To prepare Oshawa Assembly for full-size truck production, the team is installing more than 1,200 new robots (similar to these shown at the Flint, Michigan Assembly plant). When installed, these robots will cover 30 acres of automation at Oshawa Assembly. PHOTO: GM CanadaClick image to enlargeGM says the start of production of full-size trucks at the refurbished Oshawa Assembly facility is months ahead of schedule.

The automaker is moving start-up to the fourth quarter of this 2021 ahead of the previous target of January 2022, meaning Oshawa Assembly is on track to deliver one of the fastest plant launches in GM history.

This CAN$1.3B investment is helping to create nearly 1,700 new jobs and indirect supplier jobs just as Canada recovers from COVID-19.

GM has also named American Axle & Manufacturing as the sole-supplier of front and rear pickup axles for production at the facility.

AAM's manufacturing facilities will provide both front and rear axles for trucks built in Oshawa. This new business is in addition to AAM's current supply of front and rear axles to GM's full-size pickup assembly facilities in Indiana, Michigan and Mexico.

"This additional sourcing continues to leverage AAM's strategic partnership with GM having supported their full-size light truck program with durable, efficient and lightweight drivelines for many decades," says David C. Dauch, AAM chairman and CEO. "This is a critical part of our business and integral to our two-pronged approach to support both internal combustion and battery electric/hybrid vehicles with the industry's leading driveline technology."

Bombardier Aerospace on a roll

Recent aircraft deals valued at close to $1.5 billion

Bombardier Aerospace has had a recent slate of good news that is helping to spur growth in Canada’s aerospace parts manufacturing sector.

$500,000 donation for high school welding programs

The CWA Foundation and the Marinucci Family Foundation plan to donate $500,000 to high school welding programs in Canada. Each secondary school will receive $5,000 annually over ten years. CWA made the annoucnement at the CanWeld Conference in St. John's, NL. At the same time, the CWA Foundation plans to establish a welding program at a secondary school in Newfoundland.

Manufacturing group forms Jim Flaherty bursary

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) has unveiled the Jim Flaherty bursary for students enrolled in manufacturing programs at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

De Havilland signs MoU for hydrogen-electric engine program

De Havilland signs MoU to develop hydrogen-electric engine program

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ZeroAvia to develop a line-fit and retrofit program for De Havilland’s aircraft models using hydrogen-electric propulsion in both new and in-service aircraft.

$100 million for manufacturing: Harper election promise

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says if the Conservatives are re-elected, the government will create a $100 million Manufacturing Technology Demonstration Fund to support projects in advanced manufacturing. Harper's election promise is the latest in a slew of promises from federal party leaders about how they plan to support manufacturing in Canada if their respective governments are elected.

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.

Organizational changes at Seco

Todd Miller is the manager of product marketing at Seco Tools, Troy, MI. He is part of a series of organization changes at the cutting tool company.

Nasa picks Maxar to test in-space manufacturing

Maxar Technologies a space technology firm based in Westminster, Col., was selected by NASA to perform an in-space assembly demonstration using a lightweight robotic arm.

Manufacturing output remains positive in December

The final month of 2021 revealed another robust expansion in operating conditions for Canada's manufacturing sector.

CWB Group partners with FABTECH Canada

CWB has announced that it will be offering educational support through its Acorn educational program at FABTECH Canada, North America’s largest event dedicated to metal forming, fabrication, welding and finishing.

CWB Group donates $250,000 to hospital expansion

The Canadian Welding Bureau Group (CWB Group) has donated $250,000 to support the expansion of a Milton, ON, hopsital.

Index hires Matt Voyles as service manager

Matt Voyles has been hired as the new service manager for Index in the U.S. and Canada.

Thomas Skinner celebrates 110th anniversary

December marked the 110th year of business for Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd. and the company celebrated the milestone on December 4.

GM caps off a huge year for Canadian auto investment

General Motors has added to a landmark year for Canada’s automotive sector by committing to a CAN$1 billion investment to manufacture an electric delivery van at its struggling CAMI manufacturing facility in Windsor Ont.

CWB goes global on welding education

The CWB Association is collaborating with several global organizations to provide professional educational opportunities to engineers and specialists around the world.

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