According to industry sources, about 100 positions were sliced from Memjet’s Sydney, Australia research facility in February, one third of its 300 local workforce. Memjet’s US spokesman, Jeff Bean, said the job cuts aim to help better align the company’s R&D program with its commercial operations.
Much of Memjet’s R&D operations reside in Sydney, and its Commercial Division is based mainly in California, out of its San Diego corporate headquarters. This round of job cuts may indicate a shift in its R&D either to the United States or to its facility in Dublin, Ireland where the next generation of Memjet’s print technology is being developed.
Recent job cuts will probably show the uncertain future of the company’s local research team, which underwent a work shutdown in April last year during a bitter $600 million legal conflict between Memjet developer, Silverbrook Research and the US-based George Kaiser Family Foundation, its largest investor.