6 responses

  1. Steve
    October 18, 2013

    I’m with you, I feel for the workers and their families. Labor costs are the key, being competitive is hard when you have China and Japan to contend with

  2. Binaca Wray
    September 18, 2013

    Sad to know about it…..local car manufacturer are going to close there business here in Australia, although they were launching nice models in previous days. Because Holden is a ancient company of manufacturing cars people are concerned emotionally they’ll miss it for sure.

  3. BooBoo
    September 7, 2013

    It is sad that car manufacturing will come to an end in Australia. I feel sorry for the workers and their families.
    High wages and operating costs have felled the death knell on manufacturing in Australia.i find it interesting, that while tears are being shed for Ford and GM, no sampathy was shown to Mitsubishi when it exited Australia. mitsubishi was trashed as a inept company that left Australian workers in the lurch and took taxpayers money. Ford and GM , did or will do the same, but its sad because they are family. While Mitsubishi is asian. The next Prime Minister would do well to woo Asian automakers like Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Hyundai. They are competitive unlike the Europeans and Americans who do best is a protected market. Incidentally. What will happen to the taxi fleet once the Falcon and Commodore are gone. Will it be Korean Sonatas or Australian Camrys.

  4. Jugular
    July 6, 2013

    Informative post it is very difficult for the workers there its better to select them for the new plants starting over there

  5. Ian
    June 27, 2013

    It is sad, Ford have stopped manufacturing vehicles here in the UK after about a hundred years (although they still make a huge number of engines and transmissions) with Transit van production being transferred to Turkey, the plant in Genk in Belgium is being closed next year with the loss of 4,300 jobs (the Mondeo will now be made in Spain) and now Australia, it is the end of an era, I also feel sorry for the workers and their families in the three countries, General Motors have also had to close plants recently, Antwerp, Belgium and now soon, Bochum in Germany, it is much cheaper to manufacture in Eastern Europe, Turkey, Thailand, India etc., Peugeot, Renault, Citroen, Fiat and others have either closed or will close plants due the sad state of the European car market.

  6. Brandon
    June 26, 2013

    Sad, but inevitable. Australia’s opening markets due to low tariffs, free trade agreements, and high labor costs, including a much smaller market means manufacturing in Australia was pretty much doomed. It was a matter of when manufacturing will cease not if. I feel for the workers and their families.

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