The latest news on Holden manufacturing doesn’t have anything to do with an intentional shut down. In fact, it wasn’t something foreseen in the slightest.
ABC News Australia reports Holden’s Elizabeth plant was shut down due to a technical fault with an unnamed component supplier. As a result, the plant’s 1,500 employees were told to stay home and not report for work.
Spokesman Sean Poppitt said it was not expected to cause any long-term issues.
“Oh we’ve got some very smart and very dedicated people at the plant, and I’m sure they’ll be able to smooth out production volumes to make up for this in the long run,” he said.
Supplier issues are part of the nature of the beast in the automotive industry, which Poppitt also explained briefly saying, “we do work in a supply and demand industry, and with the principles of lean manufacturing and just-in-time manufacturing, mean that very occasionally, right across the world, issues like this can become a reality in a manufacturing environment.”
Last month it was announced 270 employees would be let go from their positions as manufacturing beings to wind down in the country. Holden production was scaled back from 290 cars a day, to 240.