doug ford covid announcementClick image to enlargeAs the world licks its wounds and begins planning a return to work, the province of Ontario is looking at manufacturing to be its ace in the hole.

“I think when you look at manufacturing and machining, that’s going to play an absolutely critical role,” said Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s minister of economic development, job creation and trade. 

“We all want to see us building new things here in Ontario, and things we used to build that we let go overseas, we want it all back. We are going to lean heavily on the advanced manufacturing sector to lead us out of where we are and into the wider economy,” he said.

With political and public sentiment aligned in this regard, the real question is what can be done to encourage this manufacturing resurgence, and how can we use it to lead a recovery from the economic drubbing unleashed by COVID-19’s public health measures. 

According to Fedeli, it’s not as hard as it seems.

“Red tape and regulation reduction, that’s where we will truly assist the business community,” he says, adding that before the onset of a global pandemic, Ontario was well on its way to reducing the costs and complexities associated with operating here.

“When you think about, for instance, the life sciences sector and pharmaceuticals manufacturing here in Ontario, a lot of it shifted overseas and it was not because it’s a penny or two cheaper to make things in Asia, it was the cost of red tape and regulations that were hurting that business community.”

Fedeli says this regulatory buffet was a main driver in companies choosing to invest elsewhere, reducing Ontario’s share of foreign direct investment and the jobs and product mandates that come with it.

 

Get more information about this story and many others in the June 2020 issue of Shop Metalworking Technology magazine. 

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FABTECH 2013

North America's premier event for metal fabricating, forming and welding takes place in Chicago, IL November 18-21

North America's largest event for the metal fabricating and forming industry takes place November 18 to 21 at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.

The annual event attracts fabricators from across North America. This year, event organizers are expecting more than 35,000 attendees to visit the 1,500 exhibitors already registered for the event.

This year's events includes an expanded education program with more than 100 sessions, including 64 new courses that have not been offered at previous FABTECH events. New sessions include presentations on trends and advances in laser technology and new workshops about lean manufacturing, workforce development and press brake operation skills.

Special events include a welding competition, new product presentations, a reception for women in manufacturing and a "cocktails and comedy" event on Wednesday, November 20.

For event details and for registration, visit FABTECH online at www.fabtechexpo.com.

SHOW HOURS

Monday, November 18, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Tuesday, November 19, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Wednesday, November 20, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Thursday, November 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  •  State of the Industry: Executive Outlook

Open to all attendees, the event takes place Tuesday, November 19, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm at the FABTECH Theatre, Grand Concourse.

  • ·      Solutions for a Qualified Workforce Pipline

Open to all attendees, panel discussion takes place Wednesday, November 20 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm at the FABTECH Theatre, Grand Concourse.

  • ·      Robotic Arc Welding Contents

Robotic welding technicians compete on Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20 in the North Hall, Booth N2099.

  • ·      Cocktails and Comedy

Doors open at 5:00 pm at the FABTECH Theatre, Grand Concourse, on Wednesday, November 20.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: EDITOR'S PICKS

·      Precision Punch & Cutting Technology 8:00 am - 10:00 am Monday, November 18

·      Automation Solutions for Press Brakes with Tech Tour 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Monday, November 18

·      Welding Disimilar Metals conference 8:15 am - 2:30 pm, Monday, November 18

·      Introduction to Laser Cutting Best Practices 8:00 am - 10:00 am, Tuesday, November 19

·      New Developments in Waterjet Cutting 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, November 19

·      Inspecting and Troubleshooting Welded Tube 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Tuesday, November 19

·      Innovations in Plasma Cutting 8:00 am - 10:00 am Wednesday, November 20

·      Game Changing Technology to Increase Productivity 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Wednesday, November 20

·      High Energy Density Welding Processes 8:00 am - 11:00 am Wednesday, November 20

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