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 […]

FCA merger into Stellantis viewed as positive for Ontario’s auto industry

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star January 14, 2021 The finalization of the Peugeot SA and Fiat Chrysler merger on Saturday is being hailed as a positive and necessary development for the domestic auto sector. “In these affairs there’s usually a dominant partner, but this one is unique in they’re equal sized partners. I think it’s a […]

Canada’s Project Arrow zero-emissions vehicle to begin its journey in Windsor

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star January 14, 2021 The APMA released its request for proposals to supply components for the Arrow, the first all-Canadian zero emissions vehicle, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Monday while also announcing partnerships with the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and YQGTech. Read the full article here.

GM-Honda Alliance presents opportunities to local suppliers

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star September 4, 2020 Canadian Association of Mold Makers chair Mike Bilton said southern Ontario’s automotive supply chain is in ‘prime position’ to take advantage of the newly announced General Motors-Honda North American alliance if the sector utilizes the same collaborative approach. In a joint announcement Thursday, the two auto giants said […]

Despite COVID-19, auto sector officials cautiously optimistic

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star August 28, 2020 The strong rebound in vehicle sales, as well as automakers moving ahead again with planned programs, make Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association president Flavio Volpe cautiously optimistic about ongoing Detroit 3 contract talks and the industry’s future. Talks will be challenging, but Volpe feels Unifor’s priority goal of new […]