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The federal government has announced funding for two Lower Mainland companies as part of its Steel and Aluminum Initiative.

Menzies Metal Products will receive $663,921 to purchase to purchase two pieces of equipment, install a resource system, and adopt lean management practices. Reliable Tube Inc. will receive $1 million to upgrade its manufacturing capacity with a tube laser-cutting machine.

Delivered by regional development agencies, the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) Steel and Aluminum Initiative provides SME steel and aluminum manufacturers and users with non-repayable contributions for projects to enhance productivity, increase competitiveness by adopting new innovative technologies, and create more highly skilled jobs. In Western Canada, this funding is delivered through Western Economic Diversification Canada.

FABTECH 2019: Taking smart manufacturing to the next level

FABTECH 2019

From virtual reality glasses that place you inside a machine to examine it in detail to purchasing a press brake directly on the Internet, FABTECH 2019 in Chicago, IL, took attendees on a journey into the future of metal fabricating and welding. 

Newly merged Dormer Pramet launches website

The newly merged Dormer Pramet has launhced a new corporate website to bring both companies and their respective technologies together in one location under one corporate identity.

Newfoundland and Labrador welding group holds inaugural event

The Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of the Canadian Welding Association held its inaugural event in late November with close to 70 people in attendance.

BLM Group announces new sales manager for Eastern Canada

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Canada cringes at Biden's Made in America initiative

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Ontario investment supports specialty steel producer to expand offerings

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Canadian auto suppliers get opportunity at Magna

Canadian automotive suppliers will have an opportunity to present their capabilities to Magna International on June 24 during the Canadian Innovation Fair at Magna's Troy, MI, facility.

Interested suppliers were asked to submit their applications earlier in June and were contacted by APMA if they had been selected.

The Consulate General of Canada in partnership with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) are being given an opportunity to showcase Canadian automotive capabilities at Magna's US facility. Canadian suppliers who apply for the opportunity, will be given the chance to meet with the company's purchasing and engineering managers.

Magna says it's interested in learning about new products, processes, materials or other innovations in the following areas: connected car (e.g. software, advanced camera vision); powertrain (e.g. alternate propulsion technologies); lightweighting (e.g. laser welded blanks, joining technologies); interior and seating systems; testing/production/material handling; and safety systems.

For more information, visit APMA online.

Lockheed Martin invests $10 M in Montreal supplier

Canada's aerospace and defence sectors are important contributors to the Canadiane economy and the Federal government has invested tens of millions of dollars in businesses working in these sectors to help spur growth and create jobs. As part of the spinoff activity from these investments via the government's Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, Lockheed Martin's is investing $10 million in Mannarino Systems and Software.

Randy Bossie to head Sandvik Coromant in Canada

Randy Bossie has been appointed general manager Canada for Sandvik Coromant, Mississauga, ON.

Canadian drone delivery company names first commercial customer

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC), a newly launched Canadian company that delivers goods by aerial drone, has announced its first commercial client.

Trade gap hits 17-month low

Canada’s trade gap narrowed in June to its lowest level in 17 months.

Canadian machine tool distributor gets additive machine line

Specialty grinding machinery and equipment distributor Machine Tool Systems, Toronto, ON, is getting into the additive manufacturing business with the EOS line of machines for metals and plastics. The distributor will represent EOS in Ontario and Quebec.

Manufacturing leads economic growth: StatsCan

Statistics Canada figures show the economy grew 0.2 per cent in July, led by the manufacturing sector.

Kitagawa NorthTech acquires Tecnaras product lines

Workholding products manufacturer Kitagawa NorthTech has acquired two core product lines from tooling distributor Tecnara Tooling Systems.

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