Federal funding will help Unifab to acquire, install and commission an automated processing system.Click image to enlarge

The federal government has announced an investment of more than $4.9 million to help ten BC steel and aluminum companies diversify products, improve productivity and reduce costs.

The funding is being supplied by Western Economic Diversification Canada under the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) Steel and Aluminum Initiative, which was set up in March 2019. Delivered by Canada's regional development agencies, the REGI funding provides targeted support to Canadian small and midsized businesses in the steel, aluminum and manufacturing sectors through non-repayable contributions for projects to enhance productivity, increase competitiveness by adopting new innovative technologies and create more highly skilled jobs.

Ottawa says the funding also contribute to creating around 97 jobs.

In 2018, Canada's steel and aluminum industry employed more than 33,500 and contributed $8.9 billion to Canada's GDP.

The funding is being supplied by Western Economic Diversification Canada under the REGI Steel and Aluminum InitiativeClick image to enlarge

Photo: Unifab Industries Ltd.

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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.

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