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Despite the uncertainty in Canada’s automotive industry following GM’s announcement that it will close its Oshawa plant, some Canadian manufacturers saw record sales in 2018.

Honda Canada  posted record core model sales in 2018 – 195,379 units by the Honda and Acura divisions combined (175,042 for Honda, 20, 337 for Acura). The Honda Civic continues to be Canada’s best selling passenger car for the 21st consecutive year in a row.

Toyota Canada’s 2018  was its best-ever year, with sales growth of 3.2 per cent and 231,646 vehicles sold. The Toyota division had annual sales growth of 3.9 per cent and 207,535 units sold. December was an exceptionally strong month, with overall sales up 25.8 per cent and 15,865 units sold. The company expects 2019 to continue the positive trend.

Mercedes-Benz Canada  added to the good news with its best-ever December sales of passenger cars and luxury light trucks – 3,185 units retailed, 4.3 per cent up over December 2017. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported a record breaking 2018 with 6,538 vehicles sold, up 1.0 per cent over 2017. The Pre-Owned division also had its best-ever year in 2018, with nine record-breaking months and 18,168 units sold over the full year – 5.7 per cent better than 2017.

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CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies offering industrial air/oil filtration systems

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Canadian firm to sell Toshiba industrial robots in Canada

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Auto manufacturing: cleaner cars for future

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Magna wraps up Lyft partnership, warns of a softer 2020

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CME, NGen amp up online training to fuel recovery

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TRUMPF bolsters its metal additive business

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Free webinar links CAM software to multi-tasking

Topic: Mazak webinar "Process Planning for Improved Multi-Tasking Machining" 

Date & Time: February 18, 2:00 pm EST

Mazak is holding a free webinar on the role CAM software plays in process planning and optimizing of mill-turn operations. 

Manufacturing sales up in March

Statistics Canada’s Monthly Survey of Manufacturing for March 2018 shows that overall, Canadian manufacturing sales rose 1.4 per cent to $57.1 B for the period.

Canadian GDP growth strongest since 2017

Statistics Canada figures show that the Canadian economy grew at an annualized rate of 3.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2019.

Saskatchewan native Al Hunter was foundry industry pioneer

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Machining group to launch skills training centre

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6% NA growth to $1.8 B for machine vision systems

Despite an economic contraction in North America, sales of machine vision systems and components grew six per cent to $1.8 billion US through September, making it the market's highest total for the first nine months of a year in history, according to statistics from AIA, the industry's trade group.

Zero-emission vehicle supply chain alliance launched

Accelerate, Canada’s first supply chain alliance for zero-emission vehicle partners, has been launched.

Quebec firm is ESAB's first NA automation partner

ESAB Welding and Cutting Products has named AGT Robotics, Trois-Rivieres, QC, as its first North American automation partner in its Integrator Partnership Program.

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