The auto sector has so far held off the capacity issues plaguing other industriesClick image to enlargeThroughout the third quarter, there were many signs of a gradual resumption of activities in the manufacturing sector.

Despite a rebound in the overall capacity utilization rate for manufacturing, its value remained below the level posted in the third quarter of 2019, according to the latest report from Statistics Canada.

Year over year, the capacity utilization rate of manufacturing decreased three points to 75.3 per cent in the third quarter. Capacity utilization fell in 18 of the 21 major manufacturing industries, representing about three-quarters of the gross domestic product of the manufacturing sector.

However, the data agency says transportation equipment manufacturers’ capacity utilization edged up 0.6 percentage points to 79.6 per cent in the third quarter. Production at motor vehicle assembly plants resumed after being interrupted in the second quarter because of public health measures. Many auto manufacturers shortened or skipped their summer shutdowns this year. This increase coincided with higher exports of motor vehicles and parts and a gain in the gross domestic product of motor vehicle manufacturing.

Petroleum and coal product manufacturers saw their activities restart gradually in the third quarter, after posting a strong decrease in the previous quarter. This improvement coincided with higher crude oil prices and increased activity in refineries. Nevertheless, year over year, the capacity utilization rate dropped 7.9 percentage points to 76.7 per cent in the third quarter.

Bombardier among outperforming businesses: National Bank

The National Bank of Canada says Canada’s 43 most prominent family controlled businesses – a group which includes Bombardier – “sustainably” outperform the S&P TSX composite index.

Komet, Castelar celebrate unique partnership

Komet and its Ontario Service Partner, Castelar Tool & Grinding Inc., celebrated their partnership and the opening of a new facility in Mississauga, ON, the first shared facility between Komet and a Service Partner.

Armoured car maker Inkas announces new Toronto plant

INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, a Toronto-based manufacturer of armored and special purpose vehicles, has acquired a new production facility in Toronto.

Tariffs had no impact on NAFTA talks: Trudeau

Tariffs imposed by the US Trump administration on Canadian steel and aluminum had no effect on trade talks – and Canada may ratify the new USMCA agreement even if they remain in place, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an interview with CNN.

$6.6 M for manufacturers in southern Ontario

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontaro) announces $6.6 million funding for Guelph manufacturers

Guelph, ON, manufacturers Hammond Manufacturing Co. and Ontario Drive and Gear Ltd. will be receiving combined funding of $6.6 million following an annoucement by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The projects are expected to create or maintain up to 165 full time equivalent jobs.

Federal government taps Winnipeg firm to build ventilators

A Winnipeg, Man., company that developed the Winnipeg Ventilator will be making thousands of ventilators after the Federal government selected the business via the Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster, the organization leading Canada's Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

IN THE PAGES OF SHOP METALWORKING: Digital Machining

In the latest issue of Shop Metalworking Technology, three industry experts offer insight on our brave new manufacturing world.

Haimer hires marketing support for Canada, US, Mexico

Desiré Karp has joined Haimer USA as marketing coordinator. She will be the lead organizer of trade shows, trainings, and events and support marketing efforts in Canada, the USA, and Mexico. She has more than 17 years of experience in trade shows and event marketing, 12 of which were specific to the metalworking sector

Magellan, ABB win Moon exploration tech deals

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded seven contracts totalling $4.36 million to five manufacturing and tech companies to develop moon exploration technology.

Mitsubishi Electric acquires ASTES4 SA

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, an established MC Machinery automation solutions partner, has announced the acquisition of ASTES4 SA.

TRUMPF opens smart factory in Chicago

TRUMPF celebrated the opening of its smart factory in Chicago, IL, on September 12, 2017. It's the first smart factory for Industry 4.0 solutions. The $15 million, 500,000 sq ft facility is designed for digitally connected production processes.

CN to invest $2.5 B in 966 km of new rails, maintenance

CN plans to spend $2.5 billion in 2017 to improve its core infrastructure, which includes replacement of 2.2 million rail ties, installation of more than 966 km (600 miles) of new rail, and work in bridges, branch line upgrades and other general track maintenance.

LVD replaces Strippit brand name

Belgian sheet metal processing technology manufacturer LVD Group has changed the name of its North American-focused LVD Strippit brand.

Trade gap hits 17-month low

Canada’s trade gap narrowed in June to its lowest level in 17 months.

Teradyne invests US$36M in Danish robot hub

Industrial automation giant Teradyne has invested US$36 million to build a new home for its Danish robot builders Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) and Universal Robots (UR).

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn