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Truck manufacturing sector primed to create green jobs

Canada’s truck manufacturing sector has opportunity to be global leader in greener supply chain


OTTAWA‑A government-funded study of Canada’s medium and heavy truck manufacturing sector could highlight green job opportunities. The study is expected to be released this spring and will identify Canada’s strengths, weaknesses and capacity abilities in truck manufacturing.

It will also provide Canadian companies the chance to identify how they can play a greater role, particularly in the supply chain of greener vehicles.

Federal Industry Minister Tony Clement said the study should help revitalize the struggling Canadian truck manufacturing sector. He said production in Canada has dropped from 74,000 vehicles in 2006 to 11,000 in 2009. In that time, jobs fell from 4,200 to 750. Only two truck manufacturing plants remain in Canada. Hino Motors, owned by Toyota in Woodstock, Ont. and Paccar Int., owned by Kenworth in St. Therese, Que. Canada is already a player in the supply of lower emission, heavy natural gas engines.

Vancouver based Westport Innovations and its joint venture Cummins Westport currently supply natural gas engines to 18 North American truck and bus manufacturers with additional export sales to offshore markets.

A number of Canadian companies manufacture components and sub-assemblies for medium and heavy-duty natural gas trucks.

Kelowna, BC-based Agility Fuel Systems supplies modular fuel systems for compressed and liquefied natural gas. Calgary, Alta based Dynetek Industries manufactures compressed natural gas fuel storage tanks. Saint-Nicholas, Que.-based Labrie Environmental manufactures refuse collection vehicle bodies.