Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA)
195 The West Mall, Suite 516
Toronto,Ontario M9C 5K1
The Institute for Enterprise Education (IEE)
261 Martindale Road, Suite 5
St. Catharines, ON L2W 1A2
For more information contact:
416.620.4220, ext. 228
Eugene Luczkiw (pronounced Luch-key)
Director, The Institute for Enterprise Education (IEE)
immediate release - January 23, 2003
IS THE AUTOMOTIVE
COMPONENTS INDUSTRY FACING A LEADERSHIP CRISIS?
Toronto, Ontario-January 23 - The Institute for Enterprise Education (IEE) has completed a yearlong study of
the automotive components industry in Ontario on behalf of the Automotive
Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA).
Autoshift 2002 - Action Strategies for the Automotive Components Industry in
the 21st Century, funded by Human Resources Development Canada, is the most comprehensive study
for the industry and will provide critical and practical
recommendations leading to an action strategy for APMA
and its 400 members.
"Two critical issues emerged from this study," says Gerald Fedchun, President,
APMA. "The automotive components industry is presently facing a shortage
of skilled trades people, and this shortage will become more critical in
future. And, secondly, APMA member firms's inability to garner
the needed human resources will result in the loss of existing and potential
jurisdictions around the globe. Faced with a number of critical
challenges, it is apparent that one of the most significant challenges is
the very survival
of the majority of APMA member
firms. With the significance of this industry to the economy
of Ontario and Canada, where one in six jobs in Ontario and one in seven
jobs in Canada
tied in some way to the automotive sector, it was apparent that
a study of this
magnitude was required."
"Every member of the automotive components industry needs to ask, 'Where will
I be in five years from now, when 80% of my business no longer exists?'" says
Eugene Luczkiw, Director, IEE and the study's author.
The Executive Summary of this document is included as part of this media advisory. If you would like the complete report of Autoshift 2002, please contact Glenda Tedesco at APMA (phone: 416.620.4220, ext. 221 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org). The complete document can also be downloaded from the APMA web site (www.apma.ca).
APMA is the VOICE of the automotive original equipment suppliers in Canada.
Since 1993, the Institute for Enterprise Education (IEE) has been a leading-edge
international educational and business centre dedicated towards the research,
design and delivery of programs in the areas of business, leadership and people
The Institute for Enterprise
Education (IEE), on behalf of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association
(APMA), has completed a yearlong study of the automotive components industry
in Ontario. Autoshift 2002 - Action Strategies for the Automotive Components
Industry in the 21st Century, funded by Human Resources Development Canada,
is the most comprehensive study completed for the automotive components industry.
The study was initiated in response to two critical issues faced by the automotive
industry: an impending shortage of skilled trades people; and, the APMA member
firms' inability to garner the needed human resources, putting at risk the
very survival of the majority of APMA member firms. This study has resulted
in critical and practical recommendations leading to an action strategy for
The Autoshift 2002 study
provides a framework called the Global Effectiveness Monitor (GEM) that was
created by IEE to enable organizations and their industry groups to become
highly effective global players to successfully deal with the complexity
and disruptive nature of today's global environment. The study was comprised
of an intensive review of recent literature and research related to the automotive
sector in Canada. This was the basis for the design of a survey instrument
that was used in the comprehensive one-to-one interviews of leaders of individual
APMA member firms. The IEE identified the following key findings:
- Globalization and commoditization
of the automotive components industry are critical challenges faced by APMA
member firms, putting at risk their profitability and future survival.
- An impending shortage
of skilled workers could reach crisis proportions.
- Attracting, developing,
nurturing, and retaining the right people is essential for the future success
of this industry.
- Innovation must be the
strategy for every globally focused firm.
- The automotive components
industry is facing a leadership crisis with respect to succession planning.
The following are the most
critical recommendations and action strategies resulting from the study:
- The automotive components
industry must develop a compelling vision of the future.
- Innovation requires the
right people with the right training and effective leadership which enables
an organizational culture for innovation to flourish.
- The human resources department
in each APMA member firm will need to play a critical role in the ongoing
strategies to attract, develop, nurture, and retain people on an ongoing
- The creation of an industry-based
centre for excellence that will support the necessary initiatives required
for the automotive components industry to prosper and grow in the 21st century