Safety in a tight economy
Canada creates 59,000 jobs in November, but loses manufacturing jobs
Canada's economy generated a surprisingly strong 59,300 new jobs last month, almost all full time and in the private sector, Statistics Canada said Friday. But the numbers for the manufacturing sector weren't quite so rosy. Read the report.
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U.S. factory orders rose 0.8% in October
Orders to U.S. factories rose modestly in October, helped by a big gain in demand for equipment that reflects business investment plans. Get the details.
Automation expenditures to grow in food and beverage industry
Automation expenditures in the food and beverage industry are expected to reach $7 billion by 2016, according to new research from ARC Advisory Group. Read the report.
Manufacturing conditions marginally improve in November: RBC
The RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index signalled that Canada's manufacturing sector grew only marginally in November, the weakest rate of growth since late 2010. Learn more.
China's manufacturing grows in November in latest sign of possible economic recovery
China's manufacturing grew in November in the latest sign the world's second-largest economy is recovering from its deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis. Find out more.
CIBC report warns that mismatch in job market affecting economic growth
A new CIBC report suggests Canada's economic prosperity is at risk due to a labour market split that sees high-demand positions go unfilled while lower-skilled workers languish in unemployment. Get the details.
Energy efficient bearings prove their worth at textile plant
Leuwitex was confronted with a government-enforced increase in electricity costs. For a company with 300 textile weaving machines and 176 twisting machines consuming 2,120 megawatt-hour (MWh) hour per month in their Bandung factory, this represented a major increase in operating costs, and one that needed a speedy reaction in order to reduce the effect on the threat to bottom line profitability. Read more.
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Cover Story: Automation Education and Training
Moulding the future: The cost of education and training can be off-putting, and for some, it's almost out of reach. But that doesn't have to be the case. In this issue, we look at a unique new program in Windsor that allows young workers to earn while they learn – and it attracts new skilled workers at the same time. In addition, we'll look at a few other programs that are looking outside traditional areas to help manufacturers fill the skills gap.
Feature: Innovation through Automation
Cambridge, Ontario's Eclipse Automation had a problem most manufacturers would kill to have – rapid growth. But that growth didn't come without some pain, and the company knew it was time to re-evaluate its processes and procedures. Eclipse Automation underwent a massive streamlining initiative to ensure every process was automated, standardized and as efficient as possible. The company met that goal – in an astounding four months. In this issue, we'll find out how.