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A list of major manufacturing events affected so far due to coronavirus

As the COVID-19 pandemic rolls throughout the world, many manufacturing and automation events have been cancelled, postponed or modified in an effort to stem the spread.

Volkswagen to close Europe plants for two weeks

Volkswagen said Tuesday it would close most of its European plants for two weeks due to uncertainty about demand for cars and supplies of parts amid the virus outbreak and said it wasn’t possible to give a reliable outlook for this year’s profits.

China reports Jan, Feb economic activity worse than expected

China’s consumer spending and factory activity fell more than expected in January and February as it fought a virus outbreak, prompting some forecasters to warn this year’s economic growth might slump to its lowest level since the 1970s.

New Bombardier CEO faces financial juggling act as recession looms

Bombardier Inc.’s new CEO comes on board as the debt-laden plane-and-train maker faces a new future as a pure-play producer of business jets, a cyclical industry bracing for a potential economic storm.

StatCan: Manufacturing sales down 0.2% in January

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.2 per cent to $56.1 billion in January, and that it was the fifth consecutive monthly decline.

How will COVID-19 impact the manufacturing automation market?

This is the time for companies to take stock of their operations, from production through the supply chain, and think critically about how they may be better prepared in the future. Read Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s report below. » Read more

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Dorel says factories in China delayed by COVID-19, production delayed

Montreal-based Dorel Industries Inc. says its suppliers based in China delayed re-opening following the Chinese New Year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with production delayed by two weeks in most cases. » Read full article

US industrial production rises 0.6% in February

The economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak was not apparent in the February numbers. » Read full article

NGen partners with Springboard Atlantic on supercluster

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) is taking its Canadian Advanced Manufacturing (AM) Supercluster to Atlantic Canada thanks with the help of Springboard Atlantic. » Read full article

University of Waterloo appoints new dean of engineering

Mary Wells, a materials engineer, is known in the industry for her strategic leadership in building collaborative and strong relationships within a university setting and for her work in attracting, engaging and retaining women in the engineering industry. » Read full article

Pilz Canada now distributing products through WESCO

The company signed a partnership agreement with WESCO Distribution Canada in December 2019. » Read full article

Three-axis miniature gimbal mounts

OES (Optimal Engineering Systems) has introduced three new three-axis miniature gimbal mounts. » Read full article

Multi-conductor flexible control cable

AutomationDirect has released multi-conductor flexible control cable in 20 AWG unshielded models with three to 25 conductors including ground. » Read full article

Absolute magnetic linear encoders

Balluff has released a line of absolute magnetic linear encoders with Siemens Drive-Cliq interface that are designed to plug-and-play into Siemens motion controller environments. » Read full article

2020 ISA & IIoT Smart Manufacturing Conference

Location: Galveston, Tex.
Date: April 14, 2020
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Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show

Location: Montreal
Date: May 11-14, 2020
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2020 Industrial Control Systems Security Symposium

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: May 25-29, 2020
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Location: Ottawa, Ont.
Date: May 27-28, 2020
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PDTA Canadian Conference

Location: Niagara Falls, Ont.
Date: June 3-4, 2020
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Global Petroleum Show 2020

Location: Calgary, Alta
Date: June 9-11, 2020
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Fabtech Canada 2020

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: June 16-19, 2020
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Automatica 2020

Location: Munich, Ger.
Date: June 16-20, 2020
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Hannover Messe 2020 (new date)

Location: Hannover, Ger.
Date: July 17-21, 2020
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