Canadian manufacturers confident about 2012
Manufacturing sales up again in December, nearing pre-recession levels
Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 0.6 percent to $49.9 billion in December, the fifth increase in six months. The agency says manufacturing now has rebounded close to the $50.2 billion recorded in October 2008, when the economic downturn began. Learn more.
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Canadian manufacturers kick-start 2012 with confidence and plans for capital investment
More than half of Canadian manufacturers surveyed in PwC's fourth-quarter 2011 manufacturing barometer study feel optimistic about the prospects for the Canadian economy over the next 12 months. Get the details from the PwC report.
Automotive part manufacturer fined following assembly line accident
Gates Canada Inc., an Alberta automotive part manufacturer, was fined $55,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured when clearing pallets that had jammed on an assembly line. Get the details.
U.S. manufacturing output jumped last month on big gains in production of autos, machinery
U.S. factories boosted output last month, and December ended up being their best month of growth in five years. Learn more.
Eaton opens satellite office in Saskatchewan
Eaton's electrical sector (Canada) has opened a new regional quick-ship manufacturing satellite operation in Saskatoon, Sask. The new operation will begin production starting in April 2012, and will manufacture multiple product lines to support the needs of the Saskatchewan marketplace. Learn more.
Bosch Rexroth Canada names new head of marketing
David Lopes has been named national marketing manager for Bosch Rexroth Canada. Meet the new addition.
Champion racecar driver Andrew Comrie-Picard to kick off first-ever Fabtech Canada event
TV personality and champion racecar driver Andrew Comrie-Picard is coming to Toronto to deliver the keynote address at the first-ever Fabtech Canada event, to be held March 20-22 at the Toronto Congress Centre, where he will inspire attendees to stay in touch with the "human side" of engineering as they search for ways to re-invent or re-style their businesses in the face of challenging times. Learn more.
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|January/February 2012 Digital Edition
Helping hands: Learn how to attract the next generation of skilled workers
Automation Education and Training Guide: Our 13th annual directory of automation-specific education and training courses offered at colleges and universities across Canada
Top 5 in 2012: The top technologies you should have on your plant floor in 2012
Tooling tips: Six steps for re-tooling success
March/April 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup
Cover story: Green manufacturing
Calstone is a Canadian, family-owned business that creates and manufactures metal furniture products. The Scarborough, Ont.-based company prides itself on being green. We go inside Calstone's plant to learn about their many environmental initiatives, including their remanufacturing program, and talk to the company president about his goal of building a company that is both sustainable and successful.
Feature: Energy management
Feature: Plant simulation
To improve its position in the global energy market, Siemens Energy Power Transmission decided to increase its manufacturing capacity by building an entirely new conduit manufacturing plant. We take a look at how plant simulation allowed the company to lower costs and eliminate bottlenecks — all before the plant was constructed.
Plus: The latest news and trends, as well as electronic components, HMIs, machine vision and inspection technologies, sensor products, enclosures and workstations, programmable control products and RFID technologies.