Apple closes India subsidiary after one month
Indiatimes reports that Apple has
closed down its Bangalore, India-based development and support arm
just over one month after opening it. The Indian subsidiary employed 30
people who handled software development and technical support tasks, and
Apple planned to hire an additional 570 employees by 2007. Instead, all
employees have been laid off, albeit with a two-month severance package.
Apple gave no real reason for the sudden change of mind, simply telling
the fired employees, "the company is revaluating its operations and has
thought of pulling back its Indian operations." When pressed by
Indiatimes, an Apple spokesman said, "[we] have decided to put our
planned support centre growth in other countries." Apple's India branch
will live on with its current sales and marketing staff of 25.