APAG Draws European Customers to Windsor for Grand Opening
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Tuesday, April 2, 2019: APAG Elektronik held its official opening today, which included a ribbon cutting and tree planting ceremony with Mayor Drew Dilkens and company officials. The event was well attended and also included plant tours and a luncheon at the Windsor Club. Speakers included:
- Anand Kanoria, APAG’s Vice Chair, Board of Directors and Joint CEO-Operations
- Johannes Popp, APAG Elektronik Group’s CEO Corporate Strategy and Business Development
- Drew Dilkens, Mayor, City of Windsor
- Rakesh Naidu, President, Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce,
- Stephen MacKenzie, CEO, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp
In January, APAG received approval for a $4M repayable FedDev contribution for capital renovations, equipment and training, plus an additional $100,000 grant for IT from the Ontario Centres of Excellence. The company is currently engaged in R&D for automotive customers and will launch its first production line this June. Guests at the Grand Opening included APAG’s customers from Europe, many of whom may bring their product development and North American manufacturing business to Windsor-Essex via APAG, located at 3505 Rhodes Drive.
As with many sectors, some of the biggest technology challenges facing companies trying to break into the North American automotive industry are the result of trends that are disrupting the marketplace, and APAG works in that arena every day. APAG is not an automotive parts manufacturer, but rather specializes in R&D, hardware and software design, and lighting. An estimated 95% of its product will be exported to the US market.
“The Grand Opening was a time for us to announce and introduce our new Canadian-based Vice President Operations, Marjory Craw-Ivanco,to our customers and invited guests,” says Anand Kanoria. “Marjory comes to APAG following a rich career in R&D as well as manufacturing. She has already moved to Windsor from Oakville, Ontario, and will help us to replicate our European-style manufacturing and production facility in North America, based in Windsor. With our proven record for quality, APAG will make a strong partner for the North American automotive OEMs.”
APAG is a part of a well-respected, family-owned and values-driven corporate group with diverse interests and customers. The company offers full-service R&D (e.g. hardware & software development, lighting and mechanical designs, and testing) and production (e.g. design for manufacturing, design for cost, automation and test concepts). The company supplies the automotive sector, as well as quality-conscious non-automotive customers, with a focus on the demanding global automotive OEM supply chain.
APAG has recently renovated a former 32,000 sq ft one-storey FedEx facility in Windsor, Ontario, to create a R&D and production facility for export mainlyto the USA, pending government incentives. The company currently has close to 20 employees at its Canadian operation, with a goal of 151 employees proposed over the next five years, and close to 500 worldwide. While APAG’s corporate headquarters will continue to be based in Switzerland, supported by the German subsidiary, the corporate headquarters for the electronic control unit development for concept lightning will be in Windsor.
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