Manufacturing News

Top five manufacturing stories for 2011

As the year draws to an end, the team at Manufacturers’ Monthly takes a look back at the biggest news stories that have shaped the Australian manufacturing industry in 2011.

Holden Cruze 2012 hatch rolls off production lines

This year saw the first Australian-designed and made Holden Cruze hatchback 2012 models come off production lines at the company’s Elizabeth, South Australian assembly plant 

Toyota Australia recalls 21,000 cars

Last month Toyota made 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, including the Camry V6 which was manufactured in Toyota’s Altona, Australia plant. 

Australian Envelopes to close; 300 jobs expected to go

In July this year, Australian Envelopes entered into voluntary administration as it struggled to find a buyer. 300 jobs were expected to go. However, a buyer was found in August in Victorian stationery manufacturer Envotec.

Chinese car wins Shonky Award

Chinese manufacturer Chery has produced one of shonkiest products available in Australia, due to its roofracks that come with a warning: ‘Do not use’. The J1 hatchback retails for AUD $11,990.

Australian steel giants report weak 2011 results

The steel industry took a beating this year and the results were confirmed by the country’s two largest steel producers, BlueScope Steel and OneSteel, announcing weak 2011 yearly financials.

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