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Canada's automotive industry continues to post solid gains, with several major automotive companies posting sales gains and one automotive parts manufacturer posting a 6.6 per cent sales increase in its second quarter over the 2016 quarter.

Mazda Canada, Toyota Canada, Honda, Nissan and General Motors all posted solid sales gains, contributing overall to a five per cent increase in July 2017 for new vehicle sales.

Sales at Linamar reached $1.77 billion in July, a 6.6 per cent increase over the second quarter of 2016. 

"We have had another solid quarter at Linamar with strong results in both segments," stated Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz.  "Powertrain/Driveline continues to perform at very strong margins despite soft core markets, evidence of our market share growth stepping in to drive results, and our Industrial segment continues to power along taking market share and driving well above industry growth levels.  Most notable of course in the quarter is a sizeable e-axle program win for electric vehicles solidly establishing Linamar content potential in this key segment."

Mazak Canada reported a sales increase of 11.5 per cent in July over July 2016. Toyota Canada saw sales increase 5.3 per cent over 2016 with hybrid vehicle sales also continuing to climb to a record in July, up 11.7 per cent from 2016.

Honda also reported sales increases, specifically, its Honda Odyssey witnessed its best July on record with 1,794 sold, an incrase of 37 per cent over sales of the vehicle in 2016.

Nissan saw a record month in July with sales of its small cars growing over 2016. Its Micra model saw sales increase 17.8 per cent over 2016, while sales for the Versa model were up 19.8 per cent.

Hurco acquires Italian machine tool parts business, LCM

Hurco Companies Inc., Indianapolis, IN, has acquired the machine tool component business of LCM Srl, Asti, Italy. LCM, formed in 1986, designs and manufactures mechanical components and accessories for machine tools.

Supply chain woes to worsen: Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Port congestion so bad that machine and parts orders have been delayed for  weeks on end,  mud slides wiping out critical road infrastructure and requiring routing workarounds, and border blockades holding billions in trade hostage; it’s been one heck of a winter for Canadian businesses trying to receive necessary raw materials and ship their goods to market.

Linamar moving into medical devices and components

Linamar Corporation is looking to leverage its capabilities in precision manufacturing to purse opportunities in the medical device and component markets.

Border strike threatens recovery

The officers manning Canada’s borders have given their union a mandate to strike, putting Canada’s post-lockdown economic recovery in jeopardy and raising concerns among many industry watchers and analysts about the impact on manufacturing.

MC Machinery Systems names Tony Imbrogno CEO

MC Machinery Systems has announced the promotion of Tony Imbrogno to CEO.

TechFab, Komet celebrate partnership

TechFab, Montreal, QC, which recently joined cutting tool supplier Komet's Service network, celebrated the official partnership with an open house on December 17, 2013.

CWB, Boilermakers nab $6.6M in federal training funding

The CWB Welding Foundation, CWB Group and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB) have received a $6.6-million grant from the federal government to improve welding training.

COVID-19 cut exports 4.7 per cent, says Statistics Canada

Economic data from the first few weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown are starting to trickle in and, as expected, the results are not good.

Creaform now an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited lab

Creaform, a Levis, QC, supplier of portable 3D measurement solutions, has received the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

Free metrology workshops from Mitutoyo

Mitutoyo Canada, Mississauga, ON, is offering a series of metrology workshops, free of charge, throughout 2014.

BC government provides $10 million for small and medium manufacturers

The StrongerBC Accelerating Manufacturing Grants program has released $10 million in funding for 43 new projects in the province’s manufacturing sector.

Modest growth in manufacturing for Canada: PMI hits 9-month high

Canadian manufacturers signalled an improvement in their overall business conditions during November, which marked three months of sustained recovery, according to data from the IHS Markit Canada Manufacturing PMI.

New contest promotes manufacturing productivity

Shop Metalworking Technology Magazine teams up with industry partners for The Innovation Challenge contest

3rd year record auto sales for Honda Canada

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.

Walter Tools acquires U.S. business Melin Tool Company

German tooling manufacturer Walter AG has reached an agreement to acquire the Ohio-based Melin Tool Company, a privately-owned manufacturer of solid carbide and HSS end mills, drills and countersinks.

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