GMCanadaClick image to enlarge

GM has announced that it will close its Oshawa, ON auto plant as part of a global restructuring.

The company is moving to focus on autonomous and zero-emission vehicles and will cease auto production in Ottawa in December of next year.
Unifor, the union representing workers at the plant, was set to meet with GM today and released a statement saying it did not accept GM’s decision, which it said violated an agreement reached in 2016 that averted the closure of the plant.
The Canadian and Ontario governments were informed of GM’s decision late on Sunday. Ottawa says it will analyze the closing and examine possible measures to help the workforce. The Oshawa plant employs about 2500 workers.
In June the former head of GM Canada, Steve Carlisle, was transferred to take over GM’s Cadillac luxury car division. Unifor said that Carlisle had promised the Oshawa plant wouldn’t be closed as long as he was head of GM Canada.
GM was the recipient of several billion dollars in loans from Ottawa and Ontario as it went through bankruptcy protection in 2009. Last month Export Development Canada noted that GM still had an outstanding loan of more than $1 billion.

Haas donates $80,000 for skills training in Canada

The Gene Haas Foundation is donating more than US $80,000 to support skills training in Canada. In Western Canada, the Gene Haas Foundation has donated US $50,000 in scholarship funding to Skills Canada and in Ontario, it has donated US $30,000 ($36,000 CDN) for scholarship funding for students enrolled in Georgian College's Mechanical Technician-Precision Skills program. Earlier this year, the Foundation donated US $50,000 to Ontario Skills for scholarships in CNC technology. To date, just in this year alone, the Gene Haas Foundation has granted $150,000 to three Skills Canada competitions and to scholarships.

Ontario fab shop celebrates manufacturing innovation milestone

An Ontario metal fabrication shop held an open house to unveil the first Ontario-built Electrical House (E-House) and to announce a $2 million investment in new manufacturing technologies.

China sets eyes on global leadership for robotics

China is looking to vault into global leadership for robotics, judging by the new 5-year plan released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in Beijing.

Macrodyne increases European presence with Dunkes acquisition

Macrodyne Technologies Inc., a Toronto-based hydraulic press manufacturer, has acquired Dunkes GmbH, a German press manufacturer with decades of experience in metal forming, straightening and joining technologies.

Manufacturing in Canada: fastest growth since 2011

Canada's manufacturing industry continues to see strong growth and the latest figures from the Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) shows that the business conditions in the sector have improved at the fastest pace since April 2011.

Canadian manufacturers should collaborate on cyber security

A senior federal cyber security expert says Canadian manufacturers need to work together to identify and solve problems with cyber security.

Mazak smart factory concept launches in Japan

Mazak's iSmart Factory concept is now part of the company's Oguchi, Japan plant. The plant now joins Mazak’s iSmart Factory in Florence, KY, as the first two in the company’s plan to eventually designate all ten of its manufacturing operations as Mazak iSmart Factories.

Platinum Tooling named Tecnicrafts North American distributor

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. will be selling products from Tecnicrafts Industries, a manufacturer of collets and guide bushings for Swiss Type CNC Lathes, in North America.

Equispheres gets $3.5M to accelerate production of metal powder materials

Ottawa-based Equispheres Inc. will receive a $3.5 million repayable contribution to accelerate production of its metal powder materials for additive manufacturing from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FEDDEV), under its Ontario Business Scale-up and Productivity Program.

MicroStep expands North American footprint

MicroStep is expanding its North American presence with the launch of a new subsidiary, MicroStep USA. The Slovakian based manufacturer of CNC cutting machines such as plasma and oxyfuel machines, laser utting, waterjet and pipe and profile cutting machines, expanded in Canada in 2015 with the opening of its Canadian subsidiary, MicroStep Canada, headed by president Kal Shergill and based in Burlington, ON.

Hexagon opens certification centre in Montreal

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division today announced the opening of a dedicated Hexagon certification centre in Montreal.

New university lab for advanced manufacturing

The University of Waterloo is building one of the largest university-based facilities in the world to advance additive manufacturing (AM) and help companies adopt AM processes for innovative and customized products.

Shaping the car of 2030

Magna International has launched a North American student innovation challenge to help shape the car of 2030.

Managing Through Crisis

During the current COVID-19 lockdown, many manufacturers and their suppliers have teamed up to find ways to keep operating during the unprecedented economic crisis.

WATCH: Canadian economic momentum to increase in 2019: RBC

Despite recent discouraging signs, the Canadian economy is likely to grow faster later this year, according to an RBC economist.

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn