The Victorian Government this week announced the agreement between Holden and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) to develop new vehicles for the Chinese market.
‘PATAC is a new joint venture between GM and the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC) which is responsible for providing automotive engineering, design, development and testing services to Shanghai General Motors and its offshoots in China.’
Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva said the agreement reinforced Victoria’s reputation as a highly skilled centre of excellence in automotive design and engineering.
“Victoria has been the home of Australia’s automotive industry for more than a century and is one of the few global locations with complete design, engineering and manufacturing capability,” Mr Dalla-Riva said.
“That is why the Victorian Government will continue to invest in this important hi-tech manufacturing sector as a major contributor to our economy.
“Part of this four-year PATAC partnership will see the development of at least two new vehicles for the world’s largest car market at Holden’s Port Melbourne base, which is a great boost for Victoria’s automotive manufacturing industry.
“Working closely with industry and research institutions, the Victorian Government strongly supports collaborative automotive industry projects, such as the PATAC venture.
“Victoria has also strongly supported supplier development programs and strategies to assist companies to work globally.”
Mr Dalla-Riva said the support the Victorian Government had provided to the design and engineering components of Holden’s new manufacturing plan, which was announced in March this year, had enabled research and development capacity to remain in Victoria and additional local contract work to be undertaken for the GM Holden global supply chain.