GM to end Australian production in four years

|By:, SA News Editor

GM (GM) intends to follow in Ford's footsteps and halt manufacturing in Australia by 2017.

GM will take pretax charges of $400-$600M in Q4, while 2,900 workers will lose their jobs.

"The decision to end manufacturing in Australia reflects the perfect storm of negative influences the automotive industry faces in the country, including the sustained strength of the Australian dollar, high cost of production, small domestic market, and arguably the most competitive and fragmented auto market in the world," outgoing GM CEO Dan Akerson said.

GM's decision will leave Toyota (TM) as the last major car manufacturer in Australia, although the latter might now also leave. The move will "place unprecedented pressure on the local supplier network and our ability to build cars in Australia," Toyota said.

The country's car industry is now in serious danger of collapse; it supports over 40,000 workers and 150 supplier companies. (PR)

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