Holden’s announcement of job cuts on Monday demonstrates the dual impacts of the strong Australian dollar and import penetration upon the beleaguered domestic automotive industry, Remy Davison discusses whether the industry needs support or should be laid to rest.
Ian Thomas, the president of Boeing Australia & South Pacific and the head of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Manufacturing Leaders Group, has spoken out in favour of taxpayer support for automotive manufacturers and their contribution to the sector’s “ecosystem”.
Mike Devereux, chairman of GM Holden, has refused to guarantee employment for Holden workers in exchange for government assistance.
The Victorian Opposition says governments across the country should be forced to buy Australian-made made cars in order to support local manufacturers.
The level of government support given to Australia’s auto industry has been defended after Holden announced that it was making 500 positions redundant, a quarter of its workforce.
400 workers at Holden’s Elizabeth plant in SA are to lose their jobs. In addition, a further 100 jobs at the company’s Victorian plant have also been made redundant.
Up to 60,000 Kia customers in Australia will have their cars recalled due to a faulty brake light switch, and the fault is also expected to hit customers worldwide.
Indonesia is often overlooked in conversations on the Asian Century. Though there are difficulties (and misconceptions) involved in trading with our northern neighbour, there are also great opportunities for advanced manufacturers.
Holden remained outside the top three car brands in Australia last month, with Toyota, Mazda, Hyundai, and Nissan all selling more new vehicles.
The Federal Government has talked up the benefit of its support for the automotive industry after Ford and Holden revealed they’d received over $3.3 billion in handouts.
Following the disclosure of the levels of government support given to Holden, subsidies to Australia’s three automotive manufacturers are in the spotlight, with Toyota Australia is choosing to keep its details a secret.
General Motors Holden has revealed that it has received $2.2 billion in federal government assistance over the last 12 years, which the company claims represents good value for money.
The Australian Workers Union says a Government Department’s decision to buy foreign-made cars is a “slap in the face” to manufacturing workers.
Mazda Australia has issued recalls of its Mazda6 sedans and wagons, after a potential fire
hazard was identified in the cars’ electrical converter system.
The Australian International Motor Show, scheduled to be held in Melbourne in June, has been cancelled, with a lack of sponsorship support from car makers blamed.
The Federal Government has announced a new round of funding to help automotive suppliers boost their competitiveness.
An engineering and manufacturing business in Adelaide has collapsed, leaving 120 employees out of work.
The upcoming Hannover Messe trade show in Germany will demonstrate a collaborative effort by over 60 organisations to create a virtual automotive factory, controlled by hand gestures.
The AMWU is calling on governments around Australia to buy more locally made cars in order to support the manufacturing sector.
Dutch engineering company Heijmans Infrastructure and artist Daan Roosegarde have teamed up to create futuristic road concepts.