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January 17, 2017

2017 is looking good for Canada's economy, according to a new report from The Conference Board of Canada, "Canadian Outlook: Winter 2017" with growth expected to accelerate to 1.9 per cent this year.

Read more: Stronger Canadian economy in 2017: Report

Image: Calgary Aluminum

January 12, 2017

The Aluminum Association of Canada says the US filing at the WTO regarding Chinese subsidies to its aluminum industry is "a positive step."

Read more: US, Canada address China aluminum overcapacity issue

Arbec Tool and Machine Ltd

January 10, 2017

Newmak product portfolio

Two Windsor manufacturers are the latest recipients in a recent slew of funding announcements by the Federal government. Newmak of Canada Corp. in partnership with Arbec Tool and Machine Ltd., both based in Windsor, ON, have received funding of up to $3 million to support development of stronger engine blocks made of lightweight aluminum.

Read more: $3 M for Windsor automotive manufacturers

Honda Canada Alliston plant

January 9, 2017

Honda Canada plans to invest $492 million in its Ontario manufacturing plants over the next three years to modernize is operations.

Read more: Honda to invest $492 M in Ontario manufacturing plants

Magna has developed a new ultralight door module that achieves 42.5 mass savings and can be used on approximately 70 per cent of the current light vehicle market

January 9, 2017

Magna International Inc., in cooperation with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and partners FCA US and Grupo Antolin, announced it has developed a new, ultralight door architecture that achieves the project objective of 42.5 per cent mass savings compared to an average current production door.

Read more: Aluminum big part of Magna ultralight door

Honda Canada Civic Sedan

January 4, 2017

2016 marked Honda Canada's third consecutive year of record annual automotive sales. The company reported that annual sales increased 5 per cent in 2016 with 186,676 sales versus the previous best annual sales of 177,506 units in 2015.

Read more: 3rd year record auto sales for Honda Canada

Sangbae Kim of MIT with his animal like robots

January 2, 2017

When we envision the factory of the future, we typically think of human-like robots. But for some, that vision of the future includes robotic animals.

Read more: A new twist in robotics for the future: animals

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December 30, 2016

Use of titanium, already a well-known material among the metal product manufacturing sector, is expected to boom by 2020 according to a new research report by Persistence Market Research. 

Read more: Titanium products market to boom by 2020

HIWT Next Generation Welder Facility

December 27, 2016

Hobart Institue of Technology (HIWT) in Troy, OH, has opened the "Next Generatin Welder Learning Facility. The (16,000 sq ft) facility began to host classes in late October and is an important addition to the (13-acre) campus that has trained more than 100,000 welders.

Read more: A "next generation" welder facility

Silver Tesla Model 3 front employee party

December 27, 2016


Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO has a vision for the future of the automotive industry, which he unveiled recently. Not surprising, his vision goes beyond simple automonomous vehicles. Here's a look at his "Master Plan Part Deux" which he unveiled in July, 2016 and outlined in an oline column, Teslarati.

Read more: Is Tesla's vision the automotive future?

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