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#1 dascind

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 07:47 AM

At the zenith of GMH production in Australia, there were assembly plants in the capital cities of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Steel for the manufacture of our Toranas and indeed other Holden models could have come from BHP in Newcastle, Port Kembla or Whyalla.

 

Today, only the Elizabeth Holden plant remains and steel is now only made in small quantities at the BHP Port Kembla works.

 

And of course, Elizabeth is to close its doors in the coming weeks. It follows the demise of Mitsubishi, Ford and Toyota in this country (makes you wonder what will be left to manufacture in this country?). VALE the Australian motoring industry.

 

So it might well be a prudent time to remember and reflect, especially in terms of our beloved Holden.

 

Are we then able to upload pictures of Holden plants, the assembly lines, the staff, Holden models being assembled etc etc. Of course, pictures of Toranas being made, even better.

 

A final pictorial reflection perhaps?

 

We will remember them.



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 07:57 AM

Plenty here:
http://www.hrc.org.au/memories.html

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 11:10 AM

Sad days indeed. A new Holden will never really be a proper Holden anymore to me.



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 04:05 PM

Sad days  indeed Dave,...some pages of good B&W pics of the pattern shops and press areas etc in the latest Just Holden mag. 

 

Not sure if can post here...or is that a copyright issue??



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 04:43 PM

Guess as long as you 'source/reference' them. But will a journey to local newsagent to pick up a copy anyway. Thanks Col.



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 08:30 PM

Do you ever think Australia will make a car again?

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:07 PM

The unions have made sure that won't ever happen again :-(



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:28 PM

Holden haven’t built anything that’s inspired me for 40 years. *

* I have secret love for the 2 door commodores so they’re excluded.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 11:11 PM

I think that the government's plural, all in general need a huge kick up the clacker for what's been allowed to happen within the car industry, I wouldn't just blame the unions, but a lot of the manufacturers were setting up over seas, China ect, over 5 years ago including ford. Bottom line is profit margin IS the only thing that they're interested in. The car industry is dead in this country. I do believe holden will be cactus in Australia by 2020. They've made some crap decisions in the last few years, the company we all loved died at the announcement of the closure, it went down permanently from that date, never to return. Many people are angry with the close of the car industry & rightly so !

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 07:00 AM

I blame the unions too........just why those blokes wouldnt work for the same money the Thia's do, has always infuriated me.



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 07:26 AM

IMO it was a combination of Govt policy (Keating and Button got the ball rolling), Unions, financial forces, Company Management and the consumer that led to the demise of vehicle manufacturing in Australia.

GM-H has always needed export markets to remain viable but when GM USA stole the Middle East market to boost their own viability (GM knew then it would spell the demise of Holden's manufacturing) it was the final straw.


Edited by S pack, 07 October 2017 - 06:45 PM.


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 06:26 PM

And Holden built better quality cars than GM in my eyes too.....



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 08:24 PM

I blame the unions too........just why those blokes wouldnt work for the same money the Thia's do, has always infuriated me.

Lol

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 02:01 AM

I blame the unions too........just why those blokes wouldnt work for the same money the Thia's do, has always infuriated me.


Hasn't that come back and bite us on the arse

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 02:13 AM

Not only in the car industry

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 06:50 PM

Swan song - at least a Holden took line honours at Bathurst today.
Again, we will remember.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 06:58 PM

Only Supercar race I watched all year.  Was good to see 1-2 over Fraud who were favoured to win again...



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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:05 PM

Yeah good to see Holden win again

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 01:19 PM

You blokes reckon you saw a Holden win?

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 01:29 PM

At the zenith of GMH production in Australia, there were assembly plants in the capital cities of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Don't forget Perth in that lot. You can also add New Zealand, South Africa, Philippines, Korea and Indonesia. (These are just the assembly plants. They were exported to another 50 odd countries.)

I found it sad that when the Toyota Altona plant closed down last week, I didn't hear any mention of it on the radio that day. 2500 jobs gone in one day!



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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:12 PM

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Edited by StephenSLR, 09 October 2017 - 02:19 PM.


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 03:05 PM

EJs heading to the Mosman assembly plant.

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I also wonder what will happen to the beautiful old art deco buildings at Fishermans Bend. 

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 03:13 PM

I also wonder what will happen to the beautiful old art deco buildings at Fishermans Bend.

 

Hopefully repurposed, their building in Marrickville, Sydney is still around, there's a lot of arty farty warehouses in the area now.

 

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:31 PM

Hopefully repurposed, their building in Marrickville, Sydney is still around, there's a lot of arty farty warehouses in the area now



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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:33 PM

I also wonder what will happen to the beautiful old art deco buildings at Fishermans Bend. 

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Hopefully heritage listed






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