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  • US-Canada Nafta trade: Northern light hoping for a silver lining

    March 17, 2017

    The new US administration has left a bit of a cloud over Nafta, and while Canada may not be the primary target of any renegotiation, the country – and its important automotive supply chain – could still get caught in the crosshairs. In this story… A three-way split Investment and strength Fear of uncertainty Border …

  • LDC Logistics buys the rest of Metro Supply Chain Group

    February 8, 2017

    LDC Logistics has acquired the remaining shares in third-party logistics provider Metro Supply Chain Group (Metro SCG) from private equity investor, Novacap. Over the past 12 years since Novacap’s initial investment, Metro SCG has expanded from its Canadian warehousing roots to provide customised solutions in warehousing, e-commerce fulfilment, transport management and post-production packaging in Canada, …

  • Armour replaces Toyota veteran Moore in Canada

    January 27, 2017

    It has recently emerged that Lee Armour (pictured) has succeeded Ernie Moore as national manager of the vehicle logistics division at Toyota Canada. Moore, who has retired, joined Toyota Canada over 26 years ago. He held a variety of senior management and executive positions within the customer services and logistics divisions, as well as spearheading …

  • Honda secures 4,000 jobs with new investment in Ontario facilities

    January 16, 2017

    Honda Canada has agreed to invest C$492m ($374m) in new facilities in Ontario, securing 4,000 direct jobs, according to the province’s government. Among the developments, the carmaker has agreed to build a new paint shop at its plant in Alliston that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 44%. It will also adopt new vehicle assembly …

  • Changing trade agreements in the spotlight after US election

    November 16, 2016

    A week after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential election, automotive manufacturers and experts are still piecing together what his new administration could mean for vehicle production, trade and investment across North America and beyond. Global trade deals with the US seem likely to fall back in priority or unravel, while uncertainty remains …

  • Concerns over global trade as Trump secures US election victory

    November 9, 2016

    Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton in the November 8th US election has created serious concerns over the future of the country’s major trade agreement with its neighbours, which has become such an important part of many carmakers’ and tier suppliers’ automotive supply chains. Markets and currencies including the Mexican Peso and Canadian dollar …

  • Ford confirms C$700m spend as Unifor members ratify wage deal

    November 8, 2016

    Ford Canada’s employees have voted in favour of a four-year agreement that the company has since confirmed includes a C$700m ($523m) investment at its operations in the country. Details remain scarce, but a spokesperson told Automotive Logistics that C$600m of the planned investment was earmarked for the engine manufacturing site in Windsor (pictured) and the …

  • ACEA backs VDA on Ceta’s potential to unlock further exports

    November 3, 2016

    The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) has backed comments by Germany’s automotive trade body earlier this week that the recently-signed EU-Canada free trade agreement could result in an increase in European vehicle exports to the North American country. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) was finally sorted out this week when Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin …

  • Ceta deal is an opportunity but TTIP is the main prize, says VDA

    November 2, 2016

    The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) signed this week may create an opportunity for increased vehicle sales to Canada by European manufacturers. But given how small that market is compared to the US, it has also highlighted the need to close the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as quickly as possible, German automotive …

  • Ford and Unifor reach tentative labour agreement in Canada

    November 1, 2016

    Ford and Canada’s Unifor labour union have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year national labour contract covering more than 6,400 employees. The deal comes after similar recent agreements between Canada’s largest union and carmakers General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), completing the round of wage negotiations between the union and the ‘Detroit Three’ …