Here's hoping Holden will disappear off GM Inside News - because it won't be GM anymore!Holden is set to examine a proposal from a Belgian entrepreneur looking to keep its South Australian manufacturing plant in
business beyond 2017.
Punch International boss Guido Dumarey has sought support from Australian politicians for an audacious plan to continue
building Holden's Commodore in Australia after General Motors shuts down its local assembly operation at the end of 2017.
Dumarey has met with local leaders to win support for his plan to develop the Commodore's rear-wheel-drive architecture for
future use. The scheme relies on a solid slice of funding from the $800 million Automotive Transformation Scheme put
together by Australian authorities, as well as General Motors and Holden handing providing intellectual property, tooling and
facilities necessary to keep building cars.
His company has history in the field, having taken over a GM-owned French automotive facility under threat of closure before
transforming it into a successful constructor of driveline components.
Speaking with Australian automotive website Motoring.com.au, the automotive expert says his plan must work for Punch,
Holden and State and Federal Governments.
"I think we must find a solution that is good for all parties," Dumarey says.
"It must be fair for the country, for the brand loyalty. It must be fair for everything and that is important."
Dumarey says a reinvigorated Holden plant could keep component suppliers in business and help turn around Toyota's
Altona plant in Melbourne, which is also set to close in 2017.