It is no coincidence the federal government is increasing its existing multi-billion dollar subsidies to the car industry at the same time it is increasing the tax burden on the mining sector.
Manufacturing Minister Senator Kim Carr is confident a deal to secure Holden’s future as a car manufacturer in Australia will come to fruition, following news that the opposition treasury wants to cull $500 million of assistance formerly put aside for the automotive industry.
The future of Australian car-makers has been a hot topic of conversation in manufacturing circles this past month. I spoke with Holden Australia managing director Mike Devereux about the likely effects of the carbon tax, the future of the Elizabeth plant and its employees, and asked whether mining and manufacturing could co-exist.
Australia’s automotive industry has reportedly been ‘secured’ until 2016, with Ford and the Victorian and Australian governments guaranteeing $103 million and 300 new jobs for production of Ford’s Falcon and Territory SUV at its Broadmeadows facility.
Holden will make a decision about the long term manufacturing future of its Commodore car in the next few weeks.
American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson will close its Adelaide wheel manufacturing plant before Christmas.
Perth’s Quickstep Holdings has teamed-up with car manufacturer Audi and the German government to develop cost-effective solutions for high-volume automotive composite parts production.
Holden managing director and President of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Mike Devereux, says the carbon tax is a ‘heavy and unfair cost’ for local automotive players, and policy consistency is needed to secure the sector’s future.
Toyota Australia’s locally-built, seventh-generation Camry is now available in auto showrooms around Australia, with the new model expected to become ‘Australia’s best-selling mid-size car’.
Production will commence at Audi’s new Foshan plant in southern China from 2013. The new factory is the second Audi plant in China and will be set up to the Audi A3.
Toyota has confirmed its commitment to producing more ‘fun-to-drive’ cars with the launched its newest sports car, the Toyota 86 or “hachi roku” in its home market, Japan.
With a new workshop, boosted morale and a 100% increase in production, Bundamba-based Brisbane Tray Bodys Pty Ltd (BTB) has caught the eye of major clients, including winning a contract with a global mining, oil and gas company.
LANXESS Semi-Crystalline Products business unit has been recognised as the best supplier of high-performance plastics by MANN+HUMME.
A partnership between the CRC for Advanced Automotive Technology (AutoCRC), the University of South Australia and SMR Automotive Australia, has resulted in a new clean, green, plastic automotive mirror product which will be launched in 2012.
The Federal Government has pledged $148 million in funding for new Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) said to benefit Australia’s industry, including the country’s agricultural, automotive and urban water sectors.
Toyota has called a worldwide safety recall on three of its car models after insufficient adhesive around the steering wheel caused a local driver’s power steering to fail.
Kelly Racing received a design award for using manufacturing software to mock-up new car components that helped them win the ultimate prize — without even testing them on the racing track.
V8 Supercar constructor Triple Eight Race Engineering is using welding helmets from Welding Industries of Australia (WIA) to protect workers’ eyes from flash burn.
Reports suggesting Holden is considering phasing out major parts of the manufacturing chain for the iconic Commodore points to a worrying trend of off-shoring the very skills manufacturing needs in order to survive.
The first Australian-designed and made Holden Cruze hatchback models have begun driving off the production lines at the company’s Elizabeth, South Australian assembly plant.