Nokia expands Dongguan mobiles production

Nokia is set to expand its mobile device production in Dongguan, China . The expansion will provide more capacity and flexibility to meet growing market demand worldwide, especially in China and the rest of Asia.

Dongguan is a strategic location for Nokia's global supply network for mobile devices. Increasing capacity there will help Nokia improve its competitive position in these fast-growing markets.  

Nokia anticipates the factory expansion will commence in 3Q06, and expects to ramp up gradually, with the work-force reaching approximately 1,900 employees when production is at full scale. The expanded production facilities will be located adjacent to Nokia's existing facility.

 "Dongguan is an elementary part of our global manufacturing network as a cost-efficient and well-functioning facility, and we belie ve that the expansion will further benefit our customers in the highly competitive and rapidly growing Chinese and Asian markets," believes Raimo Puntala, Senior Vice President, Operations and Logistics, Nokia.  

* Nokia currently has nine mobile device factories globally. In addition, the Nokia Chennai plant in India is planned to be operational in the first half of 2006. Nokia has six R&D units, four manufacturing sites and widespread operations in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The total number of Nokia employees in the Greater China area is nearly 6,000.

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