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Motorola to Close Texas Smartphone Factory

Motorola to Close Texas Smartphone Factory

Motorola to Close Texas Smartphone Factory
News from ABC News:

Google’s Motorola Mobility handset unit announced Friday it will shutter its North Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened with much fanfare as the first smartphone assembly plant in the U.S.

At the time, Google had explained its surprising decision by saying the plant’s location in Texas would enable it to fulfill customized, built-to-order devices and deliver them anywhere in the U.S. within five days.

But sales of its flagship phone, the Moto X, have been too weak and the costs of running the plant too high to keep operations going, Motorola Mobility spokesman Will Moss said. Singapore-based international contract electronics manufacturer Flextronics Ltd. operates the plant.

Even though the concept of the smartphone was pioneered in the U.S. and many phones have been designed here, the vast majority of phones are assembled in Asia. The Fort Worth factory has allowed Google to stamp the phone with “Made in the U.S.A.,” although assembly is just the last step in the manufacturing process, and accounts for relatively little of the cost of a smartphone. The cost largely lies in the chips, battery and display, most of which come from Asia.

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Google-owned Motorola Mobility to shut down Fort Worth smartphone plant
News from Dallas Morning News:

May 30, 2014 01:13 PM CDT May 30, 2014 01:27 PM CDT Google-owned Motorola Mobility to shut down Fort Worth smartphone plant

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