Lower US exports blamed for Holden shift change
The United States purchasing a lower-than-anticipated number of cars from GM Holden in 2011 has forced the vehicle manufacturer to cut the second shift at its assembly plant, axing 150 casual jobs.
Holden cuts second shift at Elizabeth assembly plant
GM Holden will cut back its South Australia assembly operations to a single shift from May, shedding 150 contract workers and allowing the car-maker to assemble cars in less time.
Australians support car industry assistance: poll
A recent poll has shown a high percentage of Australians consider manufacturing essential to the economy, and think the government should support the sector with funding and job security.
Thales ups the ante in apprentice stakes; 20 new faces for defence dockyard
Thales Australia has hired 20 new apprentices and trainees – a record number for the company – at its Garden Island dockyard during the past year.
Manufacturers maintain growth for second consecutive month
Local manufacturing activity grew during January for the second month in a row, with the food and beverage sector recording the highest result, according to the latest Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI).