Nano: The Ontario Connection

    Ontario Company Capitalizing on Global Partnership

    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Scarborough-based Samco Machinery Limited has
teamed up with Tata Ryerson Ltd., India to produce parts for the Nano, the new
'people's car.'
    The Nano will soon be available in India and is expected to be the
cheapest car on the planet with an estimated price tag of $2,500.

    The $3-million + deal between Samco and Tata Ryerson entails:

    -  Contract to build roll-forming equipment required for the chassis
       components in Tata's Nano car
    -  The construction and completion of several chassis machines that have
       been in development for almost a year that will be used to produce six
       components for the Nano

    Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar toured
Samco's facility earlier today. He also met Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of Tata
Group, earlier this year at Auto Expo 2008 in India where the Nano was
    "Samco is an excellent example of a small enterprise reaching out and
winning contracts with global partners," said Takhar. "Small and medium
sized-enterprises make up 99 per cent of all businesses in Ontario and there
are many global opportunities out there for them. We will continue helping our
companies make connections that bring jobs and investment to Ontario."
    "Waiting for the world to come to us was not an option," said Joe Repovs,
CEO of Samco. "We wanted to diversify and expand our markets so we had to go
out to the world."
    "Congratulations to Samco on pursuing and securing a global partnership,"
said Brad Duguid, MPP Scarborough Centre and Minister of Labour. "We applaud
their efforts and encourage other Ontario companies to follow in their
direction to keep Ontario competitive on the global stage."
    "Teamwork plays a very important role in building long term relationships
and I have no doubts in my mind that the Tata Ryerson-Samco partnership will
find many opportunities to work together in the future," said Subir Khasnovis
VP Engineering of Tata Ryerson. Tata Ryerson is a 50/50 joint venture of Tata
Steel, India and Ryerson Tull, USA.

    Samco Machinery:

    -  Designer and manufacturer of roll-forming systems worldwide
    -  Founded in 1972, based in Scarborough, presently employs 120 people
    -  Samco's annual sales is valued at $30 million

    Ontario's Automotive Industry:

    -  Largest in North America for the past three years
    -  Employs over 130,000 people
    -  Represents about 20 per cent of the province's total manufacturing

    India & Ontario: A Strong Connection:

    -  Two-way trade between India and Ontario is currently valued at around
       $2 billion
    -  Ontario exports to India has increased to more than $200 million since
    -  India's exports to Ontario increased to $990 million since 2003
    -  Ontario is home to more than 500,000 people of Indian descent, making
       it one of the largest South Asian communities in the Western

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416)
326-1939; Aneesa Ghany, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6998

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