• Exporting: Research drives global marketing

    June 1, 2010 by Mark Drake

    Mark Drake Less than thorough research has been described as walking a tightrope without a net! Selecting target markets from the world’s 195 countries requires a diligent approach to preliminary research. Many countries can be ruled out immediately, and by

  • Global auto industry back in the black: Scotia Economics

    May 31, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Largest automakers post $5.5 billion in profits during the first quarter of 2010. Photo: Ford TORONTO: Global automotive sales were back in the black in the first quarter thanks to strong sales gains, especially in North America where the five

  • Energy producers encouraged by new royalty rates

    May 28, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Suncor natural gas plant in Alberta. Photo: Suncor Energy CALGARY: Alberta’s rejigging of oil and natural gas royalty rates gets a generally positive nod from the Canada’s natural gas and crude oil producers. Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) president

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    Postscript: Why BC and Ontario need the HST

    May 28, 2010 by Roslyn Kunin

    Roslyn Kunin On July 1, the cost of becoming more productive and competitive in BC and Ontario will fall significantly as the harmonized sales tax (HST) replaces the provincial sales tax (PST). The PST directly adds to the cost of

  • Optimize your maintenance team

    May 27, 2010 by Richard Kunst

    Organize your maintenance team by applying 5S+1. Photo: iStockphoto Okay, I probably shouldn’t generalize, but I am convinced many organizations aren’t optimizing their maintenance groups. When I visit most companies the plant tour normally bypasses the maintenance shop, likely because

  • Tech Tip: testing DC armatures

    May 27, 2010 by

    DC armatures are the most time-consuming components to test, but they are also the easiest.

  • Powering up for solar

    May 27, 2010 by Joe Terrett

    The SUNERGY inverter connects solar cells to the power grid for increased efficiency. PHOTO: Sustainable Energy Climate change is hot right now—pardon the word play—creating opportunities for innovative companies ready to tackle a growing global market for cleaner energy technologies.

  • Quick change for packaging machinery

    May 27, 2010 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    Edson president Robert Hattin (left) and operations manager Bob Krouse with Edson‘s new SR 3600 large arc and tray packer handling paper towel rolls. Photo: Noelle Stapinsky In the packaging industry, reconfiguring case packing machines for new products could take

  • SR&ED: CRA accelerates innovation

    May 27, 2010 by Sandy Hale

    Sandy Hale Innovation is a cornerstone of the federal government’s plans to create economic growth in Canada. In fact, the March federal budget trumpets innovation as one of the key ways the government intends to “strengthen our capacity for world-leading

  • Don’t fear the loonie

    May 27, 2010 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    The gap has narrowed between the value of Canadian and US currencies, but manufacturers have more ways to hedge against fluctuations. Photo: iStockphoto Canadian manufacturers have declared the high Canadian dollar to be a national emergency. Although it may be

  • Sounding off on vehicle acoustics

    May 27, 2010 by Colin Novak

    Sound quality is important when assessing the quality of a vehicle. Photo: iStockphoto Automotive manufacturers have made great efforts to improve the performance and reliability of cars over the past 20 years and as a result, consumers are more aware

  • ACEing innovation at UOIT

    May 27, 2010 by

    Large dynamometer inside the climatic wind tunnel. Photo: UOIT Automotive companies, reusable energy developers and others will soon have access to a state-of-the-art research, development and innovation centre at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa. The

  • Automakers are lightening up

    May 27, 2010 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    Steel makers are focused on developing a third generation of advanced high-strength steel. Photo: iStockphoto As automakers focus more on light-weighting vehicles, there has been some debate over which is better: alloys such as aluminum and magnesium or advanced high-strength

  • Manufacturers focusing on projects rather than long runs

    May 27, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    WATERLOO, Ont.: North American manufacturing is undergoing dramatic change as companies focus more on short-run customized projects than long production runs or on identical products, according to a new study of US manufacturers. The IFS North America’s Project Management Technology

  • Ford fined for two forklift fatalities

    May 27, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    OAKVILLE, Ont.: Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. has been fined $850,000 for safety violations at two of its Ontario plants that resulted in two deaths. Ford pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to take all reasonable precautions in