Industry Update

Saksatchewan Polytechnic Innovative Manufacturing progam

January 4, 2018

Cutting tool and tooling systems provider Sandvik Coromant has announced continued support of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Innovative Manufacturing program.

Read more: Sandvik supports Innovative Manufacturing program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic

BlackBerry selected to work on driverless vehicles

January 3, 2018

BlackBerry Ltd. has been selected to work with Chinese search engine giant Baidu Inc. to provide the safety operating system for the Apollo autonomous driving system, which is being developed in cooperation with several vehicle makers.

Read more: BlackBerry to work on driverless vehicles


December 28, 2017

Ink from car exhaust, 3D graphene and a brand new blue are among the top material breakthroughs of 2017, according to a story from CO.DESIGN. 

Read more: The six top material breakthroughs of 2017

Toyota assembly line

December 23, 2017

Canada’s participation in a new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal may not bring much benefit to Canadian auto parts makers, according to a CP news story.

Read more: TPP of dubious benefit, Canadian auto parts makers say

Toyota Prius

December 18, 2017

Toyota has announced that it plans to make electrified vehicles available across the entire Toyota and Lexus vehicle lines by around 2025.

Read more: All Toyota models to have electric versions by 2020-2030

Canadarm2 catches the Dragon resupply ship

December 18, 2017

New federal investment of $54 million in domestically developed space technology is expected to support more than 175 jobs.  

Read more: Ottawa invests $54 million in space exploration technology

MacDon FD75 Flexdraper

December 14, 2017

Linamar Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding equity interests of MacDon and its group of companies.

Read more: Linamar to acquire MacDon

Bombardier C series aircraft

December 14, 2017

Bombardier Inc. expects revenue to grow to between US$17 billion and US$17.5 billion next year.

Read more: Bombardier predicts revenue growth

Walter Surface Flexsteel Mustang contest Dec 2017

December 10, 2017

Walter Surface Technologies has announced the grand prize winner of its “Test Drive Flexsteel. Take Home a Mustang GT” contest.

Read more: Mustang GT contest winner announced

Made In Space produced these tin-bismuth cast metal pipe fittings to demonstrate the type of components it could produce in orbit. Source: SpaceNews

December 7, 2017

A 3D startup company that has been operating 3D polymer printers on the International Space Station, is developing tools for on-orbit metal manufacturing that could be ready for launch in 2018, according to a report by

Read more: Metalworking in space

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