Alcoa Fujikura Ltd. will eliminate more than 4,200 jobs at its Mexican automotive operations this summer because of efficiency gains at the wire harness company.
The work-force reductions at the U.S.-Japanese joint-venture supplier will affect three of its six Mexican plants. The company will eliminate 1,700 of the 11,000 jobs at its Ciudad Acuna plant and 2,550 of the 8,400 jobs at the Torreon, Coahuila, plant.
A third Mexican plant in Piedras Negras also will lose some of its 4,600 positions, but that number has not been determined.
Company spokesman Kevin Lowery says the job cuts are not the result of a business decline, and the work is not being shifted to other plants. Rather, he says, the cuts are the result of efforts to improve manufacturing efficiency at the company.
"We are getting more efficient in the way we operate," he says.
Last year, the venture posted worldwide sales of $3.1 billion.