Durable products manufacturing led the way in JanuaryClick image to enlargeReal gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.7 per cent in January, following 0.1 per cent growth in December, according to Statistics Canada.

This ninth consecutive monthly increase offset the steepest drops on record in Canadian economic activity observed in March and April 2020, however total economic activity was about 3 per cent below the February level before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manufacturing increases

The manufacturing sector expanded 1.9 per cent in January, offsetting its 0.7 per cent contraction in December. Increases in sales and inventory contributed to higher production.

Durable manufacturing was up 2.9 per cent, the largest growth rate since August 2020, with increases across all subsectors. Leading the growth were fabricated metal product (+4.7 per cent) and machinery (+4.4 per cent) manufacturing. Wood product manufacturing rose 4.1 per cent. The transportation equipment manufacturing subsector was unchanged (0.0 per cent) in January as a 10.7 per cent decline in the motor vehicle manufacturing industry was fully offset by gains in all the other industries within the subsector. Electrical equipment, appliance and component manufacturing contracted 6.6 per cent.

Non-durable manufacturing increased 0.7 per cent, its fourth increase in five months. Plastics and rubber products (+8.7 per cent) led the way, with growth in chemical (+0.8 per cent), and food (+0.4 per cent) manufacturing, while paper manufacturing (-2.7 per cent), printing and related support activities (-5.4 per cent), and petroleum and coal product manufacturing (-1.8 per cent) declined.


Wholesale trade grows

Wholesale trade was up 3.9 per cent in January, more than offsetting a 1.5 per cent contraction in December. Eight of nine subsectors contributed to the growth, led by machinery, equipment and supplies wholesaling (+8.2 per cent), as higher imports of all types of machinery contributed to increases in the subsector.


Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction continues growing

The mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector grew 2.7 per cent in January, a fifth consecutive monthly increase, as all three subsectors expanded.

Oil sands extraction grew 2.7 per cent as production increases continue. Oil and gas extraction (except oil sands) rose 1.3 per cent as both oil extraction and natural gas extraction were up. Support activities for mining, and oil and gas extraction grew 5.1 per cent, led by higher drilling and rigging services.

The mining and quarrying (except oil and gas) subsector was up for a third month in a row, rising 3 per cent in January, as most of the mining industries increased. Metal ore mining rose 5 per cent, as iron ore (+13.1 per cent) and copper, nickel, lead and zinc ore (+4.4 per cent) mining increased, driven by higher international demand for these commodities. Non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying contracted 2.0 per cent, mainly as a result of a decline in potash mining (-6.6 per cent). Coal mining grew 5.0 per cent, up for an eighth consecutive month.

Mitsubishi EDM, Matsuura partner on 3D manufacturing

MC Machinery Systems Inc., Wood Dale, IL, owned by Mitsubishi Corp., is partnering with machine tool builder Matsuura Machinery Corp., Fukui City, Japan, to introduce a 3D hybrid milling machine to the North American market (Canada and the US).

Sandvik Additive, Renishaw collaborate on additive manufacturing materials

Renishaw is collaborating with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing to qualify new additive manufacturing (AM) materials for production applications. This encompasses a broad range of metal powders, including new alloy compositions optimized for the laser powder-bed fusion (LPBF) process and which provide superior material properties.

LVD North America launches INNOV8, Innovation roadshow

LVD North America has announced its INNOV8 program and its Innovation Tour mobile roadshow.

Manufacturers focus on augmented reality

Some manufacturers think augumented reality (AR) has an important role to play in the future and they, in conjunction with AR partners, have released the world's first augmented reality hardware and software functional requirement guidelines to help manufacturers incorporate AR technology into their processes.

Nexwave Machinery distributor lands Bystronic exclusive

Nexwave Machinery has signed a deal to become the exclusive Eastern Canadian distributor for Bystronic's cutting and bending equipment.

TRUMPF opens micro processing lab

TRUMPF has opened a new, fully equipped laser micro machining applications laboratory at its headquarters in Farmington, CT.

Waterloo Brewing planning $13.4M expansion

Waterloo Brewing Ltd., Ontario's largest Canadian-owned brewery, is investing $13.4 million to meet demand. The project will include expansion of its brewing and blending capacity as well as the installation of a new can line.

ESAB restructures North American operations

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is restructuring its operations and will integrate ESAB and Victor regional operations and facilities. The restructuring will be deployed in phases throughout this year and 2016.

Hurco files patent on 3D adapter for CNC milling machine

Hurco is the latest company in the metalworking industry to get into the additive manufacturing business. On July 15, the company filed a US patent application for a new technology that will convert a CNC milling machine into a 3D printer for additvie manufacturing applications.

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.

GE Canada, EDC hosts Canadian supplier day

GE Canada and Export Development Canada (EDC) are hosting a supplier day to introduce innovative and globally-minded Canadian companies into the supply chain of GE's new facility in Welland, Ontario, opening in 2018.

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

Megatel celebrates new Windsor facility

Megatel has opened a new facility in the Windsor area and it's holding a two-day open house to commemorate the opening.

Hexagon acquires German firm to expand simulation software offerings

Hexago has acquired VIRES, a German provided of simulation software solutions that support the development, testing and validation of driver assisted and fully autonomous driving technology.

Gold for CNC machining at Skills Canada

Jonathan Adair, a graduate of Georgian College, in Barrie, ON, won the gold medal in CNC machining at the Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, NB, that ran June 5-8.

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