Gross domestic product and final domestic demand, quarterly % change, chained (2012) dollars. Source: StatsCanClick image to enlarge

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

It was the fastest growth since the 4.4 per cent rise that was recorded in the second quarter of 2017.

Real gross domestic product grew 0.9 per cent in the quarter, well ahead of the 0.1 per cent rise in each of the previous two quarters. The second quarter result was a surprise to analysts following the poor figures from the previous two quarters – the lowest GDP growth in back-to-back quarters since 2015.

One of the quarter’s primary drivers was a strong, broad-based rebound in goods exports, reports Huffington Post. That growth was led by energy products, farming and fishing products, non-metallic minerals and aircraft products. A one per cent drop in import volumes also helped; they had increased 2.1 per cent in the previous quarter, helping to dim that quarter’s growth to a weak 0.5 per cent.

Economists had expected growth of around three per cent (annualized) for the quarter. The more modest growth was expected following a drastic deceleration in the first quarter, largely thanks to decreased oil prices.

Canada commits to 8-year $800 M shipbuilding investment

The Government of Canada has committed to supporting the country's shipbuilding industry with an eight-year, $800 million contract for Thales Canada Inc. and Thales Australia Ltd. that will help support the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships and Joint Support Ships. The investment means shipbuilding companies such as Irving Shipbuilding and Seaspan's Vancover Shipyards will be building ships in Canada to support the commitment.

Mitutoyo, API partner for metrology distribution

API and Mitutoyo Corp. are partnering to distribute API’s portable dimensional metrology equipment through Mitutoyo’s global network.

Ontario introduces new measures to stop illegal blockades

The Ontario government is introducing new measures to protect international border crossings from unlawful disruptions such as February’s blockade of Windsor’s Ambassador Bridge and other border crossing points by anti-vaccination truckers and their allies.

RoboVent launches clean air initiative

RoboVent has launched a new program to help the manufacturing industry better understand and address air quality issues in manufacturing facilities.

Tregaskiss sponsors Ontario robotics team

Students on a robotics team at Vincent Massey Second School in Windsor, ON, have qualified for a robotics world championship competition.

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.

Federal government invests $22 M in research for cleantech, advanced manufacturing

The Federal government is investing close to $22 million for four research networks that encourage industrial partnerships between scientists and business leaders to tackle pollution and explore enhanced manufacturing technologies.

Sandvik appoints MTS specialist for Ontario

Sandvik Coromant Canada has announced the promotion of Nick Tomac to the position of MTS specialist – Ontario.

$800,000 in Fed funding for Memex Automation

Memex Automation, a Canadian supplier of manufacturing M2M productivity software, has received $800,000 funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The repayable loan will allow for accelerated development of the company's flagship product, MERLIN, and create 16 new jobs at the Burlington, ON, company.

$62+ M for two Quebec aerospace firms

Two aerospace parts manufacutring companies are investing a combined $62.4 million in upgrading their operations in Quebec.

Canadian supply chains nowhere near normal yet

Don’t be fooled by signs that North America’s supply chains are getting back to normal at major entry points. Canadian metalworking shops should continue to expect supply chain issues for the foreseeable future. Here’s why:

Morphing metal: future of robotics?

Engineers at Cornell Univeristy in Ithaca, NY, have developed a hybrid material comprised of stiff metal and soft, prorous rubber foam that combines the best properties of both-stiffness when it's required and elasticity when a change of shape is needed. And, perhaps of greatest importance, the material has the ability to self-heal if damaged.

US firm to acquire Canadian aerospace parts maker General Donlee Canada

Triumph Group Inc., Berwyn, PA, plans to acquire General Donlee Canada Inc., Toronto, a Canadian manufacturer of flight critical complex machined components for $110 million in cash to acquire outstanding equity and retire the Canadian company's existing debt.

Lincoln expands with robotic plasma firm acquisition

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., has acquired an ownership interest in Burlington Automation Corp., Hamilton, ON, a manufacturer of 3D robotic plasma cutting systems.

Face milling for high surface finish

In the metalworking industry, ensuring a high-grade surface finish has always been one of the main directions in cutting tool development. This is also true for indexable face milling cutters.

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