Jerry Dias, the ‘$5-billion’ blue-collar man

Joe O’Connor, The Financial Post November 30th, 2020 Dias may have commandeered the spotlight — Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, a national trade association, describes his ability to dominate the daily news cycle as his “secret sauce” — but behind the scenes, General Motors of Canada president Scott Bell had command […]

Why Ontario’s auto industry is undergoing a rebirth

Larysa Harapyn, Financial Post November 11th, 2020 Flavio Volpe, president of Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, speaks with Financial Post’s Larysa Harpyn about the upbeat outlook for the automotive sector. He discusses auto technology, rebirths and Project Arrow.

‘Brutal education’: Inside the mad rush to make masks to battle COVID-19

By Naomi Powell, Financial Post April 3, 2020  Overnight it seems, garment manufacturers, packaging suppliers and autoparts makers have turned their attention to goods that were once the domain of specialty medical suppliers. “We’re not putting all our eggs on the other side of the 49thparallel,” said Flavio Volpe, who, as president of the Automotive […]

Canadian auto parts makers team up to build ventilators with three companies

Magna, Linamar and Martinrea reach agreement with the province Emily Jackson, Financial Post March 27, 2020 Three of Canada’s largest auto parts manufacturers, the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association and the province of Ontario have agreed to focus much of their ventilator building efforts on three projects. Auto parts manufacturers have been working with government officials […]

Canadian auto suppliers in talks to build ventilators, masks during coronavirus crisis

‘If we can get the drawings and the technical guidance, we’re ready and willing to help’ Naomi Powell, Emily Jackson, Financial Post March 19, 2020 Canadian automotive industry leaders and government officials are attempting to strike commercial agreements with medical device companies to redeploy their idled production lines to make ventilators, masks and other vital […]

Why Canadian automakers should accelerate their electric vehicle capabilities

Auto industry faces dramatic risks from the global transition to electric vehicles and it could soon start impacting jobs, according to a new report Kevin Martine, Financial Post February 14, 2020 Canada’s gas-powered auto industry faces dramatic risks from the global transition to electric vehicles and it could soon start impacting jobs, according to a […]

First all-Canadian zero-emissions concept vehicle a response to PM’s innovation call

To be launched by 2022, Project Arrow will draw on Canadian expertise and resources to meet the carbon-neutral challenge Naomi Powell, Financial Post January 7, 2020 The first all-Canadian zero-emissions concept car, to be launched by the country’s automotive supply sector by 2022, will be introduced Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. […]

Canadian auto workers await ratification of GM-UAW deal

Company said to have lost US$2 billion over duration of strike, while workers gave up as much as US$4,000 Emily Jackson, Financial Post October 16, 2019 Thousands of Canadian auto workers could return to work as early as next week after a breakthrough in negotiations between General Motors Co. and the United Auto Workers union […]