Studies & Reports
July 9, 2019 – Despite dire predictions, history and demographics suggest that burgeoning technologies (including automation, artificial intelligence and robotization) will not lead to substantial job losses, finds a new essay series released by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
July 8, 2019 – Canada has seen a sharp decline in production volumes over the past three months, according to IHS Markit’s latest Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report.
July 5, 2019 – Medium-sized manufacturers in Canada are more likely to be further along in their digital transformation than other companies across the country but fall short on integrating cybersecurity and mobility applications, according to a new study conducted by TELUS Business and International Data Corporation (IDC).
July 2, 2019 – U.S. factory activity grew at a slower pace in June for the third straight month as measures of new orders and inventories fell.
June 26, 2019 – Industrial robots and automation could displace about 20 million manufacturing jobs around the world by 2030, according to a new report by Oxford Economics – but new jobs for humans will open up at nearly the same rate as they are destructed.
June 26, 2019 – The global motion control and motor market saw a 0.2 per cent decline in shipments in the first quarter of 2019 versus the same period last year – down to $952.3 million, according to the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA).
June 24, 2019 – First-quarter sales of machine vision components and systems that provide vision intelligence to robots and other machines declined 4.5 per cent in North America over the same period last year according to the AIA, a trade group that's part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3).
June 18, 2019 – Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.6 percent to $57.8 billion in April as sales in the in the transportation equipment and primary metal industries declined.
June 17, 2019 – Robot orders in North America declined slightly in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), an organization of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3).
June 14, 2019 – U.S. industrial production improved in May, but manufacturers showed weakness despite eking out a slight gain.
May 16, 2019 – Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales increased 2.1 per cent to $58.0 billion in March, boosted by the transportation equipment, petroleum and coal product, and primary metal industries.
April 16, 2019 – U.S. industrial production fell in March, pulled down by a drop in mining output. Factory output remained weak amid a slowing global economy and trade tensions with China.
April 16, 2019 – Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.2 per cent in February to $56.6 billion, hurt by a retreat in the motor vehicle assembly and wood products industries.
April 15, 2019 – The struggle among manufacturers to fill open jobs is likely to continue because of the shrinking labour pool and growing need for workers with high-tech skills.
April 11, 2019 – Using automation helps to strengthen cyber resilience and save money after a data breach – but most companies are still not using it in their cybersecurity plans, according to a new global study published by IBM Security. 
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