Delphi may trim jobs; 2002 forecast coming next week

Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. is considering further job cuts to prepare for the industry sales slowdown expected in 2002.

Company executives will share their 2002 forecast and detail any restructuring moves in a conference call to analysts Monday, Dec. 10. Employees will be notified of plans before then, Delphi spokesman Steve Gaut said. Facility consolidations are a possible outcome.

"We're looking at rationalizing and making as efficient as possible all our sites around the world," Gaut said.

Any job cuts would be on top of 11,500 announced in March. So far, 8,500 job cuts reductions and seven of nine planned facility closings are complete. Delphi also is negotiating with contract employment agencies to reduce payments and head count. Ford Motor Co., Visteon Corp. and General Motors all have slashed such payments by 7 percent.

Separately, Delphi said Friday, Nov. 30, that it would close a manufacturing plant in Desio, Italy, by the end of March. The plant employs 96 people and makes door latches, wiring harnesses and suspension modules. Production will move to other Delphi locations in Europe and Asia.

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