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.

Joint machine tool open house draws crowds

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Honda to invest $492 M in Ontario manufacturing plants

Honda Canada plans to invest $492 million in its Ontario manufacturing plants over the next three years to modernize is operations.

BorgWarner acquires Delphi in US$3.3B automotive deal

Automotive supplier BorgWarner Inc. has acquired Delphi Technologies in an all-stock transaction that values U.K.-based Delphi at approximately US$3.3 billion.

Canada embraces robo-car boom

Canada is emerging as a key player in the development of autonomous vehicle systems.

Rohm, ATS roadshow comes to Canada

Rohm and ATS Sytems formed a partnership earlier this year and launched the new business arrangement with a North American tour of Driving Innovation-A Mobile Technology Centre, a demonstration showroom housed in a 16 m (53 ft) tractor trailer, featuring workholding, automation and machine tool accessories. The ATS roadshow hit Ontario in early April.

General Dynamics sets up remotely piloted aircraft CoE in Québec

Laflamme Aero's LX300 tandem rotor RPAS platform

General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has announced a new Centre of Excellence in Sherbrooke, Québec, for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) technologies.

Substantial rebound on the way, says OECD

The Canadian economy will rebound strongly and grow by 6.1 per cent in 2021 and 3.8 per cent in 2022, according to the latest report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Bank of Canada holds key rate, downgrades economic forecast

The Bank of Canada, citing the sharp drop in oil prices and consequent softness in the economy, is holding its benchmark interest rate steady at 1.75 per cent.

Training for Canadian manufacturers

by Tim Wilson

A report released at the end of last year by PwC found that Canadian manufacturers want to hire but are unable find the right people.

Ontario vs. Michigan: How to catch up

A new study from The Fraser Institute says Ontario’s manufacturing sector could take a growth lesson from its close U.S. neighbour Michigan.

FABTECH 2018: Embracing Technology

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Five-axis machining event

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Automotive drives strong robotic sales

The North American robotics market has recorded its strongest year ever in 2012, according to new statistics from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.

OMAX waterjet finalist in "Oscars of Invention" awards

OMAX's MicroMax JetMachining Center is a finalist in the R&D Magazine 100 Awards. The company's abrasive waterjet machine is nominated in the field of mechanical/materials.

Economic news brightens for Canada

A rising Canadian dollar and a new report by the Conference Board of Canada are the most recent indicators that Canada's economy is turning around, albeit slowly.

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