185 workers have been axed from the Adria textile factory in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, as the future of the company hangs in the balance.

Adria's management is due to hold negotiations with unions over subsequent plans after the latest set of redundancies at the hosiery factory in the town of Strabane, which follows the axing of 175 workers in March.

The factory's management attribute the lay offs to an especially difficult international trading environment.

Adria added that the redundancies were fewer than originally expected, partly because of better trading since the start of 2005. The company remains optimistic over its long-term existence in the town, and said it anticipated keeping on approximately 300 workers.

Adria makes ladies, men's and children's hosiery goods in Northern Ireland, Turkey, Italy and Colombia. The company is the biggest provider of hosiery to UK retail giant Marks and Spencer and the Victoria's Secret lingerie and hosiery specialist chain in the US.