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Manufacturing activity in the U.S climbed sharply in March, led by increases in automotive output. This marked the third straight monthly gain in U.S. factory activity.

Overall industrial production increased 0.9% in March, keeping pace with February's upwardly revised pace, according to a report from the country’s Federal Reserve.

U.S. motor vehicle and parts production shot up by 7.8% in March, the largest increase since October, according to Reuters. Total assemblies of cars and light trucks rose to nearly 9.5 million vehicles at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, the highest since January 2021, up from 8.3 million the month before.

The uptick in the automotive production may be indication that sector has placed the supply chain issues that have plagued it for a good part of a year now in the rear-view mirror. However, the Russia invasion of Ukraine and the lockdown in Shanghai continue to threaten global supply chains with more disruptions.

Manufacturing accounts for almost 12% of the American economy and it has benefited during the COVID-19 pandemic as people shifted disposable income normally spent on services such as entertainment and restaurants to household goods. That trend, however, is likely to ease as pandemic restrictions lift across the country.

EXSYS strengthens customer service in Canada

EXSYS Canada Ltd., Brampton, ON, has added to its Canadian service team.

Lisa Medica is the new office managr and Kelly Bruce is the new inside sales representative.

EXSYS Tool Inc. opened its Canadian facility in 2013 and warehouses all of the company's leading toolholding system product lines there. The location allows EXSYS to work more closely with customers and major machine tool OEMs with operations in Canada. The facility also supports shipping and logistics as EXSYS ships its toolholding products to customers directly from the warehouse.

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Modig, Seco sign development partnership

Modig Machine Tool, Virserum, Sweden, has signed a multi-year agreement with Seco Tools, Fagersta, Sweden, for development of next generation machine tools. 

Ottawa invests $40M in energy industry supplier

The federal Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development is investing $40 million in a supplier of tubular goods to the oil industry.

DiPaolo Machine Tools adds Kitamura Machinery to its line up

DiPaolo Machine Tools, a Mississauga, Ont.-based supplier of industrial machine tools and turnkey systems, has added Kitamura Machinery’s line of vertical, horizontal, 5-axis and double column machining centres to their milling and automation solutions line up.

Economy improves in Q3 but not sustainable: economists

For those looking for good news about Canada's economy, the recent GDP figures for the third quarter showing a 2.3 per cent annualized growth are a sign of hope, but analysts have been quick to quash that hope warning that the performance is not likely to be repeated in the near future.

Magna partners with RocketSpace for automotive innovation

Tech startups now have a new route to bring their inventions to life in the automotive industry, thanks to a new collaboration between Magna and RocketSpace. 

Linamar cites supply chain pinch in Q2 update

Supply chain issues continue to hamper the manufacturing sector, with the latest report from Linamar Corp. confirming the impact on its key target markets, Access, Agriculture and Automotive markets.

No relief from rising costs for manufacturers: Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The top obstacles for Canadian businesses continue to be rising input costs, difficulties hiring workers, and supply chain challenges, according to Stephen Tapp, chief economist of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Jeff Nesbitt joins Tebis in Canada

Jeff Nesbitt has joined Tebis America as business development manager for Canada.

US firm expands cryogenic machining technology

5ME, a Warren, MI, which specializes in manufacturing services and software to improve efficiencies, has secured rights to cryogenic machining technology by acquiring 51 patents from Creare, a supplier of cryogenic systems and fluid dynamics.

Additive manufacturing for large parts

Cincinnati Inc. and a US laboratory have signed a partnership agreement to develop a large scale additive manufacturing system capable of printing polymer components up to ten times larger than currently producible, at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing additive machines.

Doosan Robotics opens U.S. office to serve the Americas

Doosan Robotics Inc.,  has launched a new business unit, Doosan Robotics Americas, establishing its U.S. headquarters in Plano, Texas. Doosan Robotics.

'Dr. Bender' Paul LeTang set to retire

After seven years working at Bystronic, and a career in sheet metal fabrication spanning five decades, Paul LeTang, bending guru and press brake product manager for Bystronic Inc., is set to retire on March 2, 2020.

Capacity utilization dips but auto sector holds

Throughout the third quarter, there were many signs of a gradual resumption of activities in the manufacturing sector.

Ford unveils the Lightning all-electric F-150

In a glitzy online extravaganza dubbed by Bill Ford as a “generational celebration,” the company that brought us the pickup truck has introduced the Holy Grail of today’s automotive industry—an electric F-150 pickup truck.

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