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The Ontario government is contributing $1.5 million in support of an electric vehicle battery lab in Windsor.

The government funds support an $18.5 million investment by auto parts manufacturer Ventra to create the Flex-Ion Battery Innovation Centre.

“Our government is making targeted investments in local manufacturers to help them create good local jobs,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. "Investments like this one will help further develop Ontario’s EV battery supply chain and play a pivotal role in Phase 2 of our Driving Prosperity auto plan

Ventra Group, part of the Flex|N|Gate group of companies,  is building a pilot line to produce advanced lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and will conduct basic product and manufacturing technology research and development.

“The Flex-Ion Battery Innovation Centre marks a critical first milestone in our strategy to level up our next-generation battery design, material localization and manufacturing skills,” said Shahid Khan, Flex|N|Gate’s CEO, COO and President.

Ontario is investing more than $100 million through the Regional Development Program from 2019 to 2023 to support distinct regional priorities and challenges and boost the province’s economic recovery. The program provides cost-shared funding to businesses, municipalities and economic development organizations to help local communities attract investment, diversify their economies, and create good, local jobs.

In November, the government released Phase 2 of Driving Prosperity ― The Future of Ontario’s Automotive SectorThe next phase of the 10-year plan will help Ontario’s auto sector pivot to producing the automotive technologies of the future, including the next generation of electric vehicles and the electric batteries those vehicles need. Phase 2 positions Ontario as a North American leader in developing and building the vehicle of the future through emerging technologies and advanced manufacturing processes.

Auto drives increase in Canadian manufacturing sales

Canadian manufacturing sales climbed 1.7 per cent in July, surpassing market expectations for a 1.1 per cent increase, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada.

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.

Auto manufacturing spurs increase in manufacturing sales: StatsCan

Manufacturing sales increased in June, driven in larger part of automotive production, according to recent data from Statistics Canada. Sales in June were $59.2 billion, rising 2.1 per cent from the previous month.

Canada shuts door on cheap metal imports

One day after a phone meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump, Ottawa announced measures to prevent Canada being used as a back door for the import of cheap offshore steel imports destined for the US.

Canadian association launches additive manufacturing network

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has launched a new web site and resource for Canadian manufacturers for additive manufacturing.

Schunk opens CoLab workspace for customers, partners

Schunk has opened a new Collaborative Customer Workspace, or “CoLab,” at its facilities in Morrisville, NC.

New Canadian sales manager for MC Machinery

Chris Harris is the new Canadian Sales Manager for MC Machinery Systems Canada.

Mazak smart factory concept launches in Japan

Mazak's iSmart Factory concept is now part of the company's Oguchi, Japan plant. The plant now joins Mazak’s iSmart Factory in Florence, KY, as the first two in the company’s plan to eventually designate all ten of its manufacturing operations as Mazak iSmart Factories.

More women in leadership key to Canada’s economic growth

The pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women has broad implications that directly affect Canada’s recovery from the pandemic and future economic growth, according to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Burloak and Kinectrics team up on additive manufacturing for nuclear power

Burloak Technologies Inc. and Kinectrics are going to collaborate on developing additively manufactured parts for the global nuclear power generation industry.

Case Study: 3D printing important option for Aarkel

Larry Delaey, a Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA) director and president and CEO of AarKel Tool and Die Inc. and AarKel Tooling Group, has been preparing for the segue into electric vehicle tooling and production for some time.

$500,000 donation for high school welding programs

The CWA Foundation and the Marinucci Family Foundation plan to donate $500,000 to high school welding programs in Canada. Each secondary school will receive $5,000 annually over ten years. CWA made the annoucnement at the CanWeld Conference in St. John's, NL. At the same time, the CWA Foundation plans to establish a welding program at a secondary school in Newfoundland.

Nederman celebrates 30 years in Canada

Nederman employees recently gathered in Mississauga ON at Nederman Canada’s headquarters to celebrate the industrial air filtration company’s 30th anniversary operating in Canada.  

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.

Steven Baier to head sales for Haimer USA

Steven Baier has been named national sales manager for Haimer USA and will oversee sales in Canada and the US.

“Steven’s extensive experience in tool holding and machine tool accessory sales makes him an ideal fit for our organization, and we are thrilled to have him here at Haimer to help lead our sales team,” says Brendt Holden, president of Haimer USA. Baier was previously with Lyndex Nikken for 12 years, where he served as the midwest regional sales manager.

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