GM Holden has appointed a new executive director of manufacturing; Richard Phillips, a former Holden apprentice, now reports to chairman and managing director, Mike Devereux.
Workers at Australian automotive manufacturing giant, Holden, can now gain access to the details of a new ‘collective agreement’ that will see their wages rise by up to 22.2% over the next three years.
The Australian manufacturing industry needs to be more globally aware, says Chris Stathy, managing director of valve and compression fitting manufacturer, Philmac. And with the strong Australian dollar, the threat to manufacturing is not just coming from Asia, but from Europe and North America.
Ezy-Fit Hydraulics recently opened a 700sqm extension at its headquarters in Salisbury South, Adelaide, which will enable it to increase production and create new jobs.
Ausco Modular, an Australian manufacturer of modular infrastructure, has won the contract to supply construction facilities for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, currently South Australia’s largest construction project.
General Motors Holden and the South Australian state government are in the final stages of a bailout agreement which will keep the carmaker operating in Australia.
GM Holden will cut back its South Australia assembly operations to a single shift from May, shedding 150 contract workers and allowing the car-maker to assemble cars in less time.
Food production revenue for South Australia last year was up almost a quarter from the previous year, totalling $4.36 billion.
Job losses at Holden’s Elizabeth plant remain the reality for the automotive manufacturer and it workers despite the multi-million dollar funding its parent company General Motors received from the Australian government, the ABC has reported.
BAE Systems Australia and Rosebank Engineering will build two new facilities in South Australia after winning a $177 million contract to manufacture tail fins for the US government’s Joint Strike Fighter defence aircraft.
South East South Australia is set to gain 200 new manufacturing positions, following an injection of state and federal government funds into a hydroponic herb production facility, a wool processor, and an agricultural operation.
Coca-cola Amatil (CCA) will build a new 35,000sq m distribution facility on former Bridgestone tyre factory site in Salisbury, South Australia.
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.
GE and Penrice Soda Holdings, working together as GE and Penrice Consortium, have announced an agreement with QGC for a brine pilot plant in South Australia.
United Dairy Power’s (UDP) decision to buy to two cheese factory in South Australia from Lion, formally National Foods, will save about 100 manufacturing jobs.
Australia’s automotive industry looks to be in good stead for 2012 with Holden having commenced production on its new Cruze hatch ahead of a November launch.
The opening day of Safe Work Week 2011 in South Australia will be marked by insights into how to deal with OHS disputes within the workplace.