The Australian operation of Japanese technology
manufacturer NEC today said it would cut 153 staff as part of a
local restructuring operation.
"In line with NEC's global strategy, NEC Japan will re-absorb
the part of the local research and development group that was
outsourced to Australia," the company said in a statement issued
this afternoon, noting a business review was ongoing.
NEC Australia managing director Wataru Takeuchi said it was
regrettable and a "difficult decision" that the company had been
forced to cut staff, however, it was overall a positive move.
"The move is in direct response to feedback from customers that
recognises the quality of our products and our depth of market
expertise, yet found the previous nature of the organisation
difficult to do business with," Takeuchi said. "The restructure
will capitalise on our strengths and make NEC more effective and
easy to work with."
As part of the restructure, NEC will divide its operations into
four business units; Unified Communications, Managed Services,
Network Solutions and Display Solutions.
NEC said it was committed to the Australian market, with its
Melbourne-based research and development centre to still employ
dedicated engineers and research staff. "NEC Australia remains the
organisations' global centre for broadband access R&D and the
company is committed to supporting jobs in Victoria and across
Australia," NEC said.