A global automotive powerhouse, Ontario is home to a unique ecosystem of world-leading vehicle assemblers, parts manufacturers and research centres that have been meeting the needs of international customers for more than 100 years. Today, Ontario’s parts manufacturers are at the forefront of the revolution in lightweight materials, electric powertrains, driverless vehicles and connected-car technologies.
Opportunities at SEUS-CP
Because of its unique well established ecosystem of vehicle assemblers, parts manufacturers and research centres, manufacturers interested in establishing a presence in the market and that specialize in the following areas would benefit from participating in the 10th annual SEUS-CP conference – Trade Partnerships at Work:
- Equipment for tool & die shops
- Equipment for injection moulding suppliers
- Turbo chargers
- Technical Textiles
- Electric Cars and batteries
- Related ICT (i.e. connected cars, logistics and GIS)
Ontario has been North America’s top-ranked sub-national vehicle assembly jurisdiction for most of the period since 2004, producing more than two million vehicles annually for global markets.
Driving the success of that cluster has been more than 700 parts suppliers including Tier-1 multinationals, such as Magna, Linamar and Martinrea. Additionally, there are more than 500 tool, die and mold companies that boast cutting-edge design capabilities, and are acknowledged leaders in hot stamping and hydroforming technologies that are key to advances in light weighting.
The expertise of Ontario’s automotive cluster spans the entire spectrum, from proof-of-concept prototyping to production line automation systems to global logistics tracking software. Together, more than 103,000 people are directly employed in the auto manufacturing sector (vehicle assembly and parts).
Since 1990, Ontario assembly plants have won 29 quality awards from J.D. Power & Associates, more than any other state or jurisdiction in North America. Its extensive 3D printing network allows automotive design engineers to dramatically accelerate the transformation of digital files into physical parts without needing to build a tool.
A key ingredient in Ontario’s cost advantage is its R&D tax credit regime – one of the most generous among the OECD jurisdictions.
Ontario also has the lowest costs for automotive businesses in the G7. Canada has free trade agreements with more than 16 countries. Additionally, the current exchange rate for the Canadian dollar against many major currencies favors international buyers.
Ontario researchers are looking at how new materials and technology platforms can make vehicles smarter, safer and greener.
Ontario is in pole position in automotive innovation with its research, design and commercialization infrastructure. Best-in-class wind tunnels and acoustic chambers; premier test tracks; a dense network of ISO/IEC-certified labs; a rich labor pool of design engineers, software engineers, PLC programmers, specialized technicians and highly skilled tradespeople; world-class educational institutions in science and engineering; a supportive legal and regulatory framework.
It’s no surprise that breakthrough technologies from Ontario research labs are shaping the future of connected-car technologies, driverless vehicles and electric-hybrid powertrain systems. They’re helping OEM’s and auto parts suppliers worldwide meet changing customer demands, gain market share and stay ahead of the competitive curve.