New Victorian Automotive Company Roars

The Andrews Labor Government today congratulated Melbourne company Red Lion Engineering on a contract that will see it supply leading-edge automotive engineering services to China.

The contract was signed in Melbourne this week with Geely, one of China’s top 10 automobile manufacturers.

Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio, said the contract was a great result for Red Lion Engineering and Victoria and will create local jobs, promoting our industry globally.

Victoria’s automotive industry has a highly skilled workforce and this deal highlights its ability to adapt and grow into new markets using its considerable design, innovation, engineering and manufacturing capabilities.

Geely is one of the companies invited to Victoria as part of the 2015 Australian Automotive Week in Melbourne and the Andrews Labor Government’s first inbound super trade missions under the Victoria Invitation Program (VIP).

As part of the VIP, more than 200 senior buyers, investors and key influencers from around the world are participating in tailored business programs, site visits, and networking functions.

Red Lion Engineering, a new company founded by former Holden senior managers, was one of the 35 local companies from across the automotive industry featured during the 2015 Australian Automotive Supplier Showcase, part of Australian Automotive Week 2015 held in Melbourne this week.

Victorian Small Business, Innovation and Trade Minister, Adem Somyurek, said signing Geely as their first client was a great win for Red Lion Engineering and a fine example of what innovative Victorian businesses have to offer export markets.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio

“The Andrews Labor Government is supporting our automotive industry to successfully transition to other manufacturing opportunities, drawing on its skills in advanced manufacturing, design and engineering.”

“This contract will create local jobs and growth, and further promote Victoria’s automotive industry globally.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Adem Somyurek

“The Andrews Government’s inbound super trade missions will promote our local companies to a critical mass of international buyers. This contract is part of the boost in international investment and growth to come.”