Industry Update

Trudeau responds to U.S. tariffs

June 3, 2018

The Trump administration’s June 1 imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum entering the U.S. from Canada and other G7 countries has led to tit-for-tat counter-tariffs from Canada, and left observers wondering if an all-out trade war is looming – or already underway.

Read more: Canada responds to U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs

Esben Østergaard

June 1, 2018

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) has named Esben Østergaard of Universal Robots the recipient of the Engelberger Robotics Award, known as the Nobel Prize of robotics.

Read more: Universal Robots co-founder and CTO receives Engelberger Robotics Award


June 1, 2018

The IHS Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for May reached the highest level in over seven years.

Read more: Manufacturing business conditions post best improvement since 2011

Nano drone with a "brain"

May 30, 2018

Engineers in Europe have built the world’s smallest autonomous rotor drone equipped with a neural network running on just 1/100th of a watt.

Read more: This tiny drone with a tiny brain is smart enough to fly itself

Magellan castings

May 23, 2018

Magellan Aerospace has signed a long term agreement with Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation, a UTC Aerospace Systems Company, to manufacture complex magnesium and aluminium castings for various military and commercial aerospace platforms. 

Read more: Magellan signs long-term agreement with Hamilton Sundstrand

Canadian manufacturing sales, March 2018

May 16, 2018

Statistics Canada’s Monthly Survey of Manufacturing for March 2018 shows that overall, Canadian manufacturing sales rose 1.4 per cent to $57.1 B for the period.

Read more: Manufacturing sales up in March

Magellan invests in satellite R&D

May 13, 2018

Magellan Aerospace is investing $625,000 to establish an Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in satellite development at the University of Manitoba.

Read more: Magellan invests in satellite R&D at University of Manitoba


May 13, 2018

The federal and Quebec governments have joined Alcoa Inc., Rio Tinto Group and Apple to bring a newly developed carbon-free aluminum smelting process to market.

Read more: Ottawa and Quebec back carbon-free aluminum smelting

Burloak Technologies

May 9, 2018

Ottawa has announced a commitment of $14 M in repayable funding to Burloak Technologies, an advanced manufacturing company based in Burlington, ON.

Read more: Ottawa, Ontario back additive manufacturing centre in Burlington


May 6, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a $110 million investment to support Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada's $1.4 B investment in its plants in Cambridge and Woodstock, ON.

Read more: Ottawa backs Toyota’s Ontario plant investment

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