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Money GM's first all-electric vehicle plant in Detroit will have Canadian spillover benefits

10:50  28 january  2020
10:50  28 january  2020 Source:   windsorstar.com

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DETROIT — General Motors ’ (NYSE: GM ) vision of an all - electric future is coming into clearer focus and gaining momentum with a .2 billion investment at its Detroit -Hamtramck assembly plant to produce a variety of all - electric trucks and SUVs. GM ’ s first all - electric truck will be a pickup with

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a screen shot of a man: Mark Reuss, President of General Motors, announces that GMs Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant will build the all-electric Cruise Origin self-driving shuttle on January 27, 2020 in Hamtramck, Michigan. GM will invest $2.2 billion at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant and 2,200 jobs for an all-electric future for electric pickups, SUVs, and autonomous vehicles.© Bill Pugliano Mark Reuss, President of General Motors, announces that GMs Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant will build the all-electric Cruise Origin self-driving shuttle on January 27, 2020 in Hamtramck, Michigan. GM will invest $2.2 billion at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant and 2,200 jobs for an all-electric future for electric pickups, SUVs, and autonomous vehicles.

General Motors’ announcement Monday that it will invest US$3 billion to create its first all-electric production plant in Hamtramck, Mich., has Canadian automotive analysts and officials calling Southwestern Ontario the “sweet spot” for a piece of the industry’s future.

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GM ’ s first all - electric truck will be a pickup with production scheduled to begin in late 2021. This will be followed soon after by the Cruise Origin, a shared Detroit -Hamtramck will be GM ’ s first fully-dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant . The company said the investment will create more than 2

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The automaker will spend US$2.2 billion over 18 months refurbishing its Hamtramck plant and another US$800 million for supplier retooling and other projects related to electric trucks.

“The significant thing is GM is betting their electric future on their home turf,” said Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association.

“The vehicles will be assembled there. A lot of the engineering and research will be done in Oshawa and Markham and the future for GM of this type of vehicle technology will between Toronto and Detroit.

“Everybody in between will get a chance to fight to supply them. The only thing better would’ve been if it was in Ontario.”

Volpe said if GM meets the volume expectations of the vehicles in the Hamtramck re-launch, Southwestern Ontario suppliers may pull in up to 30 per cent of the content opportunities that will arise.

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DETROIT – General Motors on Monday announced it will invest billion for production of "a variety" of all - electric trucks and SUVs, as well as the The investment will include .2 billion at GM ' s Detroit -Hamtramck plant in Michigan — the company' s first plant completely devoted to all - electric

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Flavio Volpe holding a microphone:  Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association speaks during a NAFTA negotiations update event at the Ciociaro Club on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.© Dan Janisse Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association speaks during a NAFTA negotiations update event at the Ciociaro Club on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

GM said the factory, which is located seven kilometres from its headquarters in downtown Detroit, would produce pick up trucks and the Origin autonomous vehicle. Production is expected to begin in late 2021.

“It’s uniqueness is in its targeting the most popular segments of the market — pick up trucks and SUVs,” said Dennis DesRosiers, founder of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

“There’s very little electric available in that segment right now. There are no electric pick ups.

“That’s the heart of the market.”

DesRosiers is keen to see if this might be the tipping point for North American consumers who have been reluctant to embrace the electrification movement.

“It’s a positive announcement for climate change for sure,” DesRosiers said.

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General Motors ’ vision of an all - electric future is coming into clearer focus and gaining momentum with a .2 billion investment at its Detroit -Hamtramck assembly plant to produce a variety of all - electric Detroit -Hamtramck will be GM ’ s first fully-dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant .

General Motors is spending .2 billion to refurbish an underused Detroit factory so it can build a GM said in a statement Monday that the factory will start building the company' s first electric pickup late The factory will be GM ' s first assembly plant to be fully dedicated to building electric vehicles .

“It’s a great public relations move even if consumers don’t buy in huge volumes initially.”

DesRosiers said electric vehicles have less content than internal combustion engine cars, but he added Southwestern Ontario’s strength isn’t heavily weighted in power trains.

“The strength of the Canadian industry are moulds, tool and die and bashing metal and there will be opportunity there,” DesRosiers said. “That aspect of the car isn’t going to change because it’s electric.”

Automate Canada chair Shelley Fellows sees significant opportunities for the nation’s automation and advance manufacturers to service both the plant and the supply chain.

“What really excites me is GM calling this its most advance plant technologically,” Fellows said. “They’re building the factory of the future. That’s Industry 4.0 and that’s what our members do.”

Fellows said automation companies account for about $7-billion in the Canadian economy. Forty nine per cent of all Canada’s automation firms are located in Ontario.

“I think this has the potential to be very exciting,” Fellows said.

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"Our electric vehicle plan is unmatched in the industry," GM President Mark Reuss said at a press conference in Detroit . "Hamtramck will be GM ' s first dedicated all EV assembly plant ." GM is investing .2 billion in the plant which currently employs about 900 workers, along with 0 million

General Motors Co. affirmed plans to build electric pickups and SUVs at its Detroit -Hamtramck plant and scheduled the start of production for late next GM plans to build a family of electric vehicles at Detroit -Hamtramck, including a Hummer truck that will be sold by GMC dealers, people familiar with

“Michigan companies are already sourcing our supply chain in southwestern Ontario for what they don’t have as well as the tier ones and OEMs. It’s a big market for us and our colleagues in Automate Canada.”

a sign on a pole:  A sign at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is shown on January 27, 2020 in Hamtramck, Michigan. Today, General Motors announced that the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant will build the all-electric Cruise Origin self-driving shuttle. GM will invest $2.2 billion at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant and 2200 jobs for an all-electric future for electric pickups, SUVs, and autonomous vehicles.© Bill Pugliano A sign at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is shown on January 27, 2020 in Hamtramck, Michigan. Today, General Motors announced that the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant will build the all-electric Cruise Origin self-driving shuttle. GM will invest $2.2 billion at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant and 2200 jobs for an all-electric future for electric pickups, SUVs, and autonomous vehicles.

Fellows said her membership is well positioned to meet GM’s and its supply chain’s needs.

In many cases, the automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning local firms are producing and using is superior to what’s in OEM plants.

“We have a lot of experience locally supporting and supplying sophisticated electronic vehicles and working around those components,” Fellows said. “We’ve already learned how to design automation for clean assembly operations.”

Laval Tool president Jonathan Azzopardi, who is also a member of the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Mold Makers, said the local supply chain has to embrace technology and prepare to do things differently to take advantage of the opportunities.

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Detroit -Hamtramck will be GM ’ s first “fully-dedicated” electric vehicle assembly plant , the company said. This facility will supply battery cells for the electric vehicles manufactured at Detroit -Hamtramck. GM said tax incentives from the state of Michigan made this decision possible

General Motors confirmed Monday it will invest .2 billion to convert an ageing Detroit assembly plant into the manufacturing heart of its “ all - electric future.” The plant , which was slated to be closed, will now build GM ' s electric Hummer pickup.

“We have to assume more responsibility for producing more completed components to send to OEMs rather than a bunch of parts they assembly,” Azzopardi said.

“GM, Ford, FCA are changing the relationship they want with us. There’s an opportunity to add value in that for us.”

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Azzopardi said CAMM has already been talking with the Ontario government on how they can support industry in making the transformation to that new relationship.

“We have a little catching up to do,” Azzopardi said. “We’re not quite at that (Industry 4.0) point yet.”

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