Holden, Electrolux et al. show need to buy locally: Australian Made

The Australian Made Campaign has said that yesterday’s announcement that Holden will not continue to make cars in Australia after 2017 demonstrates the need to buy local products.

Citing high-profile factory closures including Pacific Brands, Heinz and Electrolux (which will cease manufacturing at its Orange, NSW factory in 2015), chief executive Ian Harrison said that not supporting local industries damaged communities and employment.

“The real disappointment is that consumers in Australia seem not to understand that there will be consequences when they elect to buy imported products, as they have done with motor cars,” he said in a statement.

“Our message to consumers is to invest in great Australian products and produce, to help build a sustainable future, or risk losing more industries and more jobs, putting pressure on the entire economy and families all over the country.”