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Approximately 5000 Canadians attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place in Chicago,

IL, to see the latest in metalworking technology. And some attended the inaugural Shop IMTS Canadian Luncheon, launched by Shop Metalworking Technology Magazine, and sponsored by Elliott Matsuura Canada, Mitutoyo Canada, Sandvik Coromant Canada and Schunk Intec.

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Sandvik Coromant Canada's Don Wilson kicked off the event with the singing of O Canada before "That Canadian Guy" Glen Foster took the stage for 40 minutes with his comedy routine.

The second Shop IMTS Canadian Luncheon will be held at IMTS 2014 in Chicago, IL. 

Labor shortage placing industry survival at stake: Hasrouny

Never mind Covid-19 restrictions and supply chain disruptions, the biggest challenge the metalworking industry faces over the next decade is finding skilled labor, says Marc Hasrouny and as president of the Canadian Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (CMTDA) he plans to make addressing this issue his top priority.

Inventory edged up, unfilled orders down in March: Statscan

Statistics Canada has offered up the first glimpse of the COVID-19’s economic impact on Canada’s manufacturing sector as the data agency released figures for the March Manufacturing Survey.

Ottawa, Ontario invest in next-generation auto tech

Ottawa has announced an investment of $40 million in BlackBerry QNX software for connected autonomous vehicles.

Ontario college welding professor wins CWA award

Robbie Duncan is the recipient of the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation's Exceptional Educator Award in the post secondary category. Duncan was on hand to receive his award during the CanWeld conference and expo in Montreal, in September.

$40 B US industrial robotics market by 2020

The global industrial robotics market is expected to exceed USD 40 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc.

Toyoda tackling EV battery challenges

Toyota Motor Corp. is tackling outstanding issues with its all solid-state battery for electric vehicles as it races to commercialize what many are calling breakthrough technology for EVs.

BLM Group announces new sales manager for Eastern Canada

Tube and flat sheet processing solutions manufacturer BLM Group USA has appointed Paul Maietta as regional sales manager for Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Managing Change in a Fast-Changing World

If there is one thing that struck me during a visit to several metal fabricators in northern Italy, it is their ability to efficiently manage rapid change in manufacturing.

Global growth spurt forecast for metal machining sector

UK-based research firm Technavio forecasts the global metal machining market is poised to grow by US$14.76 billion during 2020-2024 at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost four per cent during that period.

Stelco National Steel Sponsor for Mind Over Metal camps

 

Stelco has announced that it is the National Steel Sponsor for over 80 CWB Welding Foundation Mind Over Metal (MOM) camps that will run throughout Canada in 2018/19.

Lincoln Electric featured in new TV series

Lincoln Electric recently provided support during the filming on new series on ABC TV network called "BattleBots."

CTMA launches new trades mentoring award

Igor Babamov of Advanced Machining Services Inc., Windsor, ON, is the first recipient of a new award that recognizes mentors of skilled trades people.

Conestoga College gets funding for skilled trades

Conestoga College, based in Kitchener, ON, will implement and lead a welding pre-apprenticeship training program that will be delivered across the country.

The Biggest Constraint: A Ghostly Tale of Quality Management

By Kip Hanson

Ever since that big investment firm acquired us last year, Spacely's Space Sprockets has been struggling. I can't blame the investors. They provided an infusion of much needed cash, brought in a pair of high-tech, multi-axis machining centres, and agreed to replace our aging ERP system. At their request, we'd even brought in an efficiency expert to help us implement Six Sigma best practices.

Weakest manufacturing growth in almost two years

Canadian manufacturing growth moderated in December, according to the latest seasonally adjusted IHS Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index.

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