May 16, 2020

South Australia’s Holden Factory could become an electric vehicle plant

Electric Vehicle
Holden Factory
GFG Alliance
Sophie Chapman
1 min
Holden Factory could become EV manufacturing site
The Holden factory, a previous car manufacturing site, is apparently undergoing works by the South Australian government.

The government has plans for...

The Holden factory, a previous car manufacturing site, is apparently undergoing works by the South Australian government.

The government has plans for the plant, located in Adelaide, to be used as a site for manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs).

Sanjeev Gupta, Head of GFG Alliance, has reportedly made an offer to purchase assets from the factory, with a public auction expected to have been due soon.

Tom Koutsantonis, South Australian Treasurer, urges GM – Holden factory owner – to consider the sale to GFG Alliance, in order for the site to be used for EV production.


“We are incredibly excited and supportive of the GFG Alliance’s bid and subsequent plans to ensure the continuation of our very proud history of automotive excellence and innovation in South Australia,” Mr Koutsantonis wrote to GM.

The EVs built in the factory would feature technology developed by a GFG Alliance partner company – Gordon Murray Designs.

The acquisition of the factory in order to make it a EV manufacturing facility could see the resurgence for car manufacturing in Australia.

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Jun 16, 2021 x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line

2 min and BSH announce plans to bring speech-to-intent AI to the assembly line that will increase factory efficiency and improve worker ergonomics has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines. 


According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.


What Sets Apart? 

After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.  


  • Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions. 
  • Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately. 
  • Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations. 


How Voice Automation Works

Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production. 


‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’. 


Future Global Adoption 

In the coming years, BSH and will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier. 


Said Probal Lala,’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’. 



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