES 2017.

According to Sony's earnings report in 2018 from October to December, its sales revenue declined by 10 percent year-on-year. While its mobile communications unit lost 15.5 billion yen ($140.4 million) in the period, according to the report released in February.

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