ROH Wheels boss predicts impact of car industry closure

The death of Australian car making will have a massive
impact on the whole manufacturing sector, according to the General Manager of
Adelaide’s ROH Wheels.

News.com.au reports that ROH Wheels is the last surviving local
supplier of car wheels Australia. Although the company is set to manufacture
wheels for the updated Toyota Camry which is set to begin production in early 2015,
it may not have a future beyond that date.

“I think we’re in for a shock, this is the tip of the
iceberg,” ROH wheels General Manager Bill Davidson told News Corp Australia.

However, in saying this, Davidson was not only referring to the
147 employees from his company.

“I think we’re headed for more closures in non-automotive
manufacturing, as well as automotive manufacturing,” he added.

Davidson said that he didn’t see any significant
manufacturing projects coming up.

“The government is
scaling back expenditure on defence, they’re going to buy more defence products
from overseas rather than build it here, so the hope of being able to retool or
continue to employ people, that’s going to shrink,” he said.

The South Australian Government yesterday unveiled a 10-point plan to help bolster the state’s economy. Significantly, while it outlines plans to
assist small and medium-sized businesses, it makes no specific reference to
manufacturing.

Instead, it foresees a strong future for industries such as food
and wine; education; tourism; and health.