BlackBerry PlayBook production slashed

Poor sales of RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook means Quanta Computer, the Taiwanese manufacturer responsible for assembling the tablet device, is now being forced to lay off over 1,000 staff

The BlackBerry PlayBook news continues to get worse for RIM. A week after the Canadian company revealed it had shipped just 200,000 in the second quarter of 2011, news has emerged that production has been slashed at one of its affiliated Taiwanese factories.

Quanta Computer, which makes the PlayBook for BlackBerry, said only 100,000 of the slates had been shifted in the third quarter of the year so far and that maintaining production at current levels wasn’t worth it.

Because Quanta set up production lines specifically for the PlayBook and employed staff to work only on its assembly, it’s now having to lay off 1,000 of them.

The news will come as a bitter blow to RIM’s hopes for the device, which is finally set to get native email and calendar apps next month. But with other, newer tablets being released regularly, could the chances of it ever succeeding all but disappear?

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