Canadian Association of Mold Makers
With Canada’s automotive manufacturing in decline — GM is shuttering Oshawa Assembly and Ford is scaling down operations in Oakville, Ont., after discontinuing the Flex wagon — someone had to take charge and lead Canada’s parts industry in a new direction.
In 2019, that person was Jonathon Azzopardi, who until his term ended in September led the Canadian Association of Mold Makers and is owner of Windsor, Ont., parts maker Laval Tool. He is at the forefront of a push to get his fellow parts suppliers to look to India, which is currently the world’s fourth-largest automotive market, but is poised to take the No. 3 position by 2021, and has a target of building seven million cars a year.
Azzopardi, 40, says that means opportunity.
India has an “aggressive” target of building seven million vehicles per year. “They’re big numbers. They have the population and they’re building the middle class,” he said.