There is hope a factory investment by South Australian food manufacturer Thomas Foods International will offset some of the jobs lost when Holden ends manufacturing in 2017.
As the Herald Sun reports, Thomas Foods signed a memorandum of understanding with CP Group in Bangkok last week on exports.
The deal followed a visit to Adelaide in March by the Thai company.
Chief executive Darren Thomas declined to say how many millions would be invested to increase output. He praised assistance from Austrade and the state’s trade department.
“From that visit, I’ve subsequently been to Thailand and China three times in the last couple of weeks to look at their global facilities,” Thomas said.
He said Adelaide’s northern suburbs would be a “logical choice” for a new site. The area is expected to be hit hard by the end of manufacturing at Holden’s Elizabeth plant in 2017.
The ABC reports Thomas as saying there was the potential for some auto workers to work in food processing.
"[That is] because of the high technology and automation, in that there are some skill sets there that I think would be useful and we've had discussions along those lines," he said.
CP Group is Thailand’s biggest private company. Thomas Foods is an Australian meat processor exporting to 80 countries and employing 2,500.