Cheap laptops may (or may not) be helping spur computer sales during a recession. But that doesn’t mean the companies making low cost mini-laptops aren’t feeling the pinch. DigiTimes reports that Asus and MSI, the makers of the Eee PC and Wind netbook lines, are both planning to reduce their workforces by around 10%.
Asus will reportedly layoff about 460 people, while MSI will eliminate around 1,000 workers. It’s not clear what, if any, impact these developments will have on the companies’ netbook lines. Asus has already announced plans to consolidate its Eee PC lineup, and says the workforce reduction will help the company focus on handset, monitor, and optical disc drive work. MSI says the job cuts are part of the company’s “regular operational process.”
via Eee PC.net