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May 2002
Canadian Tooling & Machining Association
May 2002
CTMA VIEW
Canadian Tool Shops Face a
30% Disadvantage vs USA on
Tool Steel Costs
T
he USA recently passed antidumping legislation on
imported steel. Canada was exempted in this
legislation as a NAFTA partner and as a “favoured
nation”. To maintain this status, Canada also initiated
tariffs against imported steel on March 22, 2002. The
USA exempted certain tool steels from its legislation, but
unfortunately, at this time, Canada has not.
This legislation has the potential to add a 20-30% duty to
the tool steels that we must import for use in our industry
which aren’t readily available here in Canada.
CTMA Director Horst Schmidt of Build-A-Mold Ltd. is
heading up a committee of representatives from the
CTMA, CAMM, Canadian Plastics Industry Association,
and Canadian Die Casters Association, which has
already notified the Canadian International Trade
Tribunal (CITT) that we intend to make a presentation
objecting to the inclusion of tool steels in this legislation.
90% Sold Out !!
4th Annual Spring Conference
& Golf Tournament
Pine Knot Golf & Country Club, Dorchester
Tuesday, June 4, 2002
(Rain or Shine)
8:00am REGISTRATION / BREAKFAST
8:30am “INDUSTRY TRENDS”
Mr. Miro Suga, Stamping Division
Ford Motor Company
9:30am “LEAN MANUFACTURING”
Mr. Lloyd Phillips,
HTM Consulting
11:00am SHOTGUN GOLF TOURNAMENT
(Boxed lunch on carts)
Members are encouraged to complete and submit the
end-user questionnaire, which is available from the
CITT’s website at www.citt.gc.ca. Tool steel users
should download the forms for end users of: plate, hot
rolled sheet, hot rolled bar, and corrosion-resistant
sheet; then fax their completed form immediately to the
CITT. Keep in mind that with customs documents their
definition of “sheet” equals our “plates” and their
definition of “plates” equals our “blocks”.
♦ Be applauded by your colleagues as a supporter
of this exciting day!
A draft presentation will be submitted by May 15, 2002
and the Tribunal is expected to release its
recommendations for exclusions on August 19, 2002.
♦ Sponsor a hole by yourself or with associates and
be recognized by everyone as a key supporter of
this event!
We wish to thank Jan Tesar of Exco Engineering Ltd. for
giving us a “heads-up” on this issue.
Don’t delay - call the CTMA office TODAY !
(519) 653-7265
4:00pm RECEPTION Sponsored by TIPCO INC.
5:00pm STEAK DINNER & AWARDS
Only a Few Hole Sponsorships Left
WELCOME
RECENT NEW MEMBERS
Dadco Canada Inc.
Toronto Chapter
Daniel Petit Model Inc.
Western Ontario Chapter
Dayton Progress Canada Ltd.
Toronto Chapter
DMG Canada Inc.
Toronto Chapter
RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
Windsor Chapter
Exactatherm Limited
Toronto Chapter
Kaller Gas Springs
Toronto Chapter
Sirco Machinery Company Limited
Toronto Chapter
Other Breaking News:
Program to Give Exporters a Boost ........... 3
Chapter News........................................ 4 - 5
Moulding Youth For Industry................. 7 - 8
ITC Investigation...................................... 11
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CTMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President:
Ed Glover, Harbour Advanced Machining
Tel: (519) 969-0641
Fax: (519) 969-0451
Vice President:
Leslie Payne, Universal Pattern Co. Ltd.
Tel: (519) 622-8667
Fax: (519) 622-5758
Treasurer:
Graham Harding, Rumble Automation Inc.
Tel: (905) 819-2885 Ext. 225
Past President:
Ivan Stark
Tel: (519) 739-1660
Fax: (519) 739-1799
Chapter Chairs:
Toronto
Graham Harding, Rumble Automation Inc.
Tel: (905) 819-2885 Ext. 225
Western Ontario
Jamie Bowman, J.P. Bowman Limited
Tel: (519) 752-6533 Fax: (519) 752-0672
Windsor
Horst Schmidt, Build-A-Mold Limited
Tel: (519) 737-6984 Fax: (519) 737-6572
Directors:
Paul Brisebois, Anchor Lamina Inc.
Tel: (905) 274-3448
Fax: (905) 274-7303
Volker Hohensee
Tel: (905) 670-0960
Fax: (905) 670-0728
Horst Just, H.J. Machine & Pattern Ltd.
Tel: (519) 746-7077
Fax: (519) 746-6872
Bill Potter, Reference Tool Inc.
Tel: (519) 747-9700
Fax: (519) 747-1717
Staff:
Louis M. Papp, Executive Director
Julie McFarlane, Office Manager
Corey Brunsveld, Finance
NEW CTMA MEMBERS
Dadco Canada Inc.
2530 Meadowpine Blvd.
Mississauga, ON L5N 6C4
CONTACT: Ron Brown
Exactatherm Limited
2381 Anson Drive
Mississauga, ON L5S 1G1
CONTACT: Peter Lidster
Tel: (905) 567-9100 Fax: (905) 567-8900
Website: www.dadco.net
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (905) 677-7822 Fax: (905) 677-7826
Website: www.exactatherm.com
Email: [email protected]
+ + + +
Daniel Petit Model Inc.
38 Cowansview Rd., Units 1 to 5
Cambridge, ON N1R 7N3
CONTACT: Daniel Petit
+ + + +
Kaller Gas Springs
108 Rayne Avenue
Oakville, ON L6H 1C2
CONTACT: Paul Levine
Tel: (519) 622-0322
Fax: (519) 622-6228
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (905) 727-0129 Fax: (586) 415-6699
Website: www.stromsh.se
Email: [email protected]
+ + + +
Dayton Progress Canada Ltd.
861 Rowntree Dairy Road
Woodbridge, ON L4L 5W3
CONTACT: Roger Van Vlackl
+ + + +
Tel: (905) 264-2445 Fax: (905) 264-1071
Website: www.daytonprogress.ca
Email: [email protected]
+ + + +
DMG Canada Inc.
165 Admiral Blvd.
Mississauga, ON L5T 2T3
CONTACT: Dieter Schill
Tel: (905) 795-2891 Fax: (905) 795-0393
Website: www.gildemeister.com
Email: [email protected]
RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
1922 Wyandotte Street, E.
Windsor, ON N8Y 1E4
CONTACT: Terry Hall
Tel: (519) 252-3221
Fax: (519) 252-3672
Email: terry.hall @rbc.com
+ + + +
Sirco Machinery Company Limited
40 Jutland Road
Toronto, ON M8Z 2G9
CONTACT: Dan Ferko
Tel: (416) 255-1321
Fax: (416) 255-9502
Email: [email protected]
CTMA VIEW is published quarterly, and
features articles and information of
interest to members and others allied to
the precision metal cutting industry. To
receive additional copies of this
publication, or to make comments or
submissions, please contact us at:
Canadian Tooling &
Machining Association
140 McGovern Dr., Unit #3
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R7
Tel: (519) 653-7265
Fax: (519) 653-6764
Email: [email protected]
www.ctma.com
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PROGRAM TO GIVE EXPORTERS A BOOST
By: Bob Meyer, Star Business Reporