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NGen funds nearly $17M for new plant to produce alternative proteins

The operations will employ industrial automation and robotics, IoT and deep learning/analytics to farm crickets.

GM announces temporary layoffs at CAMI plant amid worldwide chip shortage

General Motors said its CAMI plant in Ontario will be idle as a shortage of computer chips plagues the auto industry.

Survey: Ongoing border restrictions are costing manufacturers millions

Manufacturers are losing tens of millions of dollars in business due to closures at the Canada-U.S. border, says a new survey conducted by several industry associations.

Three reasons for manufacturing’s resilience during the pandemic

Even before the pandemic, there was a concerted effort by industry to secure their supply lines by reshoring to North America.
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Trillium Network publishes road map to improve gender diversity in manufacturing

Improving gender diversity in Ontario’s manufacturing sector is not just a moral imperative, but also an economic one, concludes a new report. » Read full article

Wood products manufacturer fined $65K after worker injured in machine

Following a guilty plea, a wood products manufacturer was fined for an incident involving a strapping machine at an Ontario mill. » Read full article

SME honours 20 women working in robotics and automation

The advanced manufacturing association has recognized 20 female leaders in robotics and automation around the world. » Read full article

Locus Robotics wins $150M in funding, boosts market valuation to $1B

The developer of autonomous mobile robots (AMR) for fulfillment warehouses is the first AMR vendor to hit this financial milestone. » Read full article

Robot software company OCTOPUZ acquired by ESAB

OCTOPUZ, a Waterloo, Ont.–based maker of robot programming software, has been acquired by ESAB Group Canada. » Read full article

Ont. manufacturers receive nearly $6.5M to implement new technologies

Six companies in southwestern Ontario are receiving federal funding to implement new automated equipment or rebuild facilities. » Read full article

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