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by Brett Davis

Holden is currently looking to recruit 50 new employees to undertake production work at the South Australian Holden plant in Elizabeth.

Although we don’t normally provide classifieds for jobs and careers, since this is in the industry and it does affect the amount of ‘Australian-made’ cars produced, we thought we should make an exception.

Australian consumers are demanding more variety and more technology lately, making it difficult for Aussie manufacturers to keep up. We then end up importing cars, or at least the main components for cars, from overseas to fill this demand.

According to VFACTS, cars built in Korea, Japan and Thailand took up 65 percent of the market during August 2010. And out of all the 82,122 cars that were sold last month, just 12,203 were made locally. It was good to see the Australian-made Holden Commodore achieved the greatest sales for the month though. And now to cater for the sales, Holden is looking to expand and produce more locally-made units.

Holden introducing new jobs for locals can only be good news for our industry. Martyn Cray, Holden Manufacturing Operations executive director, said in a recent report,

“The recruitment is good news for the manufacturing industry in South Australia and shows we are turning the corner this year. There’s a real sense of excitement at Elizabeth – we started building Series II Commodore this week and we’re very happy with all the work being done to introduce Holden Cruze to the production line early next year.”

Holden will be the only Australian company to manufacture a small car once the Aussie Cruze production begins, with the sedan and hatch scheduled for launch next year.

Holden says the 50 roles available will be offered as an initial 12-month contract, with strong prospects for long-term employment in the future.

The positions are advertised on seek.com.au and careerone.com.au
Shifts will begin on November 15.




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