Toyota Australia has announced that October 3 will be its final day of vehicle production at its Altona manufacturing plant.
As part of the shutdown process, the plant will stop building Aurion vehicles in August, Camry Hybrid vehicles in September and Camry Petrol vehicles in October.
The company will continue operating both AM and PM shifts until the final closure date. This will ensure the total volume production of 61,000 vehicles for the year, made up of 26,600 domestic and 34,400 exports, is met.
Toyota Australia President Dave Buttner reinforced the company’s commitment to supporting employees throughout the transition period and beyond.
“Our priority over the remaining months is to continue to support our employees in every way possible so that they are well prepared for the future,” Buttner said.
“We remain extremely proud of our rich manufacturing history which spans over 50 years. Our employees are committed to producing vehicles of the highest quality as we work towards our goal of ‘last car = best global car’.”
As part of Toyota Australia’s transition to a national sales and distribution company, the consolidation of all corporate functions from Sydney to Melbourne will take effect by January 1, 2018.
As a result of this consolidation and closure of manufacturing, the number of employees will reduce from 3,900 people to approximately 1,300.
The head office will continue to be based in Port Melbourne and most of the Altona manufacturing site will be retained for new and relocated functions.