Industry Update

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April 8, 2020

Workholding products manufacturer Kitagawa NorthTech has acquired two core product lines from tooling distributor Tecnara Tooling Systems.

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April 8, 2020

Situated in the mountains of north-western Tanzania, the rural district of Karagwe was once an influential kingdom. While agriculture remains one of Karagwe’s key sources of income, the area also faces a major water shortage.

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Tesla ventilator engineering video

April 7, 2020

When the call came out for manufacturers to help produce medical equipment, many companies were quick to jump on board. But most of those companies must make ventilators using pre-existing designs, which would require competing with actual ventilator manufacturers for the parts and materials. 

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CAMM covid week two results

April 6, 2020

Employee anxiety is the number one problem reported by respondents of the second industry survey conducted by industry associations CAMM and Automate Canada. Financial concerns and declining sales were a close second to anxiety and protection of employees.

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Ford transmission plant in Livonia. PHOTO: Ford Motor Co.

April 6, 2020

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters in its March economic update says the coronavirus has “pushed the world into recession” with global growth forecast to reach 0.4 per cent this year, according to CME’s chief economist Alan Arcand.

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The Winnipeg Ventilator developed by Cerebra Health

April 5, 2020

A Winnipeg, Man., company that developed the Winnipeg Ventilator will be making thousands of ventilators after the Federal government selected the business via the Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster, the organization leading Canada's Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

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Richard Alexander shows students how to bend a welding rod

April 2, 2020

CWB Group has enacted plans to ensure academic progress of students isn’t affected by Canada’s national lockdown to combat the Covid-19 virus.

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Canadian Association of Mold Makers and Automate Canada logo

April 1, 2020

Cash flow, employee retention and anxiety are key issues facing manufacturers, according to a recent survey conducted by the Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM) and Automate Canada.

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Canadian government invests in manufacturing sector to support fight against COVID-19

April 1, 2020

The Canadian government has announced it is investing more than $2 billion with Canadian companies to acquire ventilators and protective personal equipment (PPE) and has made $50 million available in funding for members of the Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster to develop and scale up new in-demand technologies, equipment and medical products.

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Medicom N95 masks

April 1, 2020

A Montreal manufacturer of personal protective equipment has won an order from the federal government for tens of millions of masks.

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Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing Ltd. steps up to produce parts for hand sanitizer dispensers.

March 31, 2020

Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing Ltd. in Windsor, Ont. is one of many Canadian manufacturers that have now stepped up in response to the Federal government's request for support in helping to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

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Auto parts suppliers team up to build ventilators

March 30, 2020

Canada’s biggest three auto suppliers have agreed to assist in the production of ventilators during the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. They will assist on three projects that include ventilators built by Thornhill Medical of Toronto, O-Two Medical Technologies of Brampton, Ont.  and General Motors Co. and Ventec Life Systems, which partnered to build ventilators at the GM plant in Indiana.

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Image: Reuters/Bauer

March 30, 2020

The Quebec government is buying 300,000 visors for doctors, nurses and first responders manufactured by Bauer to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, following the hockey gear manufacturer's announcement on March 25 that it planned to retool its operation to start mass production on face shields to address demands for the products amidst the Covid-19 crisis.

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Scientists working on a made-in-Canada ventilator. Image: Shutterstock

March 30, 2020

Canadian scientists at two national laboratories are working on a stipped-down, easy-to-manufacturer hospital ventilator to meet the demand for machines because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a story in The Globe and Mail.

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Federal government clarifies plan to support SMEs with wage subsidies during coronavirus pandemic

March 30, 2020

The Federal government says it will help pay wages of small and medium businesses and charities during the coronavirus outbreak that have revenue losses of 30 per cent or more.

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FABTECH 2019

March 25, 2020

It’s official, and not really a surprise. FABTECH Canada and MMTS have both cancelled their 2020 trade shows and conferences because of the global coronavirus lockdown.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from self-quarantine at Rideau Cottage

March 25, 2020

The federal government has put out a call to all Canadian manufacturing companies to help shore up health care supplies desperately needed to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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March 24, 2020

The province of Ontario has ordered all non-essential workplaces to close shop for the time being to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, but manufacturers are so far exempt from this order.

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A screenshot of Prime Minister Trudeau's aid package announcement

March 18, 2020

Canada’s Federal government has enacted an unprecedented support package to support people and companies over the next few months.

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Ford Motor Co.'s Dearborn Engine plant. PHOTO: Ford Motor Co.

March 18, 2020

In response to the ever deepening COVID-19 crisis, Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Fiat Chrysler have suspended operations at all North American plants commencing March 19, 2020.

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