On Saturday @AuManufacturing reported that with Saudi Arabia inaugurating its first car factory, Australia is now alone among the G20 in not having it own car industry We said: “An outside observer looking in at Australia might surmise that our recent vision has been to consciously de-industrialise.” Here @AuManufacturing readers and members of our Australian Manufacturing Forum Linkedin networking and discussion group have their say.
“Its a disgrace…oh how the mighty have fallen. We had a solid auto manufacturing industry that we gave away and with it many capabilities were lost maybe forever” – Jurij Polischko, Flinders University.
“Thanks mainly to Abbot, Matthias Cormann and Joe Hockey” – Nicklas Lindewald, General Manager at Metimur Energy.
“Let’s move on from thinking making cars in Australia is coming back. It isn’t. And there is no reason to reinstate it. It’s not a hallmark of high value-added manufacturing or an industry with any export potential” – Jeremy Pooley, Director, Triple Innovation Pty Ltd.
“Ukraine, Serbia, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan outside the G20 make their own cars- they are also not ‘gurt’ by sea with a LOT of rail and other infrastructure into Europe, China etc” – Leigh Morresi, all round geek.
“Yes, very frustrating given Australia basically co-developed the global hit Toyota Landcruiser with our rugged rural proving ground. We really should be assembling EVs here. We need to be targeting the key elements of supply chains where we can contribute. Design, assembly and optimisation !?” – Christian Ruberg, Director Robotics Australia Network.
“Thanks for posting… I would think that cost of labour will continue to make it cost prohibitive to re-establish the car manufacturing industry agin in Australia… I would say… that rare earth processing along with battery manufacturing (and possibly recycling) is probably the way to go … I mean we are in the backyard to China… with over 1 billion residents and another close to another billion between everyone else in Indo-Pacific … imagine if manufacturing was established as a finished product… then we recycle batteries and put the material back in the production line” – Carlos Fortuna.
“I watched Bill Shorten fiddling while Tony Abbot burned our auto industry to the ground.
Here’s a question, why has a country like South Korea who after WW2 and a grinding a civil war, couldn’t feed themselves, had no natural resources to speak of, infrastructure was blasted to shreds until they finally got there act together through a tenuous peace and began the rebuild from the rubble. Now they have a huge auto industry as well as electronics, white goods and a thriving heavy manufacturing industry.
Now compare Australia’s strategy in the same time frame and where we are today.
So what of the future?” – Enzio Viti.
“It has cost our society a lot more than not making cars, we have lost our design and engineering capabilities, we have lost our trade skills, we have changed our education to humanities and political sciences, we have lost opportunities for those students not suited to university, we have lost many of our manufacturing companies, we have lost an identity that said as a nation we make things.
We did this because we did not want unionised factories to dictate labour rates” – Michael Slattery.
Australia alone in G20 not making cars
Picture: National Museum of Australia/Holden FX 48-215