Medicom to open new Montreal subsidiary to produce raw material for PPE
The manufacturing subsidiary, which is receiving federal government funding, is part of a strategy to provide Canada with domestic production of this meltblown polypropylene filter.
Insulated panels for COVID-19 vaccine storage facilities made with BASF material
A Malaysian insulated panel, commercial and industrial refrigeration systems producer now manufactures COVID-19 vaccine logistics facilities made with Elastopir PH 1132/509/0, a polyurethane rigid foam insulation solution.
SPE introduces new COVID-19 category for Auto Innovation Awards
The award will highlight how automotive OEMs and suppliers adapted their processes, materials, or business to support international needs for battling COVID-19.
Ontario medical device maker develops new PPE solution
The Canadian Shield’s Vizor eye shield is made of 100 per cent recyclable plastic that attaches to face masks.
Ontario ramping up COVID-19 inspections in manufacturing workplaces
About 100 provincial offences officers will visit 1,500 workplaces in Toronto, Hamilton, and regions of Durham, Halton, Peel, and York between May 10 and May 28.
Ontario investing $690,000 in the manufacturing sector
The training program is led by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, and the online courses will be offered at no cost to the employee.
Q1 2021 robot orders surge 20 per cent over 2020, association says
The strong Q1 for robot orders was the second-best start to any year on record, the A3 association said, and the second-best quarter on record for non-automotive orders.
Arburg cancels Technology Days for 2021
The annual event, which was also cancelled last year, was scheduled for June 7-12 at Arburg’s headquarters in Lossburg, Germany.
Jabil opens medical manufacturing plant in the Dominican Republic
The new healthcare manufacturing facility will produce a variety of precision medical products, including COVID-19 test kits.
North American manufacturing rebounding from a challenging 2020, survey shows
Twenty-five per cent of the plastics processors and moldmakers surveyed broke even or lost money in 2020.
Canadian PPE makers form association to advance medical mask manufacturing standards
Called the Canadian Association of Medical Mask Manufacturers, the organization was founded by Breathe Medical Manufacturing and The Canadian Shield.
European plastics industry faces extreme raw materials shortages, price increases, association says
The situation threatens the economic survival of numerous SMEs and endangers the production of a wide range of products, the European Plastics Converters group says.
Ontario chemical maker Dimachem to produce Pine-Sol for use against COVID-19
With funding from the Ontario government, the Windsor-based firm plans to manufacture about 12 million bottles of the multi-surface disinfectant per year.
GM Canada completes federal order for 10 million face masks
Since the start of production in May 2020, the team at Oshawa Operations produced approximately one million masks a month to help protect front-line workers and other Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ontario launching workplace inspection campaigns in COVID-19 hotspots
The inspections will begin with warehouses, food processors, and manufacturers in Peel and Halton Regions.
1 in 3 remote workers may quit if required to return to office full time, survey finds
More than half of all employees surveyed said they prefer a hybrid work arrangement, where they can divide time between the office and another location.
Canada’s small businesses want rapid testing, not lockdowns: CFIB
A recent survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business found that two-thirds of small businesses would consider using COVID-19 rapid tests to remain open.
Governments investing in new vaccine manufacturing plant in Toronto
The new facility is intended to meet growing demand for flu vaccines, boost Canada’s preparedness for future pandemics, and will create 300 jobs.
Industry associations praise manufacturing sector support in new Ontario budget
Among other things, the budget offers a second round of grants – ranging between $10,000 and $20,000 – to small businesses hit hard by the pandemic, and has set aside $1.7 billion for the program.
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Canadian firm launches medical mask manufacturing automation and vision systems
The Canadian Shield, headquartered in Waterloo, Ont., has partnered with local automation companies to design and manufacture proprietary medical mask production cells and vision systems.
CME asks government for more funding to help women in manufacturing
The Ottawa-based association is calling for extra funding for its Women in Manufacturing program, tax incentives to help employers to create childcare options, and additional money to help retrain women for jobs in manufacturing.
Canadian manufacturing growth picked up in February, report says
An improving domestic demand picture, greater purchasing activity, and a sustained period of employment suggests firms expect greater output in the months ahead, the report from IHS Markit said.
“Plastimagen Light” rescheduled as a virtual event only
Originally planned as a hybrid exhibition from March 9-11, Mexico’s largest plastics trade fair will now be held in digital format only from March 22-26.
Ontario opens business applications for $115 million skills development fund
The fund will support projects that will help relieve pandemic-induced barriers to hiring, training, and retaining workers.
Applications now open for Ontario’s new Skills Development Fund
The $115-million fund, which will support workers and apprentices, is designed to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19.
Ongoing border restrictions are costing manufacturers millions, survey reveals
The survey conducted by several industry associations indicates more than two-thirds of respondents have lost business amounting to tens of millions of dollars due to issues at the Canada-U.S. border.
New transparent PVC film capable of inactivating coronavirus
Developed by Braskem and AlpFilm, the film can inactivate 79.9% of the new coronavirus in three minutes and 99.99% in up to 15 minutes.
Arburg announces extended Technology Days event in June
The in-person show is set to run from June 7-12 at the company’s headquarters in Lossburg, Germany, and is being described as “Covid-secure”.
Manufacturing sales down in November, wholesale sales up, StatCan says
Manufacturing sales fell in November for the first time in three months, and sales were down in 5 of 21 industries, driven mainly by the aerospace product and parts, motor vehicle, and motor vehicle parts industries.
Quebec threatens construction, manufacturing sectors with more COVID-19 restrictions
Quebec’s labour minister is threatening on to impose more restrictions on the province’s construction and manufacturing sectors for allegedly flouting health orders.
Ontario manufacturers to receive more testing, inspections as stay-at-home order begins
The province will provide up to 300,000 COVID-19 tests per week to support manufacturing, warehousing, supply chain, and food processing.