Adobe shutters Taiwan sales office, cuts headcount

Software maker says closure is due to reorganization in the greater China region, but business will continue in Taiwan via local channel partners and support from its Hong Kong sales office.

Adobe Systems has closed its Taiwan sales office as part of its business reorganization in the greater China region, but will continue to do business in Taiwan through local channel partners.

Citing the company's statement, Central News Agency (CNA) reported Tuesday Adobe's office has been closed with effect from Dec. 7. Frances Peng, Adobe's Greater China communications manager, told CNA the company had reduced its workforce in Taiwan from 14 to 2, with 9 full-time employees and 3 contract workers laid off.

"Upon careful and deliberate consideration of our business strategy in Asia-Pacific, Adobe has made the decision to reorganize our business in the Greater China region. We will continue doing business in Taiwan through our local channel partners, supported by our Hong Kong sales office," it said.

Peng added the office closure will not affect Adobe's Taiwan sales and customer services since products will still be available through two local distributors--GrandTech C.G. Systems and Weblink International.

Adobe, the U.S. software maker behind Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Acrobat Reader, among others, is one of the latest foreign tech company to recently reorganize its businesses and reduce headcount in Asia. Earlier this week, Google-owned Motorola Mobility said it will close most of its South Korean operations by next year , and cut more than 500 jobs.