• Labour Relations: Time to improve retirement security

    May 27, 2010 by Ken Lewenza

    The financial crisis and the recession that followed highlighted a terrible shortcoming in conventional wisdom concerning pensions and retirement security: retirement security shouldn’t be left to the private sector. For years, registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) have been sold to

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    Open up trade with the EU

    May 27, 2010 by Joe Terrett

    Canada is negotiating a free trade deal with the European Union (EU), which is inciting the usual protectionist rhetoric about loss of sovereignty, industry, jobs and culture. These are the same concerns expressed during free trade and NAFTA negotiations in

  • CRFA says renewables fuel the economy

    May 27, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Canada produced 2.25 billion litres of renewable fuels annually. Photo: iStockPhoto OTTAWA: Biofuels are having a positive impact on the Canadian economy: about $2 billion worth, according to a Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) study. The third-party assessment of renewable

  • Total Economic Impact Assessment of Biofuels Plants in Canada

    May 27, 2010 by Doyletech Corp., for the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association

    This third-party assessment of renewable energy investments conducted by the Doyletech Corp. research firm analysed data from 28 ethanol and biodiesel plants across Canada and concluded that the annual positive economic impact of renewable fuels is $2.013 billion. Click here

  • W2 Energy Purchases Agri-Green Biodiesel

    May 25, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    TORONTO:  W2 Energy has signed a letter of intent to purchase 60% of biodiesel producer Agri-Green Biodiesel Inc. (AGB) in Sparwood, BC for 3,000,000 restricted shares. W2 Energy, a clean tech company based in Carson City Nev., designs mass-to-energy plants

  • Chemistry industry claims 87% emissions reductions

    May 25, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    OTTAWA: Chemistry Industry Association of Canada members have reduced their emissions by 87% since 1992, according to a new report released by the Ottawa-based association representing 50 chemical companies. Reducing Emissions 17 tracks the environmental performance of members’ chemical manufacturing

  • Pacific Ethanol looks at Lignol for carbon reductions

    May 25, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Processing equipment at Lignol’s pilot plant in Burnaby, BC. Photo: Lignol VANCOUVER: Lignol Energy Corp. is working with a US marketer and producer of ethanol to evaluate the potential benefits of integrating its cellulosic ethanol biorefinery technology with existing corn

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    West Fraser gets $15M for Hinton Pulp Mill project

    May 20, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    HINTON, Alta: West Fraser Timber is getting $15 million for credits earned under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) for its Pressure Diffusion Washer Project. The Vancouver-based forestry company said the installation of a pressure diffusion washer will

  • Time to get tough on violence

    May 20, 2010 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    Ontario manufacturers have only a couple months to put policies in place that are in compliance with new Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) amendments, but many are unsure what they need to do.

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    Aerospace M&A activity surges in Q1

    May 20, 2010 by PLANT staff

    TORONTO: The global aerospace and defence (A&D) sector is finding its wings post recession as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity shows a significant increase in the first quarter of the year, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) LLP report. Mission Control:

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    Growth in corporate profitability expected to slow in Q2

    May 20, 2010 by PLANT staff

    OTTAWA: Following a strong post-recession rebound, growth in Canadian corporate profitability is expected to moderate in the second half of the year, based on a new Conference Board of Canada indicator. The Leading Indicator of Industry Profitability, part of the

  • Power transmission sales surge

    May 18, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Canadian bearings sales increased in March.Photo: SKF CHICAGO: Manufacturing continued to pick up the pace in March. Canadian and US manufacturers of power transmission and motion control (PT/MC) products saw sales increase for the third consecutive month, according to an

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    A bigger bang from our buck

    May 13, 2010 by Joe Terrett

    About 10 years ago when the loonie was paddling about with the US buck in a 64-cent pond, experienced and successful plant executives announced collective dissatisfaction with the trade punditry’s admonishments concerning Canadian manufacturers’ lax investment in new, productivity boosting

  • Labour Relations: Looking for leadership on plant closings

    May 13, 2010 by Ken Lewenza

    Ken Lewenza is the president of the Canadian Auto Workers Union. The shocking closure of the Siemens Energy plant in Hamilton has left more than 500 workers, their families and the entire community reeling. Work done at the gas turbine

  • Nautel’s space oddity

    May 13, 2010 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    Radio frequency waves power Ad Astra’s VASIMR VX-200 plasma rocket engine. Photo: Nautel An Atlantic company that specializes in manufacturing broadcast radio frequency (RF) amplifier technologies is applying its sound wave expertise to develop generators for a plasma propulsion rocket