Victoria Minister for Manufacturing Export & Trade Richard Dalla-Riva
Baillieu Government Engages With Local Automotive Manufacturing Sector
Victor P Taffa
The Baillieu Government today cemented its commitment to the future of automotive manufacturing in Victoria as Minister for Manufacturing, Export and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva visited Ford Australia’s Victorian design and manufacturing sites.
Mr. Dalla-Riva said the Baillieu Government is working with the Automotive Manufacturing Sector to provide support and development opportunities to deliver and reinstate Victoria’s position as the Nation’s Premier Manufacturing State.
“Our Government will work collaboratively with industry, engaging with our local businesses such as Ford Australia to ensure that Victoria remains at the forefront of vehicle design and manufacture.” Mr. Dalla-Riva said.
“Melbourne’s history of more than 100 years in vehicle manufacturing has resulted in generations of expertise and broad industry capability.” the Minister said.
Ford Australia has been operating in Victoria since 1925, now employing around 3,500 staff across sites in Campbellfield, Geelong and Lara.
Mr. Dalla-Riva said the Government recognises the industry’s innovative, quality-driven manufacturers, and the role these Victorians play as contributors to our State’s Economy.
“Manufacturing is our State’s lead export sector at the aggregate level, employing over 300,000 people, and accounting for over $30 Billion in Gross State Product.” the Minister said.
The leading role played by Ford Australia in the recently announced global light commercial vehicle, the Ford Ranger, and small car, the Ford Figo for India, illustrates the global acclaim held by Ford’s local design and engineering centre.
Supported by the Victorian Government, the Ranger development project is the largest automotive design and engineering export project ever undertaken in Australia.
During the visit to Ford’s design and manufacturing sites, Mr. Dalla-Riva inspected the first element of a $230 Million Sustainability Project investment by Ford Australia the new Ford Territory with a V6 diesel engine.
Other elements of this project to be delivered in the near future include an advanced liquid injection LPG six cylinder engine and a high technology EcoBoost four cylinder engine for the Ford Falcon.
Mr. Dalla-Riva said these major initiatives will deliver significant CO2 reductions and other environmental benefits, and will continue to be strongly supported by the Baillieu Government.