News Manufacturing Economy General
July 6, 2020  

Business hiring plans remain muted due to pandemic: B of C

Many service sector and energy companies don’t expect a return to pre-pandemic employment levels.

News Manufacturing Business Operations Economy General
July 8, 2014  

Canadian firms still positive, but enthusiasm wanes: BoC

Businesses remain cautious about investment and hiring.

News Business Operations Operations Production
December 28, 2011  

Investing in 2012

PLANT’s annual Business Outlook survey shows senior executives plan to spend an average of $1.4 million on machinery, equipment, technology, training and R&D next year.

News Business Operations Operations Technology
December 16, 2010  

Manufacturers' prospects are looking up

Canadian manufacturers see the economy picking up over the next three years and they are preparing for business expansion with plans to hire, and invest in process improvements, facilities, technology, training and innovation, according to a survey of senior plant executives.

News Business Operations Operations Technology
December 8, 2010  

SMEs are optimistic

The global economy is coming back to life after last year’s economic meltdown, and Canadian manufacturers are getting back in the game. But they’re facing a very different business and trade environment.

News Business Operations Operations Technology
December 8, 2010  

Cash flow + R&D = innovation

The September numbers for manufacturing shipments were a bit of a downer. Statistics Canada reported a 0.6% decrease with 13 of 21 industries registering lower sales. This has pundits wringing their hands over how manufacturing’s ongoing malaise is going to mess up the Bank of Canada’s growth forecasts.