none

BRITAX BABY SEAT MANUFACTURING FACTORY TO CLOSE

11-05-2016
by 
in 

Eighty workers will lose their jobs following a decision by Melbourne-based baby seat manufacturer Britax to shut down its Sunshine factory.

Britax, the last local manufacturer of child car seats, will move its production offshore.

An internal review found the factory was in need of significant investment to remain open.

"It is difficult for an Australian-based manufacturing operation to be efficient, particularly at a site which is almost 50 years old," Britax Australia managing director David Jackson said in a statement.

The company said operations will be wound down next year, with the first round of redundancies to start before the end of the year.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union's Craig Kelly called for the Federal Government to intervene.

Mr Kelly told the ABC it was a devastating outcome and something needed to be done to save Australian manufacturing.

"These workers aren't highly paid, so really, you can't drive down wages because they do need to support their family," he said.

Britax Australia employs 170 workers in Australia.

Related news & editorials

  1. 23.04.2019
    23.04.2019
    by      In
    Itron Inc, Vinci Energies’ Electrix and Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) are working together to create an industrial Internet of Things network to support smart lighting and energy solutions in Canberra. TCCS, which manages streetlights and other critical infrastructure, will deploy... Read More
  2. 18.04.2019
    18.04.2019
    by      In
    Australian energy generator and supplier AGL has secured the right to develop, own and operate a 250MW pumped hydro energy storage project at Hillgrove Resources’s Kanmantoo copper mine in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills, about 50km south-west of Adelaide. The mine has been in operation since 2010... Read More
  3. 18.04.2019
    18.04.2019
    by      In
    The installation of a new, state‐of‐the‐art mobile harbour crane in Simec Mining’s port in Whyalla, South Australia has further increased the port’s third‐party cargo capabilities. The impressive crane will replace the long‐serving stockbridge and significantly improve the port’s reliability and... Read More
  4. 18.04.2019
    18.04.2019
    by      In
    Resin flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Australia’s NSW team has moved to a larger facility in order to meet the growing demand for its products.
    Flowcrete, which started operating from the new premises in February, chose the site as it enabled the growing business to increase its stock levels and... Read More