OTTAWA, Ont. - It's not a signal that the recession is over, but more Canadian manufacturers and exporters are optimistic about business conditions over the next three months than they have been since the beginning of 2009, according to the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' March Business Conditions Survey.
BOSTON, Mass. - Economic concerns continue to weigh on many companies' innovation plans, according to the Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) sixth annual global survey and report on innovation, Innovation 2009: Making Hard Decisions in the Downturn.
OTTAWA, Ont. - Employment declined by 61,000 in March, pushing the unemployment rate up 0.3 percentage points to eight percent, the highest rate in seven years, according to Statistics Canada's March 2009 Labour Force Survey.
TORONTO, Ont. - Ontario is helping its manufacturing and industrial sectors use fewer toxic substances and move to greener, healthier alternatives, thanks to legislation introduced earlier this month.  
TORONTO, Ont. - The Ontario government's move to "harmonize" its sales tax system with the GST could be a step towards improving the productivity and competitiveness of Ontario's manufacturing sector, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) recently released Tax Memo.
OTTAWA, Ont. - Manufacturing sales decreased 5.4 percent to $41.7 billion in January, falling to the lowest level in almost 10 years, according to Statistics Canada's Monthly Survey of Manufacturing for January 2009.
By Mike EdwardsKITCHENER, Ont. - The 8th Annual Building Futures One Dream at a Time Fundraising Dinner & Silent Auction, presented by Skills Canada - Ontario, attracted a sold-out crowd in Kitchener, Ont., earlier this month.
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 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.
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