What a half-open international border means for Canada’s auto industry

Dene Moore, Automotive News Canada August 30, 2021 While Canada has opened its border to vaccinated Americans, pandemic restrictions on nonessential travel into the U.S. have been extended until at least Sept. 21. “The effective reopening for cross-border travel for the vaccinated has been helpful,” Volpe said. But manufacturers have been forced into temporary shutdowns […]

US and Mexico fail to resolve dispute on trade rules for cars

Eric Martin and Keith Laing, Bloomberg News July 23, 2021 Flavio Volpe, president of the APMA, is quoted on a potential trade dispute on auto rules in USMCA. “Making the rules too cumbersome could cause automakers to forgo applying for duty-free treatment and instead pay tariffs that the U.S. charges under World Trade Organization rules.” […]

Why auto parts suppliers could be set for ‘roaring comeback’

Arturo Chang, BNN Bloomberg July 19, 2021 Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, discusses the ongoing supply chain shortages affecting the auto industry, trade tensions over car rules in the new NAFTA, as well as reasons to be optimistic about the auto industry’s outlook. Watch the interview and read the article here.

Complica EU competitividad automotriz (‘US Complicates Automotive Competitiveness’)

René Delgado, Entredichos, Reforma July 1, 2021 Mexican newspaper, Reforma, interviews Flavio Volpe, president of the APMA, regarding future of Mexico-Canada-USA auto, EVs, microchips, COVID19, labour disputes, international competition and the unique collaborations that make these partnerships great. Watch Interview here and see article below:

Ottawa mulls exempting auto workers from Canada-U.S. border shutdown

The Canadian Press April 8, 2021 Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says Ottawa is looking at expanding the categories of essential workers allowed to travel across the Canada-U.S. border. “This is good news. It’s important,” Flavio Volpe, head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, said of the government’s decision to at least look at making […]

Canadians should remain on guard when it comes to trade under Biden

John Irwin, Automotive News Canada February 25, 2021 After four years marked by tariff threats, trade fights and vitriolic tweets from Donald Trump, the administration of President Joe Biden is expected to bring more stability to trade relations with the United States. But those in the Canadian auto industry who hope the United States will […]

Canada-U.S. collaborations as companies turn to EV

The Mike Farwell Show, 570 News (Kitchener) February 18, 2021 Flavio Volpe, President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, explains how there is room for Canada-U.S. collaboration as companies turn to electric cars. Listen here (@ 65:00-76:00).

How Canada can capitalize on U.S. auto sector’s abrupt pivot to electric vehicles

James McCarten, The Canadian Press, Toronto Star February 14, 2021 WASHINGTON – The storied North American automotive industry, the ultimate showcase of Canada’s high-tensile trade ties with the United States, is about to navigate a dramatic hairpin turn. But as the Big Three veer into the all-electric, autonomous era, some Canadians want to seize the […]

Japanese and North American auto makers and parts makers accelerate EV investment in Canada

Hiroko Murata, Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun (NJD) February 10, 2021 Unofficial Translation below. North American and Japanese manufacturers of finished vehicles and parts are accelerating their investment in Canada for electric vehicles (EVs). Flavio Volpe, president of the Canadian Auto Parts Manufacturers Association, cited the easy availability of raw materials for batteries such as lithium and […]