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Jim Burrows, a long-time figure in the machine tool industry in Canada, has died. 

He served as executive director of the Canadian Machine Tool Distributors' Association (CMTDA) for many years after he retired from his career in machine tool sales.

US demand will drive metal stampings growth

A new report that states US demand for metal stampings will reach $47.5 billion in 2021 because of continued growth in US production for durable goods, may have a positive impact on Canadian manufacturers and create new opportunities for business.

Haas donates $50,000 to Ontario Skills Competition

Haas Automation, a long time supporter of the Skills Competitions in Canada, donated $50,000 to the Ontario Technological Skills organization to support ongoing training for skilled trades. The donation came through the Gene Haas Foundation, which supports skills training in North America.

Elliott Matsuura to distribute FANUC machines

Elliott Matsuura Canada Inc. has signed an agreement with Methods Machine Tools Inc. to sell Fanuc Robocut and Robodrill machines in Canada.

Long-time Elliott-Matsuura employee Jack Craig dies

Jack Craig, a long time Elliott-Matsuura Canada employee, has died. He was 91 years old.

The big business of robotics: $19 B in acquisitions in 2016

Robotics and automation isn't just growing among the manufacturing indusry. The market is wide reaching and in 2016, the year was a banner one for acquisitions of companies involved in robotics and automation, according to The Robot Report.

EXRO building new EV parts plant in Calgary

Exro Technologies Inc., a Calgary-based clean technology company, is building a new facility in Calgary which will be equipped for automotive-class manufacturing.

New growth and innovation platform to support Ontario technology cluster

The federal government is investing $52.4 million in a growth and innovation platform in the Waterloo–Toronto–Ottawa corridor.

New Quebec distributor for fabricating, machining equipment

Smart Metal Technologies (SMT), Notre Dame de L'ile Perrot, QC, is a new distributor of fabricating and machining equipment.

Formed late last year by Sylvain Martin, the company represents several fabricating and machining equipment and tooling suppliers including Haco, Wilson Tool, Wila Tool, Watts Specialites tube and pipe cutters, Teenking waterjet, Falcon Metal, m&h probing, and CNC machine tools from Juaristi, Hwacheon, and OKK.

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Ontario trade mission to China secures $1 B+

Ontario needs to build relationships apart from the US, according to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, so the province's recent trade mission to China, in which Ontario has secured more than $1 billion in agreements between the two countries, is an important step towards this goal.

Marc-André Aubé new head of Walter Surface Technologies

Marc-André Aubé is the new president and COO of Walter Surface Technologies, based in Pointe-Claire, QC.

Quebec firm acquires machine shop business JLM Usinage

Mundial Group, St. Lambert-de-Lauzon, QC, has aquired JLM Usinage Inc., of St. Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC, a machine shop specializing in pharmaceutical, medical, scientific, optical, electronics, food and industrial sectors.

$11 M expansion for Quebec aerospace manufacturing shop

Alta Precision, a Montreal machine shop serving the aerospace manufacturing industry, has doubled its operation to meet growing demand. The modernized $11 million project has seen the CNC manufacturing business go from 40,000 sq ft to 80,000 sq ft. The company held an inauguration on June 21. Alta Precision will be featured in Shop Metalworking Technology's upcoming August issue.

Brand neutral manufacturing resource platform

A new online manufacturing resource platform called “A Faster Horse” has launched.

Hypertherm becomes employee owned

Hypertherm is now a 100 per cent employee owned company. The company made the transition and the annoucement in mid-January.

IN THE PAGES OF SHOP METALWORKING: Digital Machining

In the latest issue of Shop Metalworking Technology, three industry experts offer insight on our brave new manufacturing world.

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