Transportation equipment, down for the second consecutive month, decreased 1.3 per centClick image to enlargeAs the horrible year 2020 ground to an end, Canada’s manufacturing sector grew 1.7 per cent in November, largely as a result of higher inventory, according to the most recent data from Statistics Canada.

Both durable and non-durable manufacturing were up. This was the sixth increase in seven months—after a 0.5 per cent contraction in October—bringing the sector's output to within 3 per cent of its pre-pandemic activity.

Durable manufacturing rose 2 per cent, led by fabricated metal products  with 7.1 per cent growth. Machinery manufacturing (+3.8 per cent) and non-metallic mineral product manufacturing (+5.6 per cent) also posted growth. Transportation equipment, down for the second consecutive month, decreased 1.3 per cent.

Non-durable manufacturing was up 1.3 per cent in November as all subsectors—with the exception of chemical manufacturing (-0.8 per cent)—saw increases. The industries contributing most to this growth were plastics and rubber products (+4.1 per cent), petroleum and coal product (+3 per cent), paper (+3 per cent) and beverage and tobacco (+2.7 per cent) manufacturing.

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Roberto Nicoli new managing director for Bystronic Canada

Roberto Nicoli has been named managing director of Bystronic Canada. Nicoli has been with the company since September 2014 as director of global key account management.

Amada opens Toronto Technical Centre

Amada Canada Ltd. has opened a new technical centre to better service Canadian customers.

Armoured vehicle maker opens new plant in Ontario

INKAS Group of Companies has opened a new manufacturing facility in Ontario and the first armoured vehicle showroom in Canada.

The company held a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 8 to commemorate the new plant.

Canadian economy can weather the economic storm: Financial Post

Despite the economic uncertainty in industry, an online story in the Financial Post says Canada’s financial system is in a relatively good place to weather any potential storms generated by a weakening global economy and the U.S.-China trade war.

Manufacturing answers the call with $21M in COVID projects

Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster has invested more than $21 million in projects that will lead to the production in Canada of critically needed technologies, equipment and medical devices to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

Haimer expands Canadian sales, service

Haimer USA is expanding its sales and service support in Canada with the appointment of Matt Seesle, who has joined the company as the dedicated Canadian applications sales specialist.

$30 M+ for Quebec aerospace additive manufacturing

A Swedish additive manufacturing company is investing $31 million in a new automated facility in Broisbriand, QC, that will create 106 new jobs over the next three years. Advanced Powders & Coatings (AP&C), a subsidiary of Arcam AB, made the announcement at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Elliott-Matsuura takes on new lines, Skoda, Cheto

Elliott-Matsuura Canada Inc., Oakville, ON, has added two new lines of machines to its offering.

Tobias Kuehnle new managing director of TRUMPF Canada

Tobias Kuehnle has been named managing director of TRUMPF Canada Inc., effective April 1, 2018. He succeeds Stefan Fickenscher, who moves to the role of sales director of TRUMPF's machine tool division, based in the US.

EMAG adds new Canadian sales rep

Jeff Moore has joined EMAG as regional sales manager to service the Canadian market.

IMTS 2020 is cancelled

The uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has claimed yet another event. The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) has cancelled the manufacturing sector’s flagship event, The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS).

CME wants manufacturing workers vaccinated next

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is urging the Government of Ontario to vaccinate manufacturing workers so that the sector can continue to keep workplaces open and safe and compete against a largely vaccinated U.S. market.

Prima Industrie launches additive business

Prima Industrie, parent company of Prima Power, is getting into the additive business with the launch of its new division Prima Additive and the introduction of a new additive machine, the Print Sharp 250.

Translas partners with Gullco on distribution deal

Translas, a global manufacturer of on- torch fume extraction solutions, has announced a distribution partnership with Gullco International Ltd. Based in Newmarket, Ont., Gullco will be the global distributor of Translas’ newest fume extraction solutions, namely Translas 7XE Semi-Automatic Fume Extraction welding gun and the ClearO2 W-Series hi-vac units, designed and engineered for welding automation.

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