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APMA Windsor Regional Conference - Feb. 26, 2014 - LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER
APMA
APMA's Windsor Regional Conference, produced in partnership with GE Capital and supported by EDC, is set for next Wednesday, February 26th, 2014. This year's event will focus on Mexico and will highlight the opportunities Mexico has to offer Canadian automotive suppliers and how to take advantage of them. Keynote speaker will be Ignacio Altamirano, Purchasing Director for Nissan Americas. APMA has just added a new speaker: David McQueen, Director of Business Development for The Offshore Group. David's presentation will discuss the Real Costs of Manufacturing in Mexico.

With over $1B USD invested in the Mexican automotive sector each of the last 3 years and all major OEMs having established Mexican operations, production rates are climbing rapidly. Mexico surpassed Canada in vehicle production in 2013 and is expected to surpass 4 million units by 2017. This event is a great opportunity to learn the best strategies for expanding your business into Mexico. Follow the link below for more information or to register.

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APMA 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition - June 4-5, 2014 - Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available
APMA
SAVE THE DATE for APMA's 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition, returning to Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino in Windsor, Ontario on June 4-5, 2014. The theme of this year’s event is "Technological Leadership for Competitive Growth". Details on speakers, agenda, exhibit booths, and registration will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Sponsorship Opportunities are now available for this event. Annually attended by 600+ auto industry delegates, this is a great opportunity to gain significant corporate exposure with top-level industry executives. Opportunities are limited, so be sure to act quickly. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, follow the link below.
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IZB 2014 Automotive Supplier Fair - Oct. 14-16, 2014 - Canada Pavilion Exhibiting Opportunity
APMA
Originally created as an in-house supplier show at Volkswagen (VW) headquarters, the IZB Automotive Supplier Fair has become Germany's leading international automotive supplier trade show. Held in Wolfsburg, Germany, IZB will host a Canada Pavilion for Canadian suppliers in 2014. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company’s products/technologies to executives from Volkswagen and other German OEMs. Application deadline is March 24, 2014. Follow the link for more information on exhibiting.
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Supplier Alert: GM Announces Revisions To 2013 Terms and Conditions
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General Motors recently announced that it has modified its "General Terms and Conditions" which were originally released in June 2013. The Revised New Terms address several of the concerns that many suppliers had with the 2013 terms, modifying or eliminating some of the most controversial elements. A subject matter analysis of the Revised New Terms, including an analysis the changes between the 2011 and 2013 terms, has been done by Butzel Long. The analysis categorizes changes as High, Medium or Low Impact, although they may vary from supplier to supplier. Follow the link below to review the changes.
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Join APMA's Automotive HR Network Now
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APMA's highly successful Automotive HR Network program provides efficient job posting capabilities to multiple job boards, an applicant tracking system, and psychometric testing of candidates. With time, the Auto HR Network is evolving into the industry standard for automotive employers and employees. The available tools not only increase a company's reach when advertising job openings, but they also help to address critical skill shortages in the industry. Act now to take advantage of this APMA member benefit. For more information on this program and how you can participate, follow the link below.
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Business reviews now available on the Canadian Automotive Sourcing Guide
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Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our Canadian Automotive Sourcing Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. We are building a valuable resource for senior industry executives of automotive OE parts manufacturers and suppliers, but need your help to get it started Visit the Canadian Automotive Sourcing Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.



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Magna joins growing list of auto firms pursuing bio-composites
Canadian Manufacturing
Flax, hemp, rice and soy aren't just ingredients on the menu for an Olympic athlete. They're also what his car will be made of in the future. Some automakers are already using this so-called biocontent in their vehicles, and Canadian biocomposite developers are helping them to achieve their green car goals.

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Auto industry stalwart saw good times and bad
Windsor Star
Adrian Vido has a warning for young people contemplating a career in the auto industry. "Don't think you can work eight hours and enjoy the weekends. It's not going to happen." After rising through the ranks at Chrysler and more recently Ford Motor Co., Vido, along with his wife, Julie, decided to make 2013 the last year of a career that has spanned more than three decades.

