Ontario virtual summer camps will explore the skilled trades and technologies
Sponsored by the Government of Ontario and Magna, youth can develop skills and learn about career paths through virtual workshops lead by Skills Ontario staff.
New thermoset polymer-based camshaft module lightens automotive engine weight
As an alternative to aluminum, a research team from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has successfully manufacturing a camshaft module from fibre-reinforced thermoset polymers.
Plunge in Canadian auto sales decelerated in May, Scotiabank says
U.S. auto sales also saw a smaller decline in May, according to Scotiabank’s latest Auto News Flash.
Covestro and Neste partner for renewable raw materials for plastics production
The collaboration aims to replace several thousand tons of fossil raw materials in the production of polycarbonates with raw materials produced with Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons.
Federal government contracts GM Canada to provide 10 million face masks
With production beginning immediately, GM Canada will manufacture the face masks at cost at its Oshawa, Ont. plant for the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Magna wins 2020 PACE Award for composite space frame liftgate reinforcement
Said to be the first application of composite space frame for an automotive liftgate, the lightweight solution debuted on the 2020 Toyota Supra.
Ford of Canada increasing production of face shields
Ford’s Windsor site operations is now working to assemble more than 2.75 million face shields for distribution across Canada.
GM Canada to resume some engine production in Ontario
GM Canada said a portion of its HFV6 engine line in the St. Catharines, Ont. plant will resume on May 11, with most of the rest of its North American manufacturing operations resuming the week of May 18.
Canadian auto sales plunged in April, Scotiabank says
And while provinces will gradually start re-opening on varying timelines in May, Scotiabank expects auto sales to remain weak throughout the second quarter.
Mexico to reopen auto factories
The move follows a U.S. campaign to get Mexico to reopen the plants out of concern for the North American free trade zone’s supply chain.
Ford to resume European manufacturing on May 4
Ford said it plans to recommence initial production at its Saarlouis and Cologne plants in Germany, vehicle assembly site in Valencia, Spain, and its Craiova plant in Romania.
USMCA trade pact to go into effect on July 1
The date for the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement is a month later than initially proposed, after automakers asked for more time because of COVID-19 difficulties.
Volkswagen re-starts production at Europe’s largest car factory
VW said it resumed work at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, on April 27 at 10% to 15% of capacity, after the plant shut down production on March 19.
Global vehicle sales will drop 18% under extended COVID-19 lockdown scenario, report says
This forecast comes from a new report from market research firm IHS Markit.
Ford of Canada retools to make plastic face shields for healthcare workers
The automaker has begun production of face shields at its Windsor, Ontario operations in response to the need for COVID-19 protective equipment.
Canadian auto sales face “tough year” in 2020, Scotiabank says
The outlook for Canadian auto sales has weakened substantially in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak and policy responses, a new report from the bank says.
2020 North American International Auto Show in Detroit cancelled
The TCF Center, where the event was to have been held in June, will likely be repurposed into a temporary field hospital in preparation for the increased need for urgent health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Magna provides COVID-19 update, withdraws outlook
The Aurora, Ont.-based auto parts supplier has established “internal task forces” to deal with the potential impact of COVID-19 on its business.
Ford, GM, Fiat Chrysler suspend all North American production to stop coronavirus spread
The decisions follow discussions with the United Autoworkers Union as it urged the Big Three automakers to help look out for workers’ wellbeing.
Coronavirus leads Ford to idle Chicago assembly plant because of parts shortage
The closure is due to COVID-19 cases that halted work at a nearby Ford parts supplier.
Domo Chemicals to build nylon compounding plant in China
The new plant will be capable of producing 50,000 tonnes of sustainable and innovative engineered nylon compounds each year.
Canadian auto sales estimated as being “relatively flat” in January, report says
In the U.S., meanwhile, auto sales contracted modestly in January, the report from Scotiabank says.
Frimo and Hennecke form strategic partnership for automotive applications
Frimo is contributing its systems technology in the areas of molded foam, elastomers, and composites, while Hennecke is providing its metering and mix head technology.
Molded Precision Components is pursuing perfection
Located near Barrie, Ont., this full-service engineering, product development, and injection molding specialist produces over 70 million high-precision plastic parts each year. And you could probably count the rejects on the fingers of one hand.
Material supplier Teijin to establish European automotive centre
The centre will handle concept, designing, prototyping, evaluations, marketing, and technical research for next-generation automotive components.
GM to invest $2.2 billion to build electric vehicles in Detroit plant
The automaker will also invest an additional US$800 million in supplier tooling and other projects related to the launch of the new electric trucks.
Canadian auto sales “disappointed” in 2019, report says
This marks a second consecutive year of auto sales declines following the 2017 high, a new report from Scotiabank says, and auto sales are in for another bumpy ride in 2020.
APMA launches Project Arrow, an all-Canadian zero-emissions concept vehicle
The project, aimed to be completed by 2022, an effort to meet the Canadian federal government’s call for a zero-emission future by 2050.
Ford and McDonald’s collaborate to convert coffee bean skin into car parts
Drawing on Canadian research, the companies are giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using coffee chaff in vehicle parts such as headlamp housings.
Canadian auto sales were down in December, report says
The new report by Scotiabank also notes that U.S. auto sales dipped even more sharply in December.
Canadian auto sales dipped again in October, report says
Auto sales fell back modestly by 0.6% year-over-year in October, a new report from Scotiabank says, with flat fleet sales providing little offset to a continued decline in retail performance.
Magna buys Czech automotive lighting engineering firm Winpac
The deal will strengthen its engineering and electronics competencies and increase its forward lighting engineering capability in Europe, Magna said.