Inside a Canadian factory that sends parts to China
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The Globe and Mail
Dortec Industries, a Magna International Inc. plant in Newmarket, Ont., has been around since 1985, making door latches for cars, trucks and minivans. By 2006 the business was being battered by soaring commodity prices and demands by the auto makers for price cuts. Executives at Magna Closures turned for help to a retired Toyota Motor Corp. vice-president to teach the company how to develop a first-rate manufacturing system. Seven years later, Dortec is at the head of the class. It is also defying the notion that low-cost countries have sounded the death knell for manufacturing in Canada – so much so that side-door latches assembled in Newmarket are shipped from “high-cost” Canada to auto makers in China, Thailand and other low-cost regions