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Bosch plays key role in enhancing vehicle engine performance
Calgary Herald
Bosch has consistently made key contributions to Ward's 10 Best Engines, and this year is no different. Eight of the award-winning engines feature Bosch gasoline, diesel or electric powertrain technologies, demonstrating its leadership in innovation and engine technology.

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GM reversal on some supplier contract terms called a step in the right direction
Crain's Detroit Business
After a more than five-month battle by suppliers, GM said it is striking several of the contentious changes it made in July to its purchasing contract. At issue were provisions in its terms and conditions, implemented on or after July 15, that suppliers would be held responsible if GM later determined that a supplier component built to GM specifications posed a safety risk to consumers, whereas past iterations limited supplier culpability to its products only if they didn't meet GM specs.
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Ford to build world car Edge in Oakville
Hamilton Spectator
A new vehicle with global ambitions — and tons of Hamilton steel — will be assembled in Oakville by Ford of Canada. The automaker announced that the new Ford Edge, to be sold in 60 countries around the world, will be assembled at its Oakville, ON, plant. The development means new job security for 2,800 autoworkers as well as for employees at ArcelorMittal Dofasco's Hamilton plant, which supplies Ford.
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Ottawa signals possible help for Chrysler's Ontario plant
The Globe and Mail
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, freshly armed with $500 million to subsidize Canada's auto sector, signaled recently that the federal government might offer substantial cash to keep Chrysler Group from closing an Ontario minivan plant. Fiat SpA chief executive Sergio Marchionne said last month that Chrysler could scrap an upgrade of the Windsor, ON, plant and move production and jobs elsewhere if government fails to come through with financial incentives.
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Chrysler optimistic deal will be reached with Ottawa and Ontario on expansion
Yahoo News Canada
Chrysler isn't yet close to a deal that will secure "significant" investment in its Ontario plants, but its chief executive said he was optimistic a funding arrangement could be worked out with Ottawa and Ontario. "We're approaching this with the best of intentions, I think we can bring it to a successful conclusion," Sergio Marchionne said after kicking off the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
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Union drive at Toyota's Canadian plants to press ahead, despite UAW's defeat at Volkswagen
Canada.com
Unifor's leadership says it is undeterred by the United Auto Workers' defeat at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the country's largest private sector union says it will press ahead with its efforts to organize Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.'s plants in Ontario.
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Magna joins growing list of auto firms pursuing bio-composites
Canadian Manufacturing
Flax, hemp, rice and soy aren't just ingredients on the menu for an Olympic athlete. They're also what his car will be made of in the future. Some automakers are already using this so-called biocontent in their vehicles, and Canadian biocomposite developers are helping them to achieve their green car goals.
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After UAW defeat, can GOP fulfil promise of jobs?
The Chronicle Journal
Republicans fighting a years-long unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture in the days leading up to a recent vote. They said if Chattanooga employees joined the United Auto Workers, jobs would go elsewhere and incentives for the company would disappear. Now that workers have rejected the UAW in a close vote, attention turns to whether the GOP can fulfil its promises that keeping the union out means more jobs will come rolling in, the next great chapter in the flourishing of foreign auto makers in the South.
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Massive training campaign builds for aluminum F-150
Automotive News
By the time the 2015 aluminum-body Ford F-150 hits dealerships in the fourth quarter, thousands of collision repair technicians, insurance estimators, Ford field staffers and others will have gone to school in one of the biggest industry training programs ever. The F-150 is the biggest-selling vehicle in the United States, and Ford wants to be sure there are collision repair specialists who know what they're doing the first time a wrecked one rolls into a shop.
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European automakers claw way out of slump, post gains in January
Canadian Manufacturing
European automakers continue to claw their way out of the industry's longest slump ever, posting the fifth straight month of growth in January. The European carmakers' association said car sales rose 5.5 per cent in January to 935,640 units. Still, the industry's six years of contraction set the bar low: sales were the second lowest for January in a decade.
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New 1.0-litre engine to debut in ADAM
Next Green Car
Vauxhall's new cutting-edge 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is set to debut in the urban-chic ADAM at the Geneva Motor Show. The ADAM is the first car in the Vauxhall range to receive the new, all-aluminium 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo petrol engine that has been developed at Vauxhall/Opel's International Technical Development Centre.
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