Ford ends car manufacturing in Australia after 91 years
October 11, 2016 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Oct. 11, 2016 – The last Australian-made six-cylinder Ford Falcon XR6 rolled off the Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne, Australia, last week, marking the end of the car maker’s 91-year manufacturing history in the country.
The closure of the facility will result in approximately 600 lost jobs, said the company.
According to The Associated Press, Ford will continue to “sell and service imported cars in Australia and Australia-based engineers will help develop designs of vehicles that will be manufactured overseas.”
In 2013, Ford — along with General Motors and Toyota — announced it would cease production of vehicles in Australia, as a result of “high production costs, distance from potential export markets and increasing competition,” reported AP.