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Old 12-11-2013, 10:24 PM   #1
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Holden to cease manufacturing operations in Australia by 2017

Holden workers on the assembly line for the VF Commodore at Elizabeth in South Australia.

Australia's entire car making industry and tens of thousands of jobs have been thrown into doubt by Holden's decision to close down.

Nearly 3,000 Holden workers are set to lose their jobs over the next four years as the iconic manufacturer winds down its Australian manufacturing operations.

The decision has prompted Toyota - the only other car manufacturer in Australia - to warn it will put "unprecedented pressure" on its ability to build cars in the country too.

General Motors Holden has announced the company will stop making vehicles by the end of 2017 - ending 65 years of building cars in Australia.

Key points
Holden to end its manufacturing in Australia by end of 2017.
Holden says 2,900 positions will be impacted over the next four years.
Blamed the high Australian dollar, high cost of production, and small fragmented market.
Will retain sales division, parts distribution, and a global design studio.
33,000 people employed in the automotive components sector are likely to also be affected.

The decision means 2,900 people will lose their jobs - 1,600 from the manufacturing plant in South Australia and 1,300 in Victoria.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says it is "dark day" for manufacturing in Australia.

"This is a dark day but there will be better days ahead," he told Parliament upon his return from South Africa, where he attended the Nelson Mandela memorial service.

"It is my determination ... to work with the people of Australia to ensure that the strengths of our society continue to be built on."

He said in the coming days the Government will be announcing measures "that will build on the strengths that we have, and which will offer hope for the people of the regions impacted".

"It will be a considered package of measures designed to rebuild confidence in the long-term economic future of those regions, in the long-term future of manufacturing in this country," he said.

Holden general manager Mike Devereux delivered the news to workers in Adelaide's Elizabeth plant.

"This is an incredibly difficult day for everybody at Holden, given our long and proud history of building cars in Australia," he told a media conference.

"But make no mistake, we have looked at every possible option to build our next generation cars here in this country to replace our existing models."

The decision has been met with regret by the premiers of South Australia and Victoria and by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.

Look back on history of Holden since its beginnings more than 150 years ago
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Mr Truss, who yesterday demanded an urgent clarification from the company about its future, told Federal Parliament he had spoken to Mr Devereux shortly before the decision became public.

"We regret the fact that GM is to phase down its operations in this country," he said.

"Holden has been an iconic national brand for Australians, a part of our heritage, which meant a great deal to Australians over several generations."

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine described Holden's decision as "terrible news" and is due to meet Mr Abbott in Canberra on Thursday.

He says he will be asking the Government for a substantial assistance package to re-train workers at Holden.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill described the closure as a "body blow" to his state, "not just economically but socially".

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described it as a "devastating" announcement, accusing the Government of failing workers by refusing to give Holden any more taxpayer funding.

"There has been a game of high-stakes political poker played, and unfortunately the bluff was called and the losers are thousands of Australian automotive workers and their families," he said.

"Holden said very clearly yesterday that a decision had not been made. Something has changed in the past 24 hours.

"They were told by the Federal Government of Australia, who were elected to govern for all, that there would be no more support and no more investment, and I believe that Holden were pushed."


The Holden boss cited a range of economic factors, but would not speculate on whether the government's move to rule out financial assistance had played any role.

"Australia's automotive industry is up against a perfect storm of negative influences, including the sustained strength of the Aussie dollar against almost all major trading currencies, the relatively high cost of production and the relatively small scale of the local domestic market," Mr Devereux said.

And he painted a bleak picture for the wider industry, saying that "building cars in this country is just not sustainable".


Toyota now determining its 'next steps'

Toyota, which employs 4,200 people in Australia, has flagged the difficulties Holden's departure will cause.

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Old 12-12-2013, 01:25 AM   #2
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I guess that leaves Subaru.
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:42 AM   #3
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Wait, where is the SS going to be made?
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It's part of GMs restructuring/reorganizing. Most of Holden product come out of Europe and Asia. Holden has a full range from compact thru light truck.

I think only the Commodore was made in Australia so that will move.

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Ford is out too, correct?
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I guess that leaves Subaru.
YES!!!

I wonder how many people even know about that time when everyone thought it was an Australian company... or still think that now >.>
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Ford is out too, correct?
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It's part of GMs restructuring/reorganizing. Most of Holden product come out of Europe and Asia. Holden has a full range from compact thru light truck.

I think only the Commodore was made in Australia so that will move.

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pretty sure this is incorrect.

Product in Europe is Opel and Vauxhall. The Asian product is mostly badge engineered product.
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pretty sure this is incorrect.

Product in Europe is Opel and Vauxhall. The Asian product is mostly badge engineered product.
Most of the Holden product is badge engineered Opel/Vaxhall product with the exception of the Commodore/Ute. The whole Australian operation is only 3,000 workers. I don't see that making more than one product line, the Commodore and it's pickup version the Ute.

I think they still offer a light duty Iszuz delivery truck with a Holden badge also.

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Most of the Holden product is badge engineered Opel/Vaxhall product with the exception of the Commodore/Ute. The whole Australian operation is only 3,000 workers. I don't see that making more than one product line, the Commodore and it's pickup version the Ute.

I think they still offer a light duty Iszuz delivery truck with a Holden badge also.

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thats not different from what I am saying. Just semantics with difference being that that Holden Product = actually manufactured by Holden and not rebadged.

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I got this email yesterday. Makes me sad

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As a valued Holden customer I wanted to personally contact you regarding the recent announcement that Holden will cease manufacturing in Australia in 2017. At this time all Holden vehicles will become fully imported.

It has not been an easy time for Holden. I can honestly tell you that we considered every possible option in an effort to retain our Commodore and Cruze manufacturing operations in Australia. But in reality, it just didnt add up.

As with every test weve faced during our 100-plus-year history, we are determined to rise to the challenge and hold our position as the iconic automotive brand in Australia.

So in short, Im telling you that the Holden brand is here to stay.

For you as a Holden customer nothing changes. Servicing and the availability of parts are all unaffected by this announcement, as are our warranty and roadside assistance programs. Together with our network of over 230 dealers nationwide, we will continue to provide you with exceptional service and support.

Our range of vehicles will be built via world-class platforms that leverage the scale and expertise of GMs global product team, just as many of our popular models are now. The local Holden Design Centre that has created and influenced so many famous Australian cars will continue to play a major role in the design of Holden vehicles sold in Australia as well as vehicles destined for all corners of the globe.

Our rich history remains in the heart and soul of every Holden produced now and in the future. Were known for cars that are exciting to drive, at the forefront of technology and that offer great value. All supported by a dealer network that provides excellent service. This is what we do best and this will not change.

We remain focused on securing a bright future for our brand and our customers in Australia.

Holden is here to stay and I thank you for your ongoing support.

If you require further information, please contact your Holden Dealer or Customer Care on 1800 033 349.



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Makes me feel better for having purchased my '05 GTO a couple of years ago now. A sad day indeed.
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Maybe the Australian facilities can start making guns. Oh wait.
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