Burnaby R&D centre to be shut as Nokia announces 10,000 global layoffs

A research and development centre in Burnaby, B.C. is among the locations on the chopping block in a round of layoffs announced by Nokia today.

Nokia said it plans to cut up to 10,000positions globally by the end of 2013, and is selling luxury phonemaker Vertu in a bid to cut costs, even as it plans to boostinvestments in feature phones, and smartphones based on the WindowsPhone operating system.

The company also announced changes in its senior management and plansto acquire imaging specialists as well as all technologies andintellectual property from Scalado in Lund, Sweden.

Nokia also plans to invest in its location-based platform as a wayofdifferentiating its Lumia smartphones with services such as navigationand visual search applications such as the recently announced NokiaCity Lens.

On the expenses front however, Nokia said it plans reductions incertain research and development (R&D) projects, resulting inthe planned closure of its facilities in Ulm, Germany and Burnaby,B.C.. It will also consolidate its manufacturing operations,resulting in the planned closure of its manufacturing facility in Salo,Finland. R&D in Salo will however continue.

Nokia reported in April sales of

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