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Posted Jul 10, 2012 7:38 UTC (Tue) by daniels (subscriber, #16193)
This is a company who had probably the single most diverse product portfolio in the entire industry, stretching to at least hundreds of products. Throw in the prototypes and you're up to thousands. And this is going from the very very cheapest 1110, right up to the N9 and other smartphones.
What you're saying makes absolutely no sense, sorry.
Posted Jul 10, 2012 8:30 UTC (Tue) by nim-nim (subscriber, #34454)
IIRC (and please correct if you have any proof to the contrary) it went like this:
1. New CEO decides to partner with Microsoft. Winphone requirements demand massive hardware reorientation
2. Nokia can't produce winphones at once. To held self-imposed deadlines Lumias needs to be subcontracted to one of the usual taiwanese winphone producers. It wraps an N9-derived shell around something very close to the Microsoft reference design
> Nokia outsourced the production of its Qualcomm-based Lumia 800 to
> Compal Electronics. According to Nokia, this was due to time constraints
> and Compal's experience with the chipset.
What madness is that? You don't externalize your core business ever. That's a basic rule. And if Lumia production was not Nokia's core business at this point why did it kill everything else?
3. Nokia publicly disparages its old product lines, tries to strong-arm all its parters (carriers, resellers) to accept winphones instead of what was previously agreed. Refuses to sell other lines if the partner doesn't push Lumias
4. Everyone switches to Android, Symbian tanks, Nokia does not want to sell Meego
5. Consumers recognize the taiwanese winphones they didn't want last year under the new Nokia cover and don't buy them
6. Nokia closes factories
I don't know if between 2. and 6. Nokia made any serious effort to re-internalise production, and even if they did (and taking into account that Compal almost certainly insisted on some volume commitments before producing) Lumia sales are so underwhelming they can't justify retooling most existing factories nor retraining the workforce.
Posted Jul 10, 2012 9:56 UTC (Tue) by daniels (subscriber, #16193)
It's not a massive hardware reorientation. Remember that Nokia had one of the most diverse product lines in the world, and I can assure you that they weren't reliant on a single supplier.
Even when they were, yes that does take time to ramp up in terms of sourcing and logistics, but it has absolutely nothing to do with shutting down factories. Zip, zero. The plant tools don't care whether the chip came from TI or OMAP or Sharp or Toshiba or Samsung.
Yes, it does take time, but Nokia - for all its strategic faults recently - has long been praised as one of the best handlers of its supply chain and logistics in the world.
Posted Jul 10, 2012 10:59 UTC (Tue) by nim-nim (subscriber, #34454)
Really? Are not the test processes vendor-specific?
Posted Jul 10, 2012 11:01 UTC (Tue) by daniels (subscriber, #16193)
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