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An integrated design strategy can lead to more effective market penetration, said Luigi Ferrara, with George Brown College, presenting at the APMA-AUTO21 conference. The discussion took place as part of the AUTO21 Innovation Panel: Bringing Research to Market, and Ferrara discussed the process behind Magna's clek booster seat, released in 2006.
Manufacturers can reduce their energy costs by up to seven percent through a new program offered by the APMA.
Technology is growing at an ever-increasing pace, and collaboration is key to keeping up with this, Gerry Fedchun, president of the APMA, said while kicking off the APMA-AUTO 21 conference.
The new era of supplier relations will see suppliers' innovation and investment increasing - but only under the right conditions.
The automotive market can be expected to grow 34 percent between 2010 and 2016, but change will be slow and cautious, said Bill Pochiluk, president of AutomotiveCompassLLC, speaking at the APMA-AUTO21 conference's Automotive Insight Panel.
Product innovation and globalization are key to surviving the economic downturn, Woodbridge Group senior vice-president of marketing and global sales, Martin Mazza, told attendees during the lunch keynote address at the APMA-AUTO21 conference. Mazza stepped in at the last minute for the Honourable Michael Wilson, Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America, who was held up in Washington dealing with the current automotive crisis.
While the recession is not yet over, slow economic growth is not far off, said Kenrick Jordan, senior economist, BMO Capital Markets, during the APMA-AUTO21 conference in Hamilton, Ont.
The Linamar Corporation is facing the current economic challenges head on and is already seeing progress, the company's CEO, Linda Hasenfratz, told attendees during the APMA-AUTO21 conference in Hamilton, Ont.
OTTAWA, Ont. - After six months of plummeting orders and job losses, manufacturers and exporters are beginning to see some stability in their business operations, according to survey data from Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' April Business Conditions Survey.
OTTAWA, Ont. - Manufacturing sales decreased 2.7 percent to $41.4 billion in March, reversing February's gain, according to Statistics Canada's Monthly Survey of Manufacturing for March 2009. With this decrease, manufacturing sales have fallen almost 25 percent from their peak reached in July 2008. 
The 34th edition of PACKEX Toronto, which ended on May 7th, 2009, was "a huge success" – in spite of difficult economic times, both exhibitors and visitors communicated positive feedback with comments focusing on the quality of PACKEX Toronto as an essential show for the Canadian industry, the show said." ""Canada’s largest industrial trade show for the packaging, material handling and logistics industries, PACKEX Toronto welcomed over 354 exhibitors from Canada, the United States and overseas. This edition presented a wider selection of exhibits represented by 143 new companies. Furthermore, PACKEX Toronto was co-located for the first time ever with IPA Canada, the National Food Process Exhibition."PACKEX Toronto 2009 welcomed 7,034 attendees, showing a thriving 17-percent increase from the previous edition. The show has drawn visitors from major Canadian provinces including, Ontario, Quebec and Alberta" "The show presented for the first time in this 2009 edition, a new sector-based layout to give exhibitors an equal opportunity to connect with buyers. This layout featured material handling, packaging machinery & machinery components, materials, converting, pre-press & printing and food processing with IPA Canada. "Keeping industry professionals on top of new market challenges and trends "This edition’s conference program featured presentations with three main topics: Youth and Trends, Sustainability and" Safety, Security and Traceability.www.PACKEXtoronto.com
NORTH BAY, Ont. - Goodyear Canada's North Bay OTR Retread Plant will receive a $50,000 investment from the Province of Ontario through a provincial workforce skills upgrade initiative called Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (AIME). 
TORONTO, Ont. - Health and safety professionals gathered at the Machine Automation Safety Congress (MASC), part of Health and Safety Canada 2009, in Toronto last month to hear about the latest machine safety technologies that are saving limbs and lives. At the "Safety and Technology" panel discussion, Manufacturing AUTOMATION invited leading technology providers to offer insights into how modern tools are making machines safer.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - The downturn in the economy has not affected research and development activities at Phoenix Contact, said Frank Stuehrenberg, the company's senior vice-president of global sales. The developer and manufacturer of industrial electrical and electronic technology introduced 2,600 new products at Hannover Fair in Germany late last month - a record high for the company.
Calgary, Alta. - Careers in Manufacturing recently presented the Calgary Manufacturing Industry's Best Employer Awards to four Calgary businesses in recognition of their excellence in creating progressive, safe and innovative manufacturing environments.

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