Holden announces end date for Australian production

Holden will cease Australian operations on October 20, 2017. Photo: stock image.

Holden will cease Australian operations on October 20, 2017. Photo: stock image.

Holden to end domestic manufacture of cars on October 20, 2017

The South Australian government said its “thoughts are with Holden workers and their families”, after the company announced an end date of October 20, 2017, for Australian production.

Automotive Transformation Minister Kyam Maher said today was “a difficult day” for South Australia.

“Although Holden has always said production will cease at the end of this year, today is a difficult day for South Australia, workers and the automotive supply chain with confirmation the last car will roll off Holden’s production line on October 20,” Mr Maher said.

“We continue to call on the Federal Government to support these workers with the urgent release of funding from around $800 million Automotive Transformation Scheme to help suppliers and workers and to create new industries.

“The people of South Australia have been very loyal to Holden for more than half a century and Holden have an obligation to repay that. If Holden don’t do the right thing over the coming months, I’m sure people will stop buying their cars.”

Holden announced its intention to cease production at its Elizabeth factory more than three years ago. Workers at the plant have been given support to transition into training and new employment.

The state government urged the Federal Government to prioritise releasing funds from its approximately $800 million Automotive Transformation Scheme to support Holden workers and help to create new industries.

Tweeting his comments, South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said it was “a sad day for our nation”.

“GMH will cease manufacturing cars in Australia shedding 1000’s of local jobs. It didn’t need to be this way.

“The end of Automotive manufacturing in Australia is the sad legacy of the Abbott/Turnbull Govts, this was choice, a choice they made.

“It could have been different, they could have partnered with the SA Govt & offered continued support, instead they chose not to.”

Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Greg Hunt, said “although this has been a long foreshadowed announcement, it is still a deeply difficult time for workers and their families”.

“Under the $155m Growth Fund, the Turnbull Govt will continue to do all we can to support workers and component manufacturers.”