NAFTA is sinking, and Canada needs a lifeboat

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There was zero progress at the North American free-trade agreement renegotiations in Mexico this week. In fact, the talks took a decidedly backward step, with the United States refusing to move off its red-line positions, something that was predictable given the updated negotiating objectives released by the U.S. Trade Representative ahead of this week’s session.

This is an “America First” administration, after all, with no interest in accommodation, increasing the likelihood of eventual U.S. withdrawal from the agreement, an action that President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened, in spite of intensifying business and political pressures to the contrary.

Given that gloomy prospect, let’s look at how things could unfold over the next while, bearing in mind that things are fluid and the situation could change.

First, the negotiations could soon end, even ahead of the 2018 deadline, either with 

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Mitsubishi Materials says units falsified product data for cars

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TOKYO — Mitsubishi Materials said its subsidiaries falsified data about products, including parts for cars and aircraft, for at least a year, the latest in a series of quality assurance scandals involving Japanese manufacturers. The company said an investigation in the wake of a data-falsification scandal involving joint venture partner Kobe Steel found that Mitsubishi Cable Industries had inappropriately distorted data for rubber sealing products, used in cars and aircraft.

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Toyo Tire Taps Chaney as Head of Marketing

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Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. (Toyo Tires) welcomes Tim Chaney to the company as vice president of marketing. With deep roots in vehicle manufacturing, Chaney brings more than 30 years of marketing and automotive experience to Toyo Tires, including 15 years at Kia Motors America where he most recently served as vice president of marketing communications. There he played a key role in marketing, advertising and communications strategy.

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Quebec drivers flock to change their winter tires before Dec. 15 deadline

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It’s that time of year again — winter-tire season. Quebec drivers are making their way to the mechanic in large numbers this weekend to install their winter tires before the Dec. 15 deadline. In Montreal, a little snow and a cold wind Saturday, some drivers at Merson Automotive on Saint-Jacques Street in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighourhood waited more than two hours to have their tires changed.

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Can Ford Turn Itself Into a Tech Company?

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On a sunny afternoon in early October, I drove across a parking lot in Ann Arbor, Mich., and down a sloping road to a second, private lot. A fence lining the lot’s perimeter was covered in black fabric, as if to deter snoops. Behind it was a 32-acre Potemkin village. There were paved roads with names and signs: Liberty Street, Main Street, Wolverine Avenue. There was a traffic roundabout, a covered underpass and a railroad crossing.

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Continental, Osram planning automotive lighting solutions JV

Germany’s Continental AG intends to enter into a non-tyre joint venture with lighting manufacturer Osram. Each firm will hold a 50 per cent stake in Osram Continental GmbH, and through this venture the partners aim to “combine innovative lighting technology with electronics and software to develop, manufacture and market intelligent lighting solutions for the automotive industry.” Projected sales for the Munich-registered business lie in the mid-triple-digit-million-euro range.

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Canadians roll the dice on business success at SEMA

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – There are several Canadians taking a gamble here, but they’re not at the slot machines. They’re at the SEMA Show, and they’re hoping to put Canada’s mark on the automotive world.

It stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association, and it’s the continent’s largest trade show for the automotive aftermarket. It’s not open to the public, and attendees can’t actually buy something and bring it home.

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Hankook Tire to highlight Laufenn Brand at SEMA 2017

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Hankook Tire announced that the company’s Laufenn brand showcases at 2017 SEMA Show for the third consecutive year during October 31st and November 3rd at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Laufenn brand offers consumers seeking value, quality and style a wide range of quality products to meet a variety of driving conditions. The brand represents both a symbolic and tangible proof point for Hankook Tire’s vision to growth in the global automotive market.

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Smithers Rapra Hires New Technical Director

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Smithers Rapra, a leader in rubber, plastics and composites testing expertise, has named Matt Kent as technical director of the Smithers Rapra Tire & Wheel Test Center in Ravenna.

In this position, Kent is responsible for overseeing current force and moment testing operations, staff management and technical decision-making. Kent will also be in charge of the commissioning of a new MTS Flat Trac CT+ system in spring 2018.

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Greenball Rolling into SEMA with All-New Tire Models

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Greenball Corporation is returning to SEMA this year with a newly expanded line of tires and wheels for a wide range of vehicles, from light trucks, specialty trailer tires, ATVs, UTVs and more. According to the company, Greenball’s light truck brands are both expanding their size offerings for select models. On display at the Greenball booth will be two new sizes of Kanati’s Mud Hog M/T tire, with five more sizes coming soon.

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