As Ford Australia cuts 240 full-time jobs from its Broadmeadows assembly plant in Victoria, due to plummeting demand for the company’s cars, local industry can’t help but wonder, What would Henry Ford think?
Component manufacturers in Australia have a rare opportunity to supply to one of our three car manufacturers, Toyota, after the auto-maker was forced to put the brakes on its Victorian production as a result of slow supply chains out of Japan.
Japan’s earthquake is doing serious damage to Australian manufacturing, with Toyota’s local operations being forced to halt production at the Altona manufacturing plant by 50% for the next two months.
Ford will make 240 workers redundant due to plummeting demand for its cars in Australia.
THE outlook for the global robotics industry is rosy, with a great year in 2010 and promising prospects for 2011 and beyond, according to statistics for Industrial released by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) Statistical Department at the AUTOMATE event in Chicago.
GM Holden’s $112 million profit in 2010 is “a resounding vindication” of the support the Government has provided to the automotive manufacturer throughout the year, according to Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr.
Caterpillar has created an additional 50 jobs at its factory in Tasmania as it is struggling to keep up with the demand for underground mining vehicles production.
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will resume production at all its Japanese vehicle plants from 18-27 April, following almost a month of closure for some of the plants after the Japanese earthquake on 11 March.
SIEMENS is developing an inductive charging system for electric car batteries.
While the manufacturing industry was becoming more specialised in the 1990s, it was also becoming increasingly open with exports and imports on the increase. Hartley Henderson reports.
A photograph depicting the inside of a Toyota assembly plant as a ‘fantasy factory’ is on display as part of a well-respected photography competition in Paris.
A decade of contrasts, the 1980s saw the restructuring of Australia’s manufacturing industry and the birth of the Button car plan. Hartley Henderson writes.
Ford is researching one of the world’s first digital human child body models that is destined to serve as a digital dummy for computer crash testing in its cars.
The president of Toyota Motor Corp, Akio Toyoda, has admitted Toyota profits will be hurt as a result of the Japanese earthquake two weeks ago, however he says the company’s earnings are not high on his list of priorities right now.
Car manufacturers in the United States are beginning to feel the pinch from Japan’s earthquake three weeks ago, with Ford and Nissan halting production while they want for missing parts.
PROBABLY better known as the ‘make love not war decade’, the 1960s were in fact the peak decade for Australia’s manufacturing industry. Alan Johnson reports.
By the 1970s the world economic environment had changed dramatically. The ‘stagflation’ of the Australian economy reflected the greater world recession, triggered by oil price rises in 1973-74. Alan Johnson writes.
Quickstep Holdings Limited is “aggressively targeting opportunities in the burgeoning automotive composites sector” with a new light-weight panel developed using the Quickstep Process.
Honda Australia is recalling over 45,000 Accord Euro cars due to a manufacturing error that could see the car catch on fire.
Toyota Australia has saved $27,305 – and is expecting to save a whole lot more – through implementing sustainable manufacturing techniques at its Altona manufacturing facility. Hartley Henderson writes.