Parts association asks U.S. president to help Canada secure vaccines

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada February 12, 2021 The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) is so “genuinely worried” by Canada’s slow pace of COVID-19 inoculation it has taken to almost begging the United States for assistance. Flavio Volpe, president of the APMA, is concerned the United States is opening a wide “vaccination gap” that will […]

APMA board goes high-tech by adding big digital names

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada December 3rd, 2020 The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association’s board of directors is going high tech. The organization that represents about 300 Canadian auto supply companies has added a trio of board members, all with significant ties to technology, and not necessarily auto. Greta Cutelenco, CEO of Acerta, Kevin Magee, the […]

THE TIP OF THE ARROW

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada November 16th, 2020 In early 2020, the APMA invited industry stakeholders, including postsecondary institutions, to submit design and engineering proposals for Project Arrow, named after the all-Canadian-made Avro Arrow interceptor aircraft from the 1950s. The ambition to build an all-Canadian, zero-emission vehicle may be a “demonstration project,” said Flavio Volpe […]

Canada’s parts association asks industry to donate 1M masks during pandemic

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada March 24, 2020 The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association is calling on Canada’s auto industry to donate one million masks to those on the front lines in the fight to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. The APMA on Tuesday morning launched what it calls the One Million Mask Challenge. […]

APMA says medical suppliers will be forced to share specs with auto industry amid pandemic

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada March 20, 2020 If medical equipment suppliers refuse to share the technical specifications of the equipment they make with the auto industry, “we will force them,” says the head of Canada’s autoparts makers association. But the question is: How? “You ask nicely, wait respectfully, get frustrated and ask the government […]

Border closure not expected to affect production, supply chains or dealer stock

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada March 18, 2020 North American auto production and dealer inventory shouldn’t be affected by the mutually agreed upon decision by Canada and the United States to close its border, say industry stakeholders. However, it might not matter if automakers continue to shutter plants during the pandemic. Ford, Honda and General […]

Parts association boss challenges members to make medical equipment during pandemic

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada March 16, 2020 Canada’s parts suppliers are being challenged to source or even manufacturer medical equipment that could be in short supply due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus virus. Flavio Volpe, head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA), on Monday publicly called on members to “do our […]

Ontario offers $14M to auto industry to pay for apprentices

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada January 28, 2020 The Government of Ontario is giving the auto industry $14 million to pay for apprentices and work placements for postsecondary students and recent graduates. The funding, announced today at Cavalier Tool and Manufacturing in Windsor, Ont., will provide up to 4,000 work paid placements, each between four […]

Parts makers plan all-Canadian zero-emissions concept vehicle

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada January 8, 2020 Canadian auto suppliers aim to build and unveil by 2022 a zero-emissions concept car made entirely of parts and software sourced at home. Project Arrow is intended to highlight Canadian auto ingenuity, engineering, design and manufacturing. Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, said the […]