Industry Update

Relaxing at Elliott Matsuura's open house from left: Kevin Hulme, Metric Mold; Jack Chimienti, Advanced EDM; Andy Lombardi, Rova Machine; Joe Poulin, Elliott Matuusra; and Tim Alewick, Metric Mold.

April 12, 2018


The Joint Open House, now in its 13th year, attracts hundreds of manufacturers from the Southwestern Ontario area.

Read more: Shopping for machine tools at the Joint Open House

Waterloo sets up AI Institute

April 8, 2018

The University of Waterloo has launched the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute, which will pursue numerous new areas of research including manufacturing, autonomous systems and human-machine interaction.

Read more: University of Waterloo launches AI Institute

Atelier Usinage Carignan

April 8, 2018

Six companies in the Lévis, Quebec area have each received hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding from the Canadian federal government through Canada Economic Development’s Quebec Economic Development program. 

Read more: Six companies receive federal economic development funding

Junkers F 13 photo credit John Morris Aviation Week

April 4, 2018

Ninety-nine years after the maiden flight of the pioneering Junkers F 13 aircraft, a complete reconstruction of the airplane has been certificated for flight, Junkers has announced.

Read more: Historic Junkers aircraft flies again

SLM partners with Spark & Co. to sell its additive machines in Ontario and Quebec

April 4, 2018

SLM Solutions is expanding its additive manufacturing footprint in Canada and is partnering with Spark & Co. to sell its offerings in Ontario and Quebec.

Read more: SLM expands additive offerings in Canada, partners with Spark & Co.

Canada wants U.S. flexibility on NAFTA

April 2, 2018

Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator has warned that the U.S. needs to show more flexibility on “core” issues if it wants to get a deal signed this spring, according to The Canadian Press.

Read more: Canada warns ‘big gaps’ remain in NAFTA talks

April PMI released

April 2, 2018

The IHS Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), released on April 2, registered 55.7, little changed from the 55.6 posted in February and above the neutral 55.0 threshold for the 25th month in a row.

Read more: PMI shows manufacturing growth, high cost inflation

Metals dumping

March 28, 2018

One day after a phone meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump, Ottawa announced measures to prevent Canada being used as a back door for the import of cheap offshore steel imports destined for the US.

Read more: Canada shuts door on cheap metal imports


March 21, 2018

NAFTA talks looked set to move forward as the U.S. dropped a contentious American content rule for cars exported to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico, sources close to the talks say.

Read more: NAFTA talks could be back on track as U.S. drops auto-content rule

Bystronic acquires Italian tube and pipe laser cutting manufacturer TTM

March 20, 2018

TTM tube laser cutting machine

Bystronic is expanding its metal fabricating reach with the acquisition of Italian tube laser cutting and laser welding equipment manufacturer TTM.

Read more: Bystronic acquires Italian tube laser cutting firm TTM

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