OGDEN -- Autoliv Inc. announced on Monday the closure of an additional four plants as a part of its ongoing action program to handle the worldwide auto sales slowdown.
To consolidate and to adapt its production capacity to the current demand, Autoliv has decided to close plants in France, Germany, Mexico and Tunisia, the company said in a news release. None of its Utah facilities will be affected by the closings.
Autoliv has started to transfer the steering wheel assembly operations from its QuerAfA(c)taro, Mexico, location to the company's manufacturing facility in Matamoros, Mexico.
In January 2009, Autoliv acquired most of the assets of French steel stamping supplier NPC to secure deliveries. This facility will be closed early next year; approximately 140 associates will be affected.
Autoliv's seatbelt assembly plant in Tunisia will be closed and most of the production transferred to Autoliv Turkey. Approximately 650 associates will be affected.
Autoliv's steering wheel logistics center in Germany will close; approximately 32 associates will be affected by this productivity improvement.
"This is another important but difficult step in our action plan. In the highly competitive automotive industry we have to continuously improve our competitiveness and adapt the capacity to the actual demand," said Jan Carlson, president and CEO of Autoliv Inc., said in the news release.
Autoliv laid off about 7 percent of its Utah work force earlier this year, blaming the slowdown in new car sales. Nearly 300 workers at factories in Ogden, Brigham City, Tremonton and Promontory were affected at that time.