Time for car parts makers to diversify

MORE manufacturers will be forced to diversify after the Holden announcement. 

Ballarat Pressings was previously connected with the car company. 

“We were not directly through Holden, we were through a company called Frontline. We used to do all the towbars,” laser manager Kirrily Parry said. 

“Frontline do towbars for Holden, Ford and Nissan. They moved from Ballarat to Dandenong and we stayed with them for a while, but they got bought out by a company called Abcor and they are doing everything in-house now.” 

This change occurred three months ago, however, Ms Parry said they were given plenty of notice. 

“We had plenty of time to diversify and find some different customers and different areas to do work in,” she said. 

“A lot of metal manufacturers like us have always relied on the car industry because it was so big in Australia. 

“It is probably how most of the companies started but now if they want to keep going they need to find some other things to do.” 

Ms Parry said Ballarat Pressing had been focusing on the building and farm machinery industries.

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