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Caterpillar could cut 10,000 jobs by 2018

Published 24/09/2015

Caterpillar said it is cutting jobs as it pushes to reduce costs (AP)
Caterpillar said it is cutting jobs as it pushes to reduce costs (AP)

Caterpillar is planning another round of job cuts that could exceed 10,000 people through until 2018, as the construction and mining equipment maker adjusts to downturns in key markets that it serves.

That could amount to more than 8% of the 126,800 employees it had globally as of June.

The company, based in Peoria, Illinois, said that it will cut as many as 5,000 people mostly by the end of this year from its salaried and management workforce.

It could then cut thousands more, raising the total cuts above 10,000, as it works out which factories and manufacturing sites to close through until 2018.

Caterpillar said it faces challenging conditions in key sectors. Company officials said in a statement that industries such as mining, oil and gas, construction, and rail have a history that sometimes includes prolonged downturns, but they are the right businesses to be in for the long term.

Caterpillar also said that it was dropping its 2015 revenue forecast by one billion US dollars (£655 million) to about 48 billion dollars (£31.4 billion), and it says sales for 2016 should be about 5% lower.

Analysts expect, on average, revenue of 48.93 billion dollars (£32 billion) this year, according to FactSet.

The company did not update its profit forecast for 2015, but it noted that the lower sales outlook and higher restructuring costs will hurt profit. It said it would provide an update when it releases third-quarter results in late October.

The company said the job cuts and other expense reductions are expected to help lower operating costs by around 1.5 billion dollars (£983 million).

Caterpillar has trimmed its total workforce by more than 31,000 since the middle of 2012.

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