A new engineering firm established by former Holden managers has sprung up out of Melbourne, and the group has just announced its first major coup.
Called Red Lion Engineering, the company describes itself as “an expert automotive engineering service company created by former GM Holden engineers”.
Red Lion says its engineers have an average of 15 years design and development experience and have executed major vehicle programs for the US, Europe, China and Korea.
The company can now also boast of its first major client, announcing a deal this week with Chinese carmaker and Volvo owner; Geely.
The contract involves Red Lion supplying “automotive engineering services” to the Chinese carmaker, and company engineering director Kim Cheong said the move was an important step in retaining Australian talent in the face of major changes come 2017.
By the end of 2017, Australia’s three remaining mainstream carmakers in Ford, Toyota and Holden will have departed, and Mr Cheong said losing local talent is a real risk.
“Australian engineers have world class skills in advanced vehicle engineering which are simply too valuable to lose,” Mr Cheong said.
“We targeted China as a growth market within the region and felt confident that we could identify a way to supplement and enhance Chinese manufacturers’ own future product development, using the skills of our local engineers.”
Mr Cheong said Red Lion was thrilled to have signed a contract with Geely, and that recruitment activity would begin soon to identify the best engineers to deliver on the contract objectives.
Cheong’s former title was ‘Engineering Director - Chassis and HVAC’ at Holden. Other Red Lion employees include Wen Shan; a former Cost Engineering managing and native Chinese speaker.
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