Keeping Australia’s car industry innovative is an important strategy for the newly-appointed Government, along with a push for a highly-skilled manufacturing workforce.
Speaking at an ACP Magazines dinner on the eve of the Australian International Motor Show, Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister, Senator Kim Carr, applauded the industry for being a world leader in automotive design and engineering.
“There are only 15 countries around the world that can do absolutely everything from automotive concept to final production. Australia is one of them,” Senator Carr said.
“While we are considered small in terms of our production volumes, we are exceptional when it comes to innovation. Our design, engineering and manufacturing capability truly exceeds most countries.”
Senator Carr’s address celebrated the industry’s achievements over the past 18 months and praised the ability of the industry for its performance and resilience through the global financial crisis.
“I am proud that in Australia three competing motor vehicle producers—Holden, Ford and Toyota—have been able to work with the Government to weather the financial storm and ensure the future of local manufacturing plants and technologies,” he said.
“We will continue to work with you. Our New Car Plan for a Greener Future has laid the platform for you to prepare for a low carbon future and make the industry indispensable to global markets and supply chains.”