Micron Jobs cut in Italy appears to be ungratefull and short-seeing if we look at what Micron "harvested" from its "company shopping" in Italy:
A solid position in the highly remunerative market of Automotive
A consolidated customers relationship network in the ritical market of the "code storage" (NOR) memories
A "nursery" of next generation products for the above mentioned markets
Promising Technologies for future products and markets (the PCM)
Valuable Contributions in terms of Intellectual Property
Expertized Work Teams, inserted in a consolidated multi-site jobs network
Marketing Strategy, Technical and Scientifical knowledge
This jobs "killing" seems also non-sensical and deceiving after the high number of awards Micron recognized in 2013 to many ialian Teams and after the the money spent for "moving home" to a brand-new site involving the Agrate site just before the announced cuts!. God bless Micron!
However, they were foreseeable and will not be the last. When an overall job cut of less than 5% reduction results in 40% reduction in Italy, the future is more or less clear...
And why should Micron do R&E for PCM in Agreate instead of Boise?
Obviously the European memory strategy was not the best. ST first cooperated with Hynix until they learned to do chip design by their own. Then the merger with the NOR flash business of Intel to form Numonyx. These steps were all in contradiction to sustainable conservation of a semiconductor memory business and knowledge in Europe.
A merger/collaboration with the Infineon/Qimonda momory part and real subventions and backup from Brussels would have been the right steps in 2005-2007.
Memory devolopment in Europe is a phase-out model for a least five years now!
Very good analysis, I agree almost on everything.
About PCM to be developed/produced in Boise: time will say whether this has been a good choice: PCM projects are now stopped for Tech problems. My opinion is that Micron "core" (Boise) is not equipped to develop critical Technologies and Products, maily for its big push to production and limit to R&D role.
Why do these guys think that STM and Intel merged and then sold the business? NOR still has some uses, sure, but it is a dying chip. I can't claim to know the employment situation in the Italian fab, but my guess is that job cuts are warranted.
micron's facility in xi'an china recently signed an agreement with local samsung in which samsung will not hire any employee from micron xian. this is truely innovative and abused the right of chinese workers.
although americans critisize the chinese govt for humanright records but they never hesitite if they could take advantage by themselves.
Good question, but it could be reversed: why did Micron base its 2010 industrial plan on the acquisition of a NOR memory maker as Numonys (except the research-level PCM Tech), resulting in the great success that we know? NOR market is maybe dying, but still remunerative, especially in the Automotive sector.
About the "warrants": after 27 years at STM etc. I will gain an unemployment salary of monthly ~800e (after tax) for 3 years.... Considering I'm paying ~500e monthly for my home lone, you can now be aware of what's an italian unemployment "warranty".
man, u cant even afford 500 e home loan , that's truely sad. but could u extend your vision to china and lend a hand to the also abused chinese workers who are treated like slaves, their most basic right of switchinf job has been violated.by signing such monopoly treaty. most chinese workers are iliterate and dont know how to express(that's why commis exists).
its sad and a shame if the intl EE community turn a blind eye to such activity. even for you. please forward this information to the tech writers you know and show your stand. you r truely a man of judgement and moral instead of just some cold blood selfish whining for your own loss.
to verify such info is easy, just call any of samsung 's hunters.
junko, r u rdy to chime in as well?
Cf the article below. The Italian govt is now saying that STM should take responsibility for the 419 researchers that Micron wants to lay off, since the problem originated with them.
The Italian government is calling in STMicroelectronics to take responsibility for the 419 researchers which Micron Technology of Idaho is trying to sack in Italy. Micron wants to sack 40% of its Italian workforce. as part of a 5% global workforce reduction.
A meeting will be held in Rome on April 1st at the Italian Ministry of Labour at which ST may be forced to accept responsibility for the situation which started back in 2007 when ST decided to exit the flash memory business by putting its memory operation into the Numonyx joint venture with Intel.
- See more at: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/business/responsibility-sacked-micron-workers-falls-st-2014-03/#sthash.CNz2LVL7.uAMyd5Gu.dpuf