It’s one thing to make headlines, but the follow-through is the most important of them all. Guido Dumarey’s name first came up weeks ago, after reports of a secret bid to save the Zeta-platform, which underpins the Holden Commodore as we know it today, and to purchase the Elizabeth manufacturing facility from General Motors and Holden.
Since then, Dumarey has confirmed his bid for both Zeta and Elizabeth, but who is he?
Motoring caught up with the Belgian entrepreneur in an exclusive one-on-one interview to ask some of the most important questions regarding his plan to save a major portion of Australian manufacturing, which you can find right here.
Dumarey certainly seems to have the drive, and the knowledge, to ensure a successful takeover. He currently oversees Punch Powerglide, a former GM transmission plant. The plant was scheudled to close in 2014, and lay off its 1,000 employee workforce. Dumarey has since turned operations around, retained the workforce and is beginning to build ZF eight-speed automatic transmissions for BMW.
He also happens to supply six-speed automatic transmissions for the V6-powered Commodore, which is where he began to study and learn about the potential the Zeta platform possesses.
Will Dumarey turn dark days into a bright future? We don’t know, but he seems like just the guy to try.