Australia’s transition away from car manufacturing going strong, says government

Supply chain companies which formerly supported car manufacturing in
Australia remain in business, despite the closure of the Ford, Toyota,
and Holden manufacturing plants, according to a government report
released this month by Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen
Andrews.

About 75 per cent of former supply chain companies remain
in business following the closure of the car manufacturing plants in
2016 and 2017, the Australian Automotive Industry – Transition following the end of Australian motor vehicle production report found.

Government
support was found to have contributed to this, with those impacted by
the transition supported by $380 million provided by federal, Victorian,
and South Australian governments together with Holden, Ford, and
Toyota.

“This report shows locally-owned businesses achieved the
best results by drawing on existing skills to diversify and take
advantage of new markets,” Andrews said.

Effective transition has
seen the supply chain businesses moving into new sectors such as truck
and bus manufacturing, as well as agriculture and medical technologies.

“For
future growth, electric vehicle markets offer significant opportunities
for businesses to participate further in global supply chains.

“Our
manufacturers also have strengths in emerging areas of light weight
components, battery recharging and cooling, and autonomous vehicle
technologies.”

Meanwhile, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small
and Family Business, Michaelia Cash, said the findings reinforce
reinforce a recent report conducted by her own department, which found
that 82 per cent of the affected workers were able to secure work and
four per cent of these started their own business.

“The successful
outcomes for car-industry workers shows what can be achieved when
industry and government work together. The support provided included
tailored career advice, skills and training assistance, health and
wellbeing initiatives and job search assistance through the Government’s
Stronger Transitions package,” Cash said.

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