NEW YORK — As DuPont prepares for the sale of its textiles business, which last year represented 23.6 percent of its total sales, the Wilmington, Del.-based company is planning some major restructuring moves.

The company on Monday said it was planning actions that would cut its annual costs by about $900 million starting in 2005, involving an unspecified number of layoffs and the relocation of some of its operations to lower-cost areas.

“This is the most significant infrastructure streamlining and focusing in this company’s history,” said chairman and chief executive officer Charles O. Holliday, in a conference call with financial analysts.

As reported, by early next year DuPont plans to sell its $6.3 billion textiles unit, known as Invista, to privately owned petroleum giant Koch Industries Inc. DuPont said early last year that it planned to sell that business, and on the conference call Monday, Holliday said Dupont had spent the past 20 months figuring out how to reconfigure itself into a smaller entity.

Without the textile business, DuPont’s net revenues last year would have been $20.4 billion, instead of $26.7 billion. The biggest shift the company is planning is a relocation of more of its staff to points outside the U.S.

“We see very clearly as we come out of this recession that the customer base, particularly our manufacturer customer base, is shifting,” Holliday said. To adapt to the industrial migration to lesser-developed nations, he said, “We will be deploying leaders, be moving the center of gravity of the company to places such as China, India, Eastern and Central Europe.”

Holliday added, “We must play the new game by having our resources closer to these customers.”

He said DuPont was already considering what administrative functions it would be able to drop when the Invista sale closes. He declined to specify how many job cuts were planned or from which departments they would come, but said the company would make its plans clear over the next eight weeks.

DuPont expects to achieve $450 million in cost savings next year, he said. After the sale is complete, the company’s sales growth target will be 6 percent a year. Last year, the textiles unit reported aftertax operating income of $72 million. DuPont’s corporate net profits came to $1.1 billion.DuPont has substantially reshaped itself over the past decade. Most dramatically, in 1998 it spun off the Conoco oil business, which reduced overall revenue by about $20 billion.

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