Prime Minister Stephen Harper at Honda's Alliston, ON, facility, says the annoucement is "significant" for the country's auto and advanced manufacturing  Image: Prime Minister of Canada | Stephen Harper pm.gc.caClick image to enlargeby Tim Wilson

In a coup for the Canadian automotive manufacturing industry, Honda Canada’s manufacturing facility in Alliston, ON, will produce the next generation CR-V model destined for the European Union market. This will be the first time Honda Canada will export vehicles to Europe.

The decision to manufacture the vehicles in Canada is a result, in part, of the Canada-EU Trade Agreement. Honda Canada is in the midst of upgrading its Alliston facility to produce the new CR-V models.

During a visit to Honda’s Alliston facility on March 30, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the announcement is “significant for Canada’s automotive and advanced manufacturing industry. Our Government has worked hard to open new markets for Canadian companies and we are pleased that Canadian vehicle manufacturers like Honda are already preparing to take full advantage of the many benefits that the Canada-EU Trade Agreement will generate.”

Under the Canada-EU Trade Agreement, the EU will eliminate the 10 per cent tariff on passenger vehicles providing Canada’s auto makers with a competitive advantage in the EU market. And when the Agreement is in force, the EU will also eliminate tarrifs on auto parts, which run as high as 4.5 per cent.

In 2014, Honda Canada ranked as the fourth largest automotive manufacturer in the country. Since 1986, it has invested more than $3.9 billion in Canada, and each year, it sources close to $2.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. It employs directly and indirectly more than 19,000 Canadians, including more than 4,000 in Alliston.

Kaiser, BIG Daishowa strengthen alliance

Kaiser Precision Tooling, based in Rumlang, Switzerland, has agreed to become a company of the BIG Daishowa group.

Going places: Aerospace Manufacturing

by Andrew Brooks

Opportunities in Canada’s aerospace market

Auto parts group, mould makers collaboration

The Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) and the Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM) have joined in a collaborative relationship in which they will share common industry initiatives.

US machine shop breaks Hurco machine purchase record

A US machine shop has broken the Hurco USA record for the largest single purhase of Hurco CNC machines in the company's history, recently purchasing two five axis mills and three trunnion style five axis mills, bringing the number of Hurco machines in the shop to 21.

Manufacturing at Work

For job shops across Canada, staying competitive is essential to their survival.

Mazak expands hybrid multi-tasking technology with acquisition

Mazak Corp. has acquired MegaStir, a supplier of friction stir welding (FSW) tools and technology, expanding Mazks Hybrid multi-tasking machine technology offerings.

IMTS 2016: Collaboration meets digital innovation

In a world where technological changes are occurring at a dizzying rate, no company can be an expert in every area. Partnering with companies with expertise in different technology areas is the best way for suppliers to provide manufacturers with comprehensive solutions for customers. This collaborative approach was clearly evident at IMTS 2016.

The right attachments

by Mary Scianna

imagae by Klint Burton

Western Canadian machinery attachment OEM invests in technology for growth

Press brake for large and small jobs

Scotchman Industries new PressPro hydraulic presses are industrial-grade machines ideal for fabrication, bending and forming, straightening, assembly, maintenance operations, testing and quality control. 

Rising fortunes

Innovation investments paying off for Canadian die and mould shops

by Tim Wilson

Die and mould shops in Canada are going through changes related to macroeconomic realities and technological advancements.

Metal Supermarkets launches start of 7th “Metal My Way”

Metal Supermarkets, in partnership with sponsors OMAX Abrasive Waterjets and Cosen Saws, are kicking off the 7th annual "Metal My Way" contest, which gives individuals in the welding and fabricating community an opportunity to show off their metal creations.

Five on the Side

by Kip Hanson

Considering a five axis machining centre? The choice between horizontal and vertical isn’t as clear cut as it once was

First graduates from program help to fill skilled trades gap

In April, 20 youth graduated from the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association's 32-week introductory Trades Training program for tool, die, mould and machining skills.

TRUMPF bolsters its metal additive business

TRUMPF is in advanced talks to fully acquire its TRUMPF SISMA S.R.L. additive manufacturing joint venture from partner SISMA S.p.A.

Robert Cattle new head for tooling, machining group

Robert Cattle has been named executive director for the Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA). He succeeds Les Payne, who has served as a volunteer director, president (2002-2004) and executive director for the past 30 years.

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn