In a statement provided on Monday afternoon, Linda Hasenfratz said Linamar primarily supplies product for powertrain platforms to a variety of GM plants, mostly in the U.S.
“As long as GM continues to build these powertrain platforms, which it appears they will, we would not expect to see any change to demand,” Hasenfratz said.
General Motors announced on Monday it will close their assembly plant in Oshawa along with four other facilities in the U.S.
It’s expected that 2,500 jobs would be lost when the plant closes in 2019.
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GM said part of the restructuring plan includes a greater focus on electric and autonomous vehicle programs.
University of Guelph provost and vice president Charlotte Yates has spent 30 years studying labour relations in the automotive industry and questioned the move.
“Electric vehicles still only make up a very small portion of the market in terms of vehicles sold,” she said in a phone interview. “But clearly, their estimation is that that’s where some of their competitive edge will be.”
Yates said she wasn’t surprised by the move, given what analysts have predicted for years.
GM said the move could save US$6 billion by 2020.
— With files from The Canadian Press