Delphi biz impacted by volcanic ash

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 20, 2010 at 7:31 AM EDT

By Business First of Buffalo - by Thomas Hartley

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Delphi biz impacted by volcanic ash

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 20, 2010 at 7:31 AM EDT

Delphi Corp., which has a 200-member tech center at Lockport and operations, customers and suppliers around the globe, is feeling the impact of the Icelandic volcano on air shipments.

It is unclear when restrictions will be lifted on fly zones affected by huge clouds of volcanic ash, but in the meantime, "Delphi is moving select product between North America and Europe by sea," said Lindsey Williams, a spokesman at Delphi headquarters in Troy, Mich.

Normal shipping patterns, including air, will resume as conditions improve, he said.

Airports across Europe were shut, hundreds of thousands of air travelers stranded and global shipping disrupted by the gritty plume of ash that drifted across the continent after the volcano's April 14 eruption.

"We continue to assess inventory status and customer schedules," said Williams, adding that several Delphi customers who potentially could be affected by the volcano have been identified and steps were taken to keep them supplied.