It thus enables companies to cope with the challenges of producing increasingly individualized products with a short lead-time to market and higher quality. Intelligent manufacturing plays an important role in Industry 4.
Messenger By the end of next year, car manufacturers Mitsubishi, Ford, Holden and Toyota will all have largely exited Australian manufacturing, taking their assembly lines overseas where the cost of production is significantly lower.
This will create a vacuum for businesses that supply accessories and components to the Australian automotive sector. But beyond the direct impact to suppliers, our research shows there will be a significant impact on output and tens of thousands of job losses in downstream and upstream industries, and in particular, the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services PSTS sector.
This sector, defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, currently employs more than one million people, or around 8. The Australian market is too small and the industry cannot fully exploit economies of scale.
To remain solvent they have no choice but to use cheaper foreign production inputs including both labour and parts. The domestic market conditions in Australia has become untenable with a the lowering of import tariffs and the signing of Free Trade Agreements; b higher wages and better work conditions demanded by the unions; and c the appreciation of the Australian dollar.
It is very difficult to compete when labour costs in some Asian countries are only one-fourth of that of Australia. But the car manufacturing industry does not operate in isolation.
Importantly, the collapse of the motor vehicle industry could adversely impact the viability of the PSTS industry. This industry provides services in scientific research, architecture, engineering, computer systems design, law, accounting, advertising, market research, management and other consultancy, veterinary science and professional photography.
Depending on the extent of sectoral linkages, the number of resulting full-time job losses varies across industries. Assuming the closure of the entire car industry, Figure 1 shows the number of job losses in ten of the hardest-hit sectors. Many of these workers may have already found employment in other related industries, but this data serves to illustrate the way different sectors are impacted.
Valadkhani and SmythTable II, p. Previous studies have found car manufacturers provide technical support, transferable skills and employee training for the small suppliers of parts.
There are extensive knowledge spillovers from the automotive sector to other industries. Our results indicate that the collapse of the motor vehicle industry could severely disturb the PSTS industry by creating a vacuum in both upstream and downstream industries.
What is going to happen after the closure of this industry? Public comment from the car companies on this point has been patchy and is inconclusive.
Ford has stated that it will retain its production development centre and testing facility after it ceases manufacturing operations in Holden has hinted that it will retain its global design studio after it ceases manufacturing inbut has not commented on the fate of its product engineering work.
It seems inevitable that the collapse of the motor vehicle industry in Australia will create a large dent in the PSTS industry.
Otherwise, the lack of investment in these important areas will adversely influence the survival of the remaining industries, particularly technology-intensive industries.The automotive industry is a wide range of companies and organizations involved in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, and selling of motor vehicles, some of .
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