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70 jobs to go at Marshall Power

Editorial

About 70 workers will lose their jobs when battery firm Marshall Power shuts it manufacturing operations in Adelaide’s north this year.

The Courier Mail reports that the company that manufactures the Exide and Marshall battery brands will move its manufacturing base to the Philippines and convert its Edinburgh North plant into a distribution facility sometime this year.

Some employees from the plant will be retained to operate the distribution facility.

In a statement Marshall Power sales and marketing director Andrew Duncan said that one of the reasons for the decision was competition from imports.

However, he also said the decision was unrelated to the fact that Holden and Ford are closing their Australian manufacturing operations.

 "Today's announcement is not attributable to any one specific factor and is not related to any decisions made by Australian car manufacturers," he said.

"All viable options have been explored and due to competing imports and to deliver increased value to all Australian and New Zealand motorists, we have no choice but to fully utilise our associated companies to manufacture offshore."

However, as the ABC reports, Peter Lamps from the Australian Workers Union said that the departure of Holden and Ford would have played some part in Marshall Power’s decision.

"Whilst not necessarily a determining factor, certainly motor vehicle production in this country ... would have had some degree of decision making from a company perspective given the fact that the company has been supplying the automotive sector here locally, both Holden, Toyota and Ford at one stage with batteries," Lamps told the ABC.

Marshall Power was founded in 1935. According to Lamp, the company employed as many as 300 people a decade ago.

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