Sony Ericsson Closing RTP Site Among Global Cuts

Cell phone handset maker Sony Ericsson is closing its North American headquarters in North Carolina as part of a global consolidation that will cut about 2,000 jobs.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the company broke the news to employees in Research Triangle Park early Wednesday.

The closure is part of a company strategy to cut its worldwide staff of 10,000 by 20 percent. Spokeswoman Stacy Dorster says the joint venture between Sweden's LM Ericsson and Japan's Sony Corp. is closing several sites around the world to consolidate research and development.

The 8-year-old company has 425 workers left at its North American headquarters after shedding hundreds of jobs in the past year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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