Auto Parts Makers Gather In Windsor

Canada's auto parts makers are gathered today at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts in Windsor.

The Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association had to rapidly relocate the event from Caesars Windsor when it became clear the labour disruption was not ending soon enough.

Despite the re-location, APMA Chair Roy Verstraete says they have not had any exhibitors pull out of the event.

The theme of this year's conference is " smarter, lighter, faster, stronger."

"We're looking at things like industry 4.0, we're looking at smart factories and we have some amazing speakers," says Verstraete.

Among the events taking place through the day are several discussion and panel sessions including one focused on NAFTA.

Verstraete expects that to be a hot topic. "What's the impact of the aluminium and steel tariffs on the imports, what are the retaliatory tariffs going to impact and the vertically integrated three-country auto supply chain is very concerned about this and what's the impact," he says.

The keynote speaker is Ford Vice President Joe Hinrichs.