. . . and US Terror Attacks Catch Up with Local Aircraft Industry

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NORTH Wales' aircraft industry suffered its first jobs blow following the US terror attacks yesterday - with the threat of worse to come.

Stunned workers at Llaybased Trefn Engineering were yesterday told 124 jobs were to be axed, as the industry struggles to adjust to the post-September 11 slump. The figure was twice as many as expected.

And at BAE System's Airbus wing-making factory in Broughton came the first hint job losses could be on the way.

Union leaders admitted they were taken by surprise at the scale of job losses at Trefn, which carries out contract work for Airbus and Shorts of Belfast.

At Airbus, the mood was upbeat yesterday following a visit by Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy.

Manufacturing director Brian Fleet said: "I would be disappointed if we have too many job losses."

Phil Underwood, operations manager for Trefn's parent company, Trim Engineering Group, told the workforce the events of September 11 had resulted in major customers reducing their orders by pounds 8m or 22pc. …