General Motors Holden’s decision to pull the pin on its Melbourne manufacturing plant spurred renewed
debate around government-subsidised industry sectors.
The Australian Workers Union expressed fears over the weekend that Alcoa may shut its Point Henry refinery sooner rather than later.
Trade minister Andrew Robb and others within the federal government are showing their opposition to industry assistance.
Alcoa has reportedly given up trying to secure subsidies from the Victorian or federal governments.
Holden has said its brand and local manufacturing operations are not for sale.
A New Year has begun and most economists and media are providing their forecasts for 2014.
Toyota has repeated its claim that it will reveal by mid-year if it will continue manufacturing in Australia.
Alcoa’s Port Henry aluminium smelter at Geelong will have a review of its operations handed down in March.
Defence industry figures have expressed concern at the likelihood the federal government will not be able to increase spending in the next two budgets.
According to the popularity of stories on this website throughout the year, our attention was strongly drawn to 3D printing, factory closures and insolvencies, and the occasional bit of lighthearted news. And – no surprise in an election year – Manufacturers’ Monthly readers also came to us for policy news affecting the industry.
The lack of a federal assistance package for those working at the Gove alumina refinery in the Northern Territory is being questioned by locals.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has sent a strong message to businesses not to expect handouts from his government.
Prime minister Tony Abbott has announced strategic reviews of the South Australian and Victorian economies.
Prime minister Tony Abbott will today detail the government’s assistance package for workers affected by Holden ending its manufacturing operations.
Former federal minister Greg Combet has been appointed by the South Australian government to help plan a response to Holden’s departure in 2017.
As many as 1,000 workers are expected to march on Liberal Party headquarters in Melbourne to demand urgent federal government action to save Holden.
The Australian Made Campaign has said that yesterday’s announcement that Holden demonstrates the need for Australians to buy local products.
The end of manufacturing in Australia for Holden has highlighted the need for smarter industry policy, according to an expert on the manufacturing sector.
The cost of keeping automotive manufacturing in Australia is high and the investment not always spent wisely, but the loss of the sector would be profound.
There are massive concerns within the automotive manufacturing industry about the flow-on effects of Holden’s announcement yesterday.