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Government gets on board with
new approach to manufacturing
In early July the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and
Technology released a study on the state of the
manufacturing industry entitled “The Canadian
Manufacturing Sector: Urgent Need to Adapt.”
The report focused on changes happening in
Canada’s manufacturing sector and specific pri-
orities for its stability and growth. The Canadian
The report is an indication that the government
is listening carefully to what industry is saying
about how our approach to manufacturing in this
country has to change. It seems a very positive
step toward more effective government support
of the work Canadian Fabricating & Welding
The CME’s Industrie 2030 initiative has been
discussed here before and can be downloaded by
visiting www.industrie2030.ca. It’s great to see
the government take these ideas seriously but
it’s even more encouraging to see manufactur-
ers bring it up at events like the recent MM&P
Parlee used the strategy as a jumping off point for a productive and
positive discussion, which is what we all need to encourage. It is easy to
see only the negative impacts of the changing demands of globalization,
automation, and much else, but there are plenty of Canadian companies
that are thriving. Having this strategy as a go-to reference, I believe,
may be a real benefit for all manufacturers as a baseline from which to
engage not only government but also peers and employees. Read more
about Parlee’s address on page 12. The work that Apex has been doing to
expand its market reach is quite remarkable.
Innovation is often sparked by discussion with your peers. For those of
you in the Montreal area, I hope you will consider attending the Can Weld
Conference and Expo at Place Bonaventure in September for some inspiration. There will be a variety of educational sessions in both English and
French for attendees. For more information turn to page 26.
Rob Colman, Editor
The report is an
indication that the
listening carefully to
what industry is
saying about how our
manufacturing in this
country has to change.