Apple closes India subsidiary after one month

— 7:08 PM on June 5, 2006

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.

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