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Auto parts manufacturers receive over $175K to implement automation


Two auto parts manufacturers in Scarborough, Ontario are receiving more than $175,000 from the provincial government to help improve efficiency, productivity and build capacity.

The funding is part of the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP) and will be matched 1:1 by the recipient companies, Innotech Precision Inc. and Kobay Enstel Ltd.

Innotech Precision Inc. provides tooling, engineering and injection-molded components for the auto industry. The company is receiving $98,582 towards real-time automated monitoring systems, which includes vision and production data analytics technology.

The investment will improve manufacturing efficiency and support sales growth. The project is expected to lead to the creation of six new jobs while helping to retain 53 jobs at the company.

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Kobay Enstel Ltd. specializes in complex stampings, welded seating assemblies and tube fabrication. The company is receiving $78,410 towards custom computer software and hardware that will support real-time data gathering and analysis of the stamping press. Kobay Enstel says the investment will improve productivity and enhance competitiveness, leading to additional jobs at the company.

O-AMP is part of the government’s Driving Prosperity auto plan, which partners with small and medium-sized automotive parts suppliers to invest in projects that support technology adoption. These projects improve processes and/or support training in lean manufacturing to improve efficiency.

Funding from O-AMP covers up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs up to $100,000, with recipient companies contributing the remainder through their own resources.

The current intake for O-AMP applications is open until October 7, 2020.