Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series that previously ran in the print edition of Automotive News Canada and examined the business potential India presents to Canada-based suppliers. You can read part one here.
WINDSOR, Ont. — The year was 2016, and the auto industry was on fire. New model releases were at a high mark. Sales were hitting record numbers. And Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing wanted to capitalize on the booming sector.
The Windsor-based tool shop, which employs 155 people, had the capacity to do so, but like many parts suppliers in Canada, it was short on computer-assisted design (CAD ) technicians.
“It was the bottleneck,” said Tim Galbraith, Cavalier’s sales manager. “We didn’t have enough people and bums in the design seats to crank out enough files and computer programs to the shop in order to do more business.”
But the design shortage no longer exists at the company. Cavalier recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its office in India, Cavalier Tool India (CTI), where 10 designers and two other staffers have filled the hiring gap.
“We have not put a design outside to a subcontractor, which is a common practice in our industry, in over a year,” Galbraith said.
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