Another manufacturer loses out to “cheap imports”

The general manager of Victorian manufacturer Keppel Prince says 100 jobs are at risk after the tender for a wind farm near Ballarat was awarded to an overseas company.

Keppel Prince general manager Steve Garner told The Standard a South Korean company had been awarded the contract because their turbines were $100,000 cheaper.

Garner said energy giant Meridian had elected to use “cheap imports” and Keppel Prince only had enough work to last until April next year.

“I’m fighting for whatever I can get,” he said.

After last month’s collapse of RPG Australia, Keppel Prince are one of two turbine manufacturers in Australia.

But Garner said the company would be looking at shutting down the wind section of the business, and government and business needed to do more to support local manufacturers.

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