Crisis summit on Ford closure underway in Melbourne

Crisis summit on Ford closure underway in Melbourne

ACTU National Secretary Dave Oliver says the car manufacturing industry still has a future as long as it adapts.

Car manufacturers, unions, and the Federal government are gathering in Melbourne today, to attend a crisis summit to discuss the implications of Ford’s closure on the car industry.

The action comes as Ford announced last month it would stop making cars locally in 2016, prompting widespread concern about the future of the car components industry in Australia.

Mr Oliver has told the ABC, all parties involved need to look for the answers, to assist the suppliers that have been hung out to dry.

Meanwhile, an expert in Australia business says while the closure of Ford was almost inevitable, other Australian car manufacturers are not necessarily facing the same fate.

Dean of the University of Technology Sydney’s Business school, Rpy Green, says Ford simply failed to develop the type of models the market was looking for.

He says as long as other car manufacturers adapt to the market, they still face a bright future in Australia.

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