Automotive components manufacturer cuts jobs, shifts to Thailand

 

Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec (SMR) Automotive is slashing jobs at its Lonsdale plant in Adelaide.

The move comes only a month after fellow South Australian automotive manufacturer Holden cut 500 jobs at its Elizabeth plant.

SMR will cut around 90 jobs at its plant, as it moves production to Thailand, according to the ABC.

It will reduce the number of contractors and offer voluntary redundancies to full time staff.

SMR manufacturers automotive components such as rear view mirrors and lights.

In 2010 the company received a $2.4 million grant from the Government's Green Car Innovation Fund to produce the mirrors.

It exported the majority of its components.

SMR blamed the consistently high dollar and increasing manufacturing costs for the offshoring move.