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Innovation 'the heart of competitiveness' in green vehicle business

Linamar Corp., a parts maker based in Guelph, Ont., prepares for the growing electric car market

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Mark Stoddart, chief technology officer and executive vice-president sales and marketing, at the auto parts manufacturer Linamar Corp., stands in the company’s innovation centre in Guelph, Ont.

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The Frank Hasenfratz Centre for Innovation in Guelph, Ont, is where Linamar designs, develops and tests new products for engines and transmissions.

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Mr. Stoddart examines precision metallic components being tested by Linamar.

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One of the main innovative thrusts for the company now is to prepare for the growing electric car market.

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Linamar is shifting from a producer of strictly parts for engines and transmissions to a company that will assemble components and eventually complete engines for auto makers. Innovation “is the heart of competitiveness, ” says chief executive officer Linda Hasenfratz.

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