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BOSTON, Mass. - The worldwide market for production machinery automation, including AC drives, PLCs, motion control products, computer numerical controls and machine safeguarding products, is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 3.4 percent over the next five years. The market was $18 billion US in 2008, and is forecasted to be over $21.2 billion US by 2013, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study, Production Machinery Automation Worldwide Outlook.
OTTAWA, Ont. - Elementary school students from Ecole elementaire catholique Arc-en-ciel in Ottawa won first place in this year's NRC Engineering Challenge, beating out more than 70 classes from Eastern Ontario.
Factory automation safety networks are emerging as the next competitive battleground in the automation network wars, fueling growth in the worldwide market for safety products. A new study from the ARC Advisory Group indicates that factory automation safety networks will grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 39.3 percent over the next five years.
Despite the drop in demand in the automotive industry, the APMA has been working hard to prove auto parts manufacturers are still viable. Gerry Fedchun, president of the APMA, chatted with Manufacturing AUTOMATION to discuss economics, the industry outlook and his hopes for the APMA-AUTO21 conference.
The unstable automotive industry and business cycle are far from damaging research efforts. In fact, they may be encouraging them. Manufacturing AUTOMATION sat down with AUTO21's CEO and scientific director, Peter Frise, to discuss the industry outlook and upcoming innovations. Click here to read more.
OTTAWA, Ont. - The massive job losses in the manufacturing sector recorded in January reinforce the severity of the economic crisis engulfing Canada's largest business sector and the need for immediate action, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
TORONTO, Ont. - Last year's Health and Safety Canada conference featured the launch of the first-ever Machine Automation Safety Congress (MASC), a joint initiative by Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine, Manufacturing AUTOMATION magazine, and new online resource SaferMachines.com. This year's MASC 2009 pavilion will be even bigger and better, with a new centralized location.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - It's easy to assume that when the economy is in a recession, businesses will make major cutbacks in order to survive. However, according to ASQ's (American Society for Quality) latest Quarterly Quality Report, many manufacturing companies in the United States are not in the crisis mode one would expect.
OTTAWA, Ont. - The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, recently tabled the 2009 Federal Budget, which is intended to "stimulate economic growth, restore confidence and support Canadians and their families during a synchronized global recession," but the manufacturing industry isn't convinced.
OTTAWA, Ont. - Manufacturing sales decreased for a fourth consecutive month in November, according to Statistics Canada's Monthly Survey of Manufacturing. Sales fell 6.4 percent to $48.4 billion, the lowest level since December 2004.
OTTAWA, Ont. - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, recently announced the release of a comprehensive guide to energy efficiency for industry.
CALGARY, Alta. - ABB has signed an agreement to acquire Ber-Mac Electrical and Instrumentation Ltd. of Calgary, Alta., greatly expanding its presence and capabilities in the oil and gas sector. Ber-Mac specializes in industrial automation, electrical, instrumentation design, process optimization, panel fabrication and field services. ABB did not disclose the value of the transaction.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Fluke Electronics Canada recently named ELP Marketing Limited, ITM Instruments, Chess Electric and Optimum Energy Products Limited as authorized distributors for its line of power quality tools.
TORONTO, Ont. - Canadian employers expect a mild hiring climate for the January to March period of 2009, according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
AURORA, Ont. - Manufacturing Automation magazine now incorporates Advanced Manufacturing into its content, resulting in enhanced circulation and editorial coverage "from the shop floor to the top floor."

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