‘Too much noise in the data’ to fully gauge USMCA

Emily Atkins, Automotive News Canada  July 29, 2021  Flavio Volpe, president of the APMA, said Canada has a chance to be the “battery capital of North America” if it can figure out the metals processing piece of the equation and the role of government funding.  Read the article here. 

Canada Conversations: Flavio Volpe: ‘We can be the battery capital of North America’

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada June 25, 2021 It’s been a bumpy first year under the new USMCA trade pact, but Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association President Flavio Volpe says that deal and Canada’s natural resources gives Canada “a little bit more leverage” in the global auto market. Flavio also discusses the status of Project Arrow. […]

Canada in a race to build the next best electric car battery

Jesse Tomas, Michael Edgar and Jack Baines, Capital Current May 3, 2021 This Capital Current podcast looks at the batteries this country will need to keep up and keep the cars running. Flavio Volpe, APMA president, says “We aren’t relying on your patriotism to make our businesses work, you’re smart & mobile, you’ll just go […]

Budget 2021 steps up Canada’s assault on climate change

Max Fawcett, Canada’s National Observer April 21, 2021 Erin O’Toole said that the Liberal government didn’t “offer any solutions”. As it turned out, Chrystia Freeland’s first budget was filled with them. Flavio Volpe, the president APMA, says it’s “a game-changer for (the) Canadian zero-emissions vehicles business.” Read the budget piece here.

Federal budget has billions for auto industry to tap into, and a luxury tax, too

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada April 19, 2021 The federal government plans to clean and green the Canadian auto industry through a number of measures and millions in spending introduced in its budget. Flavio Volpe, the head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, called it a “material, explicit commitment to net-zero investments in automotive.” Read […]

Industrial policy is having a moment. Will the Liberals seize it?

Mark Rendell, The Globe and Mail April 14, 2021 Flavio Volpe, president of the APMA, is quoted on this industrial policy and EV battery development piece. “You can’t get an anchor order from Ford unless you can prove you can make battery cells or batteries at scale.” Read the article here.

Canada envisions an EV battery corridor

John Irwin, Automotive News Canada March 29, 2021 Canada seeks to be a one-stop shop for battery manufacturing. Flavio Volpe, president of Canada’s APMA, said the country must overcome a startup hurdle to make it happen: Canada currently lacks capacity to process the raw materials needed for battery production. Reach the full article here.