In July 2016, Seagate Technology announced it would be letting go of 6,500 employees globally.
A large part of these layoffs were expected to be in Malaysia, by shutting down the firm’s factory in Penang (3,000 staff).
As part of the global cost cutting exercise, Seagate now announced it will be closing a manufacturing plant in China (Sozhou) and laying-off 2,127 employees.
The 1.1 milion square foot facility was bought by Seagate for $1.9 billion in 2006.
As per the company, they will continue to invest in their factory in Wuxi, China and optimise the plant to meet current demands from the market.
Seagate is facing difficulties since the demand for hard-disk drives has been on the decline. It sold ~39 million hard drives in 1Q 2017, as compared to ~60 million in 1Q 2015.