CBC News Windsor
December 3rd, 2020

Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association, says that companies are ready to step up and help produce parts for freezers as they did when the call went out for PPE and ventilators in the spring.

“What we’re doing is we’re doing the due diligence to know, number one: are the products we make or could retool to make can be helpful? I think the first answer is yes. And number two: can we do them at the scale in a production schedule that makes a dent?”

Volpe said that companies which are able to ramp up production at the beginning of the new year would be more helpful than those that could get up and running by the summer.

Volpe said Ontario auto parts makers do about $100 million worth of shipments in a day, and when it added medical supplies, that only created another three or four days worth of shipments in total. Therefore, he says, capacity is not an issue.

“It’s really a function of, do you have floor space and do you have time in the schedule,” Volpe said.

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