3Com to outsource manufacturing to reduce costs

3Com this week said it will outsource all of its manufacturing in an effort to further reduce costs, resulting in up to 1000 job cuts

3Com this week said it will outsource all of its manufacturing in an effort to further reduce costs, resulting in up to 1000 job cuts. Over the next six months, 3Com will move its manufacturing, distribution and related activities for enterprise network products to Flextronics International of Singapore and Jabil Circuit of St Petersburg, Florida, the company said. 3Com also established a Taiwan Design Centre for designing and manufacturing low-end, standardised volume products. The facility in Taiwan will be operational by the end of November and fully staffed with 3Com personnel and partner personnel by the end of May next year, 3Com said. As part of the outsourcing actions, 3Com said it would close its manufacturing facility in Dublin by the end of February. The moves will affect about 1000 3Com employees worldwide, the majority in the company's manufacturing and supply-chain operations.

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