New electric car body casting facility coming to Welland in 2025


Published May 11, 2023 at 11:35 am

The Linamar auto parts facility in Guelph, Ontario.

A brand new state-of-the-art electric car parts facility is being built in Welland and is expected to open Feb. 2025.

However, while regular car assembly lines piece together numerous parts, the new Linamar facility will use a Giga casting process that create very large structural parts instead.

For example, if a traditional line puts together, say, 25 pieces to create a rear assembly, the Giga process produces that same assembly in one large piece. At the moment, the Giga casting is being used in most Tesla facilities.

Naturally, the announcement has Welland Mayor Frank Campion thrilled about the addition to his city.

“Linamar’s presence in our community signals the next wave of investment in our local economy and is a testament to the progressive steps Welland is taking,” said Campion.

“As a globally-recognized automotive supplier and proud Canadian employer, Linamar’s Welland-based employees will supply advanced components for the zero emissions vehicles of the future from this new state-of-the-art facility.”

At the moment, neither Linamar nor Welland has an exact figure on how many jobs the new car plant will create or where it will be built.

But Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz is looking forward to using the Giga casting process at the soon-to-be-built plant. “As the first supplier to invest in this equipment in North America Linamar will naturally take a market leadership position in this technology,” she noted.

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