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Holden closed its factory of engines in Melbourne after 80 years of history


Holden is the only car company that was left with a hundred by hundred Australian DNA. When General Motors acquired it in 1931 followed retaining much of its independence, however, the economies of scale they send and now has just closed what was its last factory in active in the country. Of the lines of production of Port Melbourne has come out in these days the last block V6 after 80 years of operation uninterrupted.

Its doors opened in 1936 and in its lines have been built engines on a large scale since the year 1948. The blocks that has manufactured Holden have been four, six and eight cylinder both for consumption and for other brands of General Motors. In total more than 10 million engines have been manufactured, which have been exported to countries in which a brand of the Group was present.

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To Port Melbourne are you questions remain regarding the padlock in final form at the end of next year, when the current Commodore is taken from Opel in Germany production lines (will be a highlighted version of the next logo). Meanwhile operators remaining on the ground will be responsible for performing the last Commodore that will come out of the factory. In addition, also carry out the tasks appropriate to supply necessary spare parts so that your brand can continue to your official warranty in the country.

The worst of this situation are the dismissals that the brand is going to carry out. General Motors and Holden have dispensed with 175 workers, who will be rewarded for their work with a wage bonus extra. Behind them great part of the auxiliary industry and components of the country will be closing its doors and losing jobs. Early estimates coded it in some 700 companies and 10,000 jobs. The reason is that major manufacturers, such as Toyota and Ford, which had plants in the country have been closing.

Finally, Mark Bernhard, director of Holden Australia added that Holden will retain its footprint in Australia with a load of design on their cars, a large team of engineering and a network of important government services hand.

Source – Holden

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