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Canadian manufacturers continue to increase their factory capacity utilization.

The capacity utilization rate (not seasonally adjusted) for the total manufacturing sector increased from 76.6% in February to 81.7% in March, the highest rate since May 2019, according to Statistics Canada.

The capacity utilization rates increased in all 21 industries in March, but were particularly pronounced in the transportation equipment (+10.4 percentage points) industry. Higher production of motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts were responsible for the increase in capacity utilization.

Fabricated metal product manufacturing capacity utilization was up 3.1 percentage points from the previous month and 4.1 percentage points year over year.

Free webinar links CAM software to multi-tasking

Topic: Mazak webinar "Process Planning for Improved Multi-Tasking Machining" 

Date & Time: February 18, 2:00 pm EST

Mazak is holding a free webinar on the role CAM software plays in process planning and optimizing of mill-turn operations. 

Canadian manufacturing sales up 3.4%

RBC Economics reports that Canadian manufacturing sales moved up 3.4% in November of last year, after falling 0.6% in October.

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.

Elliott signs distribution deal with Takumi

Elliott Matsuura Canada Inc. has partnered with Takumi—a company under the Hurco umbrella—to supply machining centers in Canada.  

GM Oshawa plant launch accelerated; axle supplier named

GM says the start of production of full-size trucks at the refurbished Oshawa Assembly facility is months ahead of schedule.

TRUMPF acquires sheet metal software firm Lantek

TRUMPF has acquired Spanish software house Lantek to improve it’s offerings for software in sheet metal processing.

Montréal additive metal powder supplier expands operations

AP&C Advanced Powders & Coatings is expanding its Greater Montréal operations.

Welding association CWB Group rebrands under one name

Following on the heels of its 70th anniversary, The CWB Group is rebranding its different business units under one brand, CWB. The organization says the initiative will help industry more easily identify the CWB's complete offerings.

Pressing issues clouding manufacturing’s future

A host of pressing issues are hampering Canadian manufacturing’s economic recovery and clouding its outlook despite strong demand for goods, according to the results of a national business outlook survey of manufacturing companies released by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) today.

 

INDEX establishes service to rebuild tool holders in North America

INDEX has established a dedicated service department to rebuild tool holders at its North American headquarters in Noblesville, Indiana.

Ontario invests $55 M for skills training

The Ontario govvernment is adding $55 million to apprenticeship training initiatives that will include programs to raise awareness about careers in the skilled trades.

Iscar, Megatel partner on machining event

Iscar Tools and Megatel have formed a partnership and plan to hold a technical machining presentation November 29 at Iscar's Oakville, ON, facility.

Hypertherm named world's most ethical company

Hypertherm, a manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, has been named the 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute.

Manufacturing sales continued growth in December, advance results show

Manufacturing sales are expected to have risen 0.8 per cent in December, driven in part by higher sales in the fabricated metal products and motor vehicle industries, according to an advance estimate released by Statistics Canada this morning.

Cutting fuel subsidies could make decarbonisation more difficult: Canadian Chamber

Eliminating fossil fuel subsidies makes for a great soundbite on the evening news but doesn’t represent a viable path to decarbonisation, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Mark Agnew informed a federal government committee studying the subsidies issue.

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