Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Import competition has overwhelmed the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing industry over the past five years. Production volumes have plummeted as consumer demand has shifted away from locally manufactured vehicles due to the greater fuel-efficiency of many imported vehicles. Importers have benefited from a strong Australian dollar over the majority of the past five years and several free trade agreements coming into effect. Despite new car sales rising steadily over the past five years, much of the growth has been attributable to imported vehicle sales. As a result, industry revenue is forecast to fall by an annualised 2.9% over the five years through 2015-16, to total $9.6 billion.
Local motor vehicle manufacturers have traditionally manufactured large cars... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
The Motor Vehicle Manufacturing industry exhibits a high level of capital intensity. For every dollar paid as wages, an estimated $0.34 is spent on capital investment. Manufacturing motor vehicles is a highly automated process, although labour is required on the assembly line. A large amount of capital investment is required for production line equipment and machinery. Most manufacturing processes involve repetitive activities that are automated to increase production speed and cost efficiency. Capital requirements for the industry have increased slightly over the past five years. There has been significant investment into plant and equipment upgrades, and in processing and product development... purchase to read more