Speaking in Shanghai on Saturday, industry minister, Senator Kim Carr emphasised the Australian government’s committment to the sustainability of Australia’s car industry.
“We’ve invested $6.2 billion towards the transformation of the industry and want to see the Australian automotive industry prosper. And to prosper, the Australian automotive industry must integrate within the world.
“We have been planning this trip for some time, to improve the level of collaboration between the Australian automotive industry and the Chinese automotive industry which is of course the largest in the world.
“Today we have met with General Motors and their joint venture partners, the largest automotive company in the Peoples Republic of China.
“We’ve heard that engine exports from General Motors plants in Port Melbourne are likely to increase by 400 per cent over the next four years to move from a present 6,000 volume through to a 20,000 over a four year period.
“That one particular event demonstrates the opportunities there are here for the Australian automotive industry; to be able to collaborate to improve its cooperation whether it be in light metals, whether it be in battery technologies, whether it be in fuel systems, whether it be in composite materials.
“Both the industries want to move towards a green future. We have the technology, we have the quality. We are one of the fifteen countries in the world that can make a car from the very beginning to the showroom floor and we want to share that technology and work with the People’s Republic of China in ensuring that we are able to improve the operations of both our automotive industries,” Senator Carr said.