A battery plant would likely change economic trajectory of region

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star March 21, 2022 Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association president Flavio Volpe says the expected announcement of a new battery plant in Windsor is a transformational investment beyond anything previously seen in the Canadian automotive sector. Read article here.

Protest group continues to cause havoc for Ambassador Bridge traffic

Dave Battagello and Kathleen Saylors, Windsor Star February 8, 2022   Over 100,000 employees in the automotive parts, tool sector and other industry suppliers are being impacted by the protest choking bridge traffic in Windsor, said Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association. Read article here.

Unifor officials remain confident of Ford’s future in Windsor

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star September 29, 2021 “The real question is where does Windsor fit in Ford’s powertrain future? I don’t see a negative answer to that.” says Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association. Read article here.

Dream of autonomous vehicles crashes into reality of driving challenges

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star August 31, 2021 Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, discusses AV tech, the prospects for rollout and what we should all be looking for. “It’s the role of the regulators to dictate safety and boundaries. An innovator obsessed with boundaries never reaches them.”  Read article here.

Local firms show big interest in Project Arrow

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star March 8, 2021 Over 40 Windsor-area companies and more than 15 from London were part of the wave of 302 firms to put forth proposals to be part of the bid to create the first all-Canadian, zero-emissions vehicle dubbed Project Arrow. The request for proposals closed earlier this month and the […]

Windsor pursuing $2B battery plant that would employ 2,000

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star February 26, 2021 The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation has submitted a bid to land an electric vehicle battery production plant that has been described as the most advanced Canadian effort to date to secure the country’s first such facility. The proposal, submitted this week, is for a proposed $2-billion plant that […]

Businesses concerned over ‘vaccination gap’ between Canada, U.S.

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star February 10, 2021 The Canada-based Automobile Parts Manufacturers Association is reaching out to American trade and industry officials in the White House this week to alert them to the potential pitfalls of a “vaccination gap” developing between the nations. The United States currently is vaccinating its population at nine times the […]

University of Windsor establishes first Canadian transportation cybersecurity centre

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star January 28, 2021 The University of Windsor will be the site of Canada’s first organization dedicated to countering threats to the connected transportation marketplace. The SHIELD Automotive Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence will focus on developing the skills, innovations and policy to secure connected and autonomous vehicles. The cybersecurity centre got a […]

Biden’s Buy America policy challenging but not devastating

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star January 27, 2021 Automotive industry observers said the Buy American policy announced by President Joe Biden this week will present some challenges but won’t cripple Southern Ontario’s supply chain. Automotive Parts Manufacturers president Flavio Volpe feels the Americans focus of the policy is more on the Chinese, particularly in the area […]