Woodbridge-area company DuROCK will receive $1-million to help establish a new manufacturing facilityClick image to enlargeFedDev Ontario, the federal department tasked with boosting manufacturing fims in the province, has invested $7.8 million to help three manufacturers increase productivity, capacity and create 116 skilled jobs.

Woodbridge, Ont.-based Vision Profile Extrusions manufactures synthetic polymer and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for windows and doors, primarily for construction. The company will use its $2.3-million repayable contribution to add robotics and automation, creating 36 skilled jobs and retaining 30 jobs.

Axiom Group, a plastic injection molding and mold-making company in Aurora, Ont., is receiving $4.5-million to automate and digitize its processes to improve its Industry 4.0-enabled facilities, creating 60 skilled jobs.

DuROCK manufactures Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS), specialty coatings for floors and walls and specialty interior and design finishes. The Woodbridge-area company will receive $1-million to help establish a new manufacturing facility to take advantage of new infrastructure and retrofitting projects, particularly those requiring energy-efficient and non-combustible solutions, creating 20 skilled jobs.

Since November 2015, FedDev Ontario has invested almost $285 million in 75 manufacturing projects across southern Ontario.

Walter appoints new regional president

Walter has announced the appointment of Richard Garrick as president Sales Region World West.

Linda Hasenfratz up for entrepreneur award

Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar Corp., Guelph, ON, is among 65 people competing for a world entrepreneur award. The winner of the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year will be announced on June 6 in Monaco, the event's location.

Mazak adds new Western Canadian distributor

Mazak Corp. has added a new Western Canadian distributor and gone direct in BC as part of a new strategic business move.

Six companies receive federal economic development funding

Six companies in the Lévis, Quebec area have each received hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding from the Canadian federal government through Canada Economic Development’s Quebec Economic Development program. 

ABB wins robotics innovation award for medical centre cobots

Industrial automation giant ABB has been named a winner in the 2020 RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards by Robotics Business Review.

Consumer spending grows in US

Consumer confidence augurs well for stronger North American economy

Consumer confidence in the US is growing, according to recent retails sales data.

Ford, Magna investing big in advanced R&D

Two of Canada's major manufacturers, Ford and Magna, are investing millions of dollars in advanced research and development for connected vheicles and services and artificial intellingence.

Ferro Technique acquires Windsor's Lomar

Mississauga, Ont.-based Ferro Technique Ltd., a portfolio company of Argyle Capital Partners, has acquired Lomar Machine Repair Inc.

Bystronic holds fiber laser learning event in Ontario

Metal fabricators from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and as far away as Sudbury attended a Bystronic “Best Choice” learning event to hear about the economic benefits of fiber laser cutting technology.

FABTECH 2013

North America's premier event for metal fabricating, forming and welding takes place in Chicago, IL November 18-21

North America's largest event for the metal fabricating and forming industry takes place November 18 to 21 at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.

The annual event attracts fabricators from across North America. This year, event organizers are expecting more than 35,000 attendees to visit the 1,500 exhibitors already registered for the event.

This year's events includes an expanded education program with more than 100 sessions, including 64 new courses that have not been offered at previous FABTECH events. New sessions include presentations on trends and advances in laser technology and new workshops about lean manufacturing, workforce development and press brake operation skills.

Special events include a welding competition, new product presentations, a reception for women in manufacturing and a "cocktails and comedy" event on Wednesday, November 20.

For event details and for registration, visit FABTECH online at www.fabtechexpo.com.

SHOW HOURS

Monday, November 18, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Tuesday, November 19, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Wednesday, November 20, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Thursday, November 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  •  State of the Industry: Executive Outlook

Open to all attendees, the event takes place Tuesday, November 19, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm at the FABTECH Theatre, Grand Concourse.

  • ·      Solutions for a Qualified Workforce Pipline

Open to all attendees, panel discussion takes place Wednesday, November 20 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm at the FABTECH Theatre, Grand Concourse.

  • ·      Robotic Arc Welding Contents

Robotic welding technicians compete on Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20 in the North Hall, Booth N2099.

  • ·      Cocktails and Comedy

Doors open at 5:00 pm at the FABTECH Theatre, Grand Concourse, on Wednesday, November 20.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: EDITOR'S PICKS

·      Precision Punch & Cutting Technology 8:00 am - 10:00 am Monday, November 18

·      Automation Solutions for Press Brakes with Tech Tour 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Monday, November 18

·      Welding Disimilar Metals conference 8:15 am - 2:30 pm, Monday, November 18

·      Introduction to Laser Cutting Best Practices 8:00 am - 10:00 am, Tuesday, November 19

·      New Developments in Waterjet Cutting 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, November 19

·      Inspecting and Troubleshooting Welded Tube 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Tuesday, November 19

·      Innovations in Plasma Cutting 8:00 am - 10:00 am Wednesday, November 20

·      Game Changing Technology to Increase Productivity 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Wednesday, November 20

·      High Energy Density Welding Processes 8:00 am - 11:00 am Wednesday, November 20

Check event details online at www.fabtechexpo.com/learn#.

 

Manufacturing index slips to 26 month low

A sharp downturn in employment growth set the negative tone for the IHS Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for February, however there was also strong demand from US clients that helped support overall new export orders.

Economic outlook brightens for Ontario, Maritime provinces

Despite the economic uncertainty many of Canada's provinces have faced in the past year, Ontario and the Maritime provinces are expected to grow in 2016, according to the Conference Board of Canada's Provincial Outlook Spring 2015.

BlackBerry to work on driverless vehicles

BlackBerry Ltd. has been selected to work with Chinese search engine giant Baidu Inc. to provide the safety operating system for the Apollo autonomous driving system, which is being developed in cooperation with several vehicle makers.

Stelco names new CFO

Stelco Holdings Inc. has appointed Paul Scherzer to chief financial officer, effective March 16, 2020.

New head for Sandvik Coromant

Nadine Crauwels is the new president of Sandvik Coromant. She  has more than 22 years of experience in the manufacturing industry and most previously worked as VP and head of customized solutions and strategic relations for Sandvik Coromant.

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn