The manufacturing sector rose 7.4 per cent in May following a 22.4 per cent decline in April. Click image to enlargeReal gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.5 per cent in May after falling off a cliff when emergency measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 resulted in widespread shutdowns.

In May, provinces and territories started reopening sectors of their economies to varying degrees. While May's gains offset some of the March and April declines, economic activity remained 15 per cent below February's pre-pandemic level.

Preliminary information indicates an approximate 5 per cent increase in real GDP for June. Output across several industrial sectors, including manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, construction, transportation, accommodation and food services, and the public sector, increased.

The manufacturing sector rose 7.4 per cent in May following a 22.4 per cent decline in April. Durable manufacturing rose 11.2 per cent, as 8 of the 10 subsectors increased. The transportation equipment manufacturing subsector (+30.5 per cent) contributed the most to the growth, as all industries except aerospace products and parts manufacturing (-5.1 per cent) were up. Miscellaneous transportation manufacturing was up 49.6 per cent, fully offsetting the previous two monthly declines. The fabricated metal products (+9.1 per cent) and furniture and related products (+42.5 per cent) manufacturing sectors were up, while declines in machinery (-10.3 per cent) and primary metal (-0.4 per cent) manufacturing offset some of the growth.

Non-durable manufacturing rose 4 per cent, as seven of the nine subsectors grew. Petroleum and coal products manufacturing (+14.4 per cent) led the growth and refineries (+13.3 per cent) ramped up production. Plastic and rubber products (+16.7 per cent) and beverage and tobacco manufacturing (+18.0 per cent) were also up, while paper (-7.5 per cent) and food manufacturing (-3.0 per cent) declined.

Burloak and Kinectrics team up on additive manufacturing for nuclear power

Burloak Technologies Inc. and Kinectrics are going to collaborate on developing additively manufactured parts for the global nuclear power generation industry.

Canadian association launches additive manufacturing network

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has launched a new web site and resource for Canadian manufacturers for additive manufacturing.

Peter Burrell joins Amada Canada

Peter Burrell has joined Amada Canada, Mississuaga, ON, as sales manager.

He has more than 24 years of experience in the sheet metal fabrication business. He will be based out of the Mississauaga, ON, office.

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Metalworking in space

A 3D startup company that has been operating 3D polymer printers on the International Space Station, is developing tools for on-orbit metal manufacturing that could be ready for launch in 2018, according to a report by SpaceNews.com.

Tenaris eyes Sault Ste. Marie as its tube-making hub

Multinational manufacturer Tenaris, is planning to consolidate all of its pipe manufacturing operations into its Tenaris Algoma Tubes division in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

$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.

Formtek to distribute Italian line in North America

Formtek Inc., Cleveland, OH, has become the exclusive North American distributor for Bossi, an Italian manufacturer of inline and secondary surface processing equipment for roll forming and tube mill systems, based in Milan.

CN to buy 1,500 grain hopper cars

Rail carrier CN plans to acquire 1,500 new generation, high-capacity, grain hopper cars with delivery starting in January of 2021.

Hexagon acquires Vero CAM software business

Hexagon AB has acquired CAM software producer Vero Software.

Haimer, Fullerton sign licensing deal

Fullerton Tool Co., a solid carbide tool manufacturer, and Haimer USA have recently signed a licensing agreement for Haimer’s patented Safe-Lock anti-pullout system.

Five Axis Machining: West Coast Wonder

A B.C. design and manufacturing company adopted a five axis strategy. Read how Rainhouse Manufacturing Canada is benefiting from its investments.

Don't lower auto content value: NAFTA steel group

Three trade associations representing steel producers in Canada, the US and Mexico are urging negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to maintain regional auto content amdist reports that a lower regional value content is under consideration.

Historic Junkers aircraft flies again

Ninety-nine years after the maiden flight of the pioneering Junkers F 13 aircraft, a complete reconstruction of the airplane has been certificated for flight, Junkers has announced.

IMTS 2020 is cancelled

The uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has claimed yet another event. The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) has cancelled the manufacturing sector’s flagship event, The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS).

BC to lead economic growth: Report

British Columbia is expected to be the only province to advance by more than 3 per cent this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Provincial Outlook: Spring 2015. Following growth of 2.6 per cent in 2014, the province's economy will grow by 3.1 per cent in this year and 2.7 per cent in 2016.

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