Victorian automotive supply chain businesses are responding to the changing industry landscape by reshaping their operations, transitioning to other markets and developing new products. That was the message at the Automotive Supply Chain Transition Outcomes Forum, held in Melbourne on 28 March.

The event was the first of its type hosted by the Victorian Government, which brought together almost 60 automotive local supply chain businesses. Presenters at the event, included Brian Hughes from CME Engineering, Bernard Brussow from Backwell IXL and Dean Haritos from MH Group of Companies, provided insight about how they have successfully transitioned to other markets and found new growth opportunities. The forum was also attended by State Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan.

The Victorian Government’s Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program (ASCTP) has, to date, helped 44 companies to undertake 62 projects to help them develop and implement a plan for transition. The ASCTP is part of the Automotive Transition Plan to help Victorian automotive businesses transition into new markets, retrain and find sustainable new work for workers, and attract investment into the communities most affected by the closure of automotive manufacturing.

With the pending closure of Toyota and Holden later this year, the State Government has extended applications beyond 30 June.

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