Holden to stop pro­duc­tion

Last car to be built at SA plant

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - Iain Curry

HOLDEN has re­vealed its fi­nal day as a car man­u­fac­turer will be Oc­to­ber 20.

Fit­tingly, the fi­nal car built will be a Holden Com­modore at its El­iz­a­beth plant in Ade­laide. It will mean an end to more than 50 years of ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing by Holden.

Holden be­gan ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing at the South Aus­tralian lo­ca­tion in 1963, but had built the first all-Aus­tralian mo­tor ve­hi­cle in 1948 – the 48-215 or FX – in Port Mel­bourne.

It means from Oc­to­ber 21 this year, Holden will have com­pleted its fi­nal tran­si­tion into a full ve­hi­cle im­porter.

The com­pany an­nounced it would still make more than 30,000 ve­hi­cles in Aus­tralia be­fore man­u­fac­tur­ing ends in nine months’ time.

It also re­it­er­ated it would re­tain more than 300 de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers in ad­di­tion to 10,000 em­ploy­ees at Holden’s Mel­bourne head­quar­ters, its prov­ing ground, de­sign stu­dio and across its 230-strong na­tional Holden dealer net­work.

It has long been known Holden would hon­our its com­mit­ment to man­u­fac­ture ve­hi­cles at its El­iz­a­beth plant un­til the fi­nal quar­ter of 2017, but yes­ter­day we were told the ex­act day for down­ing tools.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of man­u­fac­tur­ing Richard Phillips said their pri­or­ity was giv­ing em­ploy­ees and sup­pli­ers ad­vance no­tice and pro­vid­ing cer­tainty.

“While this con­fir­ma­tion isn’t a sur­prise for any­one and we’ve been work­ing to­ward this for nearly four years, we can now con­firm the ac­tual date for our peo­ple and our sup­pli­ers,” he said.

“Putting our peo­ple first and fore­most has al­ways been our high­est pri­or­ity.

“This Oc­to­ber may bring to a close more than 50 years of ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing by Holden at El­iz­a­beth but I know it will be busi­ness as usual for our man­u­fac­tur­ing work­force un­til then – we have tens of thou­sands of world-class cars to build in com­ing months.”

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

FI­NAL RUN: Holden ve­hi­cle oper­a­tions mark the fi­nal VE Com­modore built.

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