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Bill Bossard will retire as president of Salvagnini America this year.

Bossard has been president for 18 years. His retirement has been known for some time, and Salvagnini says that for the past two years Bossard has been busy developing the next generation of company management.

That new generation includes Geoff Wilkie, vice president, sales and marketing, who was brought in two years ago to work on digital and software development, customer focus, strategic thinking and product expertise.

In addition, Giovanni Piccolo has taken the position of vice president, project management

and applications. Piccolo is relatively new to the position in the U.S. but has extensive experience and offers a fresh perspective after a long career at the parent company in Europe.

Salvagnini America also says that it will begin construction on a new showroom and training centre this year.

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Canadian auto suppliers get opportunity at Magna

Canadian automotive suppliers will have an opportunity to present their capabilities to Magna International on June 24 during the Canadian Innovation Fair at Magna's Troy, MI, facility.

Interested suppliers were asked to submit their applications earlier in June and were contacted by APMA if they had been selected.

The Consulate General of Canada in partnership with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) are being given an opportunity to showcase Canadian automotive capabilities at Magna's US facility. Canadian suppliers who apply for the opportunity, will be given the chance to meet with the company's purchasing and engineering managers.

Magna says it's interested in learning about new products, processes, materials or other innovations in the following areas: connected car (e.g. software, advanced camera vision); powertrain (e.g. alternate propulsion technologies); lightweighting (e.g. laser welded blanks, joining technologies); interior and seating systems; testing/production/material handling; and safety systems.

For more information, visit APMA online.

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