Friday , March 5 2021

Suns bring manufacturing back to Adelaide with factory opening



Manufacturing has returned to the heart of Adelaide's north with German battery giant suns opening its new factory at the old Holden plant.

The first batteries have begun assembled at the facility, over 12 months after car production has ceased.

Sun says it has already employed 50 full-time workers in Adelaide but that number is expected to grow to more than 400 by the end of next year.

Manufacturing has returned to Adelaide after German battery giant.
Manufacturing has returned to Adelaide after German battery giant. (9NEWS)
Sun already employs 50 full-time staff at the plant, with the hope that number will increase to above 400.
Sun already employs 50 full-time staff at the plant, with the hope that number will increase to above 400. (9NEWS)

Premier Steven Marshall says it provides new opportunities for those left without work following the Holden closure.

"It will create hundreds of new jobs – 430 jobs will be created here in South Australia for manufacturing and installation," he said.

"Already many of the employees employed by suns come from the original GM business which was also on this site.

To date, 14 GM employees who lost their jobs when the Holden plant closed have been given jobs with Sonnen.
To date, 14 GM employees who lost their jobs when the Holden plant closed have been given jobs with Sonnen. (9NEWS)
In the coming weeks, additional machinery will arrive at the factory to build into 50,000 energy storage systems.
In the coming weeks, additional machinery will arrive at the factory to build into 50,000 energy storage systems. (9NEWS)

"In fact there are 14 GM employees re-employed back in Sonnen's operations here in Elizabeth."

In the coming weeks, additional machinery and parts will arrive at the Elizabeth plant to eventually build 50,000 energy storage systems over five years, including those used for the state's $ 100 million home battery scheme.

"This corresponds more to the capacities we have in our German headquarter plant and two times more than we currently produce in our Atlanta, Georgia," said Sonnen CEO Christoph Ostermann.

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