$10m grant to assist auto industry

31-05-2011

The Federal Government will provide $10 million in grants to help Australia’s automotive industry break into global supply chains.

Assistance to Ford, Holden, Toyota and the Co-operative Research Centre for Advanced Automotive Technology under the Automotive Supply Chain Development Program will provide valuable support to assist Australia’s auto sector compete more effectively in global and domestic markets.

Announcing the grants the Minister for Innovation and Industry Senator Kim Carr said the funding will improve supply chain efficiency and secure high-wage, high-skill jobs for Australian manufacturing workers.

“Australia is proud of its world-class component producers, vehicle producers and suppliers, Senator Carr said. 

“These grants will enhance key capabilities, improve efficiencies and help Australia’s auto industry reap the immense rewards that come from a stronger presence in global supply chains.”

Senator Carr said the Automotive CRC would receive $4.09 million to continue its work under the Automotive Supplier Excellence Australia program, mentoring and supporting firms across the breadth of the automotive supply chain.

“We are providing $1.16 million to Ford, $2.03 million to Holden and $2.37 million to Toyota to foster even closer collaboration with their own key suppliers, Senator Carr said.

And $78,000 has been awarded to EGR Automotive, $125,000 to Futuris and $100,000 to Toyota Boshoku Australia to help them build closer relationships with their respective Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers.

Senator Carr said the assistance would build on the $9.2 million allocated over the past two years to improving supply chain development initiatives being undertaken in the industry.

The Automotive Supply Chain Development Program is one of a suite of programs under the Government’s vision for the Australian automotive industry, A New Car Plan for a Greener Future. It is a competitive grants-based program that provides $20 million over four years.

For more information visit: www.innovation.gov.au.

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