Chinese household appliances maker Hisense will cut about 2,200 jobs in Europe by the end of the year because of a coronavirus-related demand slump, Slovenia-based Hisense Europe said on Thursday, reported Reuters.
The company said that March orders were down by a third year on year, by almost two thirds in April and are expected to be down by a quarter in May and June.
Hisense has 9,309 employees in Europe, 5,580 of whom work in Slovenia, with the rest mainly in Serbia and the Czech Republic, the company told Reuters. Hisense Europe now expects a loss of “several tens of millions of euros” in the first half of 2020, compared with a previously forecast profit of 1.1 million euros ($1.2 million).
“The number of employees will be reduced in all units of Hisense Europe,” the company said in a statement, adding that the process will include outsourcing, voluntary redundancy and retirement.
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