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Bombardier furloughs 12,400 workers, halts plane and rail production in Canada

Bombardier Inc. is temporarily halting production at its Canadian plants, sending 12,400 employees on unpaid leave as the plane maker suspends its 2020 financial forecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feds call on suppliers for help with products to combat COVID-19

The federal government is asking suppliers with extra stock to provide a number of products to combat COVID-19.

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. » Read full article

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 full article

Ontario government publishes list of essential workplaces allowed to operate

What’s an essential business versus a non-essential business? See the full list. » Read full article

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. » Read full article

Can your respirator program accommodate physical changes?

To work effectively, most respirators require an airtight seal between the respirator and the user’s face and/or neck. » Read full article
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Custom rules: ‘Canadian Welder Girl’ Alicia Butty talks trades

Butty recently spoke to us about her experiences as a young female welder – and how automation is a good thing for welding. » More info

Proax Technologies acquires Ontario automation distributor

Proax Technologies has acquired Systematic Fluid Power Ltd. (SFP), a Kitchener, Ontario–based technical distributor of automation and motion control products. » More info

Feds pledge over $5.2M for technology assessments in manufacturing SMEs

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is receiving over $5.2 million from the federal government to help manufacturers in southern Ontario to increase their productivity. » More info