• Paint line project cuts energy costs

    October 8, 2009 by James Stone

    Energy efficiency in the automotive industry extends beyond making cars that will travel farther on a tank of gas. Central Motor Wheel of America Inc. (CMWA), a manufacturer of steel and aluminum wheels for the automotive industry, focused on its

  • Polyscope Polymers to fill global SMA gap

    October 8, 2009 by PLANT STAFF

    A view of Polyscope Polymer’s plant in Galeen. Photo: Polyscope Although styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) resin producer Nova Chemicals is discontinuing production of this stiff and versatile thermoplastic widely used in automotive components and other items, a Dutch company intends

  • Sustainable cost control and reduction

    October 8, 2009 by Mark Walters and Calum Semple

    Canada’s automotive industry is in the midst of a major change. The economic downturn, legacy costs and a rapid decline in sales has pushed many parts suppliers and manufacturers to reduce costs. Companies are looking to adapt to the ever-changing

  • Scientists urge pursuit of carbon sequestration

    September 22, 2009 by PLANT STAFF

    A simplified overview of the geo-sequestration process. Photo: CO2CRC REYKJAVIK, ICELAND: Scientists are urging government leaders heading to Copenhagen for climate talks later this year to pursue carbon capture and sequestration (technology that harnesses emissions and pumps them deep into

  • Bison bonanza for Carmen Creek

    September 20, 2009 by Corinne Lynds, Senior Editor

    Pieter Spinder, Dean Andres and Kelly Long are the three co-founders of Carmen Creek Gourmet Meats. Photo: Carmen Creek Gourmet Meats Growing a business is challenging at the best of times, but during a recession? Unlikely for many, but not

  • Coal: no longer a four-letter word

    September 20, 2009 by Kim Laudrum

    A Siemens expert investigates the exact composition of synthesis gas.Photo: Siemens. Alberta’s Capital Power Corp. and partner Enbridge Inc. plan to build a 270-megawatt energy facility using clean-coal technology with carbon capture and storage, making it one of the first

  • News General

    TMT: Keeping an eye on the universe

    September 20, 2009 by Corinne Lynds, Senior Editor

    Astronomers will soon have a powerful new instrument to help them unlock the mysteries of the universe. The world’s largest telescope—roughly the same size as a hockey arena, 22 storeys high and weighing in at 2,000 tons—will be built in

  • Turning sewage into a growth industry

    September 20, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky

    Canadians produce about 3-trillion litres of raw sewage per year coming from households, industry, commercial establishments and institutions. This wastewater is brimming with human and organic waste, biosolids, nutrients, pathogens and chemicals, all of which flows to city or regional

  • Editorial: Innovate your way through the recovery

    September 20, 2009 by Joe Terrett

    There are hopeful signs the recession is winding down, so it’s time for western manufacturers and suppliers to prepare for action. The Bank of Canada is optimistically projecting 3% growth next year, and a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey shows Alberta businesses are

  • Karma makes a sweet $5.5M investment

    September 16, 2009 by Joe Terrett

    There’s good karma at the old candy plant on Emerald St. North in Hamilton, which has been producing treats for Canadian families since 1931. It’s an ancient three-floor 272,000-square-foot building in an old neighbourhood amidst working class homes and its

  • Bosch Rexroth invests $1.5M in the recovery

    September 16, 2009 by Corinne Lynds

    The economic outlook might be gloomy, but Bosch Rexroth Canada is looking ahead to better days with a $1.5-million investment in a new machining centre at its hydraulic systems plant in Welland, Ont. “The market is definitely going to be

  • Biodegradable PET joins the green stream

    September 16, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky

    Degradable plastics have worked nicely in certain applications (such as agricultural mulch films, medical sutures and compostable bags) that correspond with municipal composting operations. Yet the global media spotlight is on the amount of plastic ending up in landfills, rivers

  • Green Manufacturing: Defining sustainability

    September 16, 2009 by Brett Wills

    As green gains momentum in the business world, manufacturers best positioned to realize the greatest benefits will be those with a solid understanding of what sustainability means. But as the frog says, it’s not easy being green—it means different things

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    New insolvency reforms will impact your business

    September 16, 2009 by Christopher Porter

    Many manufacturers may not feel the long-anticipated amendments to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) and the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA)—which come into force on Sept.18—are a cause for excitement. While the amendments provide owners of financially stressed businesses

  • THINK LEAN: What are your plant’s talking floors telling you?

    September 16, 2009 by Richard Kunst

    We’re always looking for “Talking Floors.” They should be speaking to you about what the stuff is, where it should be located and in what quantity. Are the aisles clear and uncluttered or have you designed an obstacle course? Space