Lang Lang in re­verse

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

The heart­land of Holden, its Lang Lang prov­ing ground, is safe again. The com­pany has re­versed its ear­lier de­ci­sion to shut down op­er­a­tions and sell the site as part of its with­drawal from lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing.

“This is an im­por­tant step in en­sur­ing that Holden and its prod­ucts con­tinue to speak with a strong Aus­tralian ac­cent, now and in the fu­ture. The world over, ev­ery­thing starts and ends with great prod­uct,” says Ste­fan Ja­coby, the head of Gen­eral Mo­tors In­ter­na­tional Op­er­a­tions.

“Our con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in the Prov­ing Ground and the GM Aus­tralia De­sign Cen­tre re­in­forces the strength of the Holden brand and the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to main­tain­ing a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence in Aus­tralia,” he continues.

“The Aus­tralian de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­ity is also a crit­i­cal as­set for GM glob­ally. This lo­cal team is a key part of our global de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing strat­egy for the fu­ture.”

This de­ci­sion pro­tects the jobs of around 200 people but, as yet, there is no clear pic­ture on what fa­cil­i­ties will be re­tained. At present Lang Lang has de­vel­op­ment and dura­bil­ity test­ing, as well as emis­sions and crash test­ing.

“We’re talk­ing a to­tal of about 200 people. We had a dis­cus­sion and we’ve been work­ing on our strat­egy. We’re bring­ing new prod­ucts and we thought it was im­por­tant to be able to test our cars and tune them for Aus­tralian tastes. It will be mainly for fine tun­ing for the Aus­tralian mar­ket.”

Ja­coby re­jected any cyn­i­cism in the re­ver­sal of the ear­lier de­ci­sion to shut the prov­ing ground.

“It’s not just a PR move. I think it’s good news for Aus­tralia. We main­tain a strong pil­lar here.”

The de­ci­sion to re­tain Lang Lang comes as Holden’s de­sign fa­cil­ity at Fish­er­mans Bend continues to be plugged in to global work, in­clud­ing the de­sign and con­struc­tion of con­cept cars for other coun­tries, in­clud­ing China.

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