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http://www.news.com.au/finance/busin...-1227134563768

FORD Australia plans to hire 150 sacked Holden engineers in the coming months to develop new cars for China.
Last Friday Holden sacked the first of 200 Melbourne-based engineers that it will let go before Christmas, ahead of a further 400 engineering job losses before Holden closes its factory in 2017.
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Workers leave Melbourne's Holden plant after learning 200 engineers would be out of work
Workers leave Melbourne's Holden plant after learning 200 engineers would be out of work by Christmas. Supplied: News Corp Australia. Source: News Limited
The switch means that Ford will become by far the largest employer of automotive engineers in Australia, taking its vehicle development workforce from about 1050 to 1200, roughly 10 times more than Holden.
Holden will have fewer than 150 engineers remaining once its factory closes in 2017. Pict
Holden will have fewer than 150 engineers remaining once its factory closes in 2017. Picture: News Corp Australia. Source: News Limited
Ford’s engineering boss for the Asia-Pacific region, expat Australian Trevor Worthington, who visited Australia from China this week to launch the last ever Falcon, said he would be “happy” to help Holden’s sacked engineers.
When asked if Ford would hire engineers from arch enemy Holden Mr Worthington said: “Why not?”
He said Australian engineers were trained to “world class” standards, Ford was about to ramp up extra work for foreign vehicles, and there is a ready supply of ex-Holden workers.
Ford will not hesitate hiring sacked Holden staff, as ‘Australian engineers are world cla
Ford will not hesitate hiring sacked Holden staff, as ‘Australian engineers are world class’. Picture Jack Atley (www.jackatley.com) Source: Supplied
“The growth in our Australian engineering workforce over the next six to eight months … will be about 150 engineers,” he said.
Ford was not clear about which areas of expertise it would focus on but Mr Worthington said “we will get the right people for the right job”.
“Whether it’s chassis engineers, powertrain engineers, calibration engineers, instrument engineers … the work is cyclical,” said Mr Worthington, who expects the engineering workforce to remain stable at about 1200 employees “for the foreseeable future”.
Holden will have fewer than 150 engineers remaining once its factory closes in 2017, while Toyota is expected to have fewer than half that again.
Meanwhile Ford’s Broadmeadows car factory was given a boost this week with the new Falcon going into production — and demand is already outstripping supply, a situation Ford hasn’t found itself in for more than a decade.
Good as gold ... demand for the 2015 Ford Falcon XR8 is already outstripping supply. Pict
Good as gold ... demand for the 2015 Ford Falcon XR8 is already outstripping supply. Picture: Supplied. Source: Supplied
Demand is so strong for the new Falcon XR8 performance flagship — at $55,000 the most expensive model in the range — that Ford is urgently trying to double production of that particular model.
Several dealers have sold out of their initial allocation and orders being taken today will be delivered in March.
Ford only planned to build fewer than 1500 of its XR8 sports sedan over the next two years, roughly 10 per cent of the Falcon’s sales mix — even though 37 per cent of all new Commodores sold today are a V8.
Enormous interest ... Ford only planned to build fewer than 1500 of the $55,000 sports se
Enormous interest ... Ford only planned to build fewer than 1500 of the $55,000 sports sedan over the next two years. Picture: Supplied. Source: Supplied
“We are definitely looking at increasing XR8 volume, it’s fair to say we’ve been overwhelmed by the customer response,” said Ford marketing manager David Katic.
“It’s now a matter of going back to (parts) suppliers to see if we can increase our orders.”
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The XR8 has the same supercharged 5.0-litre found in the previous Falcon GT and comes with the same performance brakes, sports suspension and wider tyres — but it costs at least $20,000 than the old Falcon GT.
This reporter is on Twitter: @JoshuaDowling

This is not a shot at Holden but I'm glad to see these talented people being picked up by Ford,
this must be the best news for these people and their families so close to Christmas. I hope that
their expertise shows through in some fine products planed for the China and Asia pacific region.
 

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don't kid yourself GM is done in Australia once that last Commodore is sold
I'd like to think that if there was a chance to do something exciting, these people could play a part,
for sure the cars won't be built here but perhaps Ford could design something interesting for
Brazil-India-China markets that we could hopefully share.
 

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don't kid yourself GM is done in Australia once that last Commodore is sold

I believe you aren't far off the mark. I was having a general chat to a storeman I deliver to when I mentioned I quit my job so wont be back. Somehow we got on to the subject of Holdens and that himself and all his mates and relatives are done with the brand. Didn't even know the guy was into holdens.
His reasoning is because the decision to pull out of manufacturing has affected at least 12 guys and girls he personally knows. And that Holden isn't Holden without the Aussie built aspect.
 

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Holden has quite a bit of experience designing and building LHD vehicles too.
And obviously more experience than GMNA has at doing RHD vehicles!
 
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More likely for India or Indonesia as both are RHD
There's mostly LHD projects, this isn't Ford Australia, it's Ford Asia Pacific and they do most of the regions engineering work. It's also why they had a co a while back about leaked exposed images of Escort well ahead of its presentation in China. Not hard to imagine how we would feel if the roles ere reversed...
 

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Wow, like it's so hard to make a RHD car that there's no way GMNA could possibly do that.
True, it is not difficult, you just have to sell management on the business case for spending the money.

And GMNA has designed RHD before. The Volt is built both ways. Although I'm not sure that business case actually worked out.
 

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True, it is not difficult, you just have to sell management on the business case for spending the money.

And GMNA has designed RHD before. The Volt is built both ways. Although I'm not sure that business case actually worked out.
The Volt is built on the Delta II platform - all Opel platforms are automatically designed/build as LHD & RHD, despite Germany and the rest of mainland Europe being LHD only.
 
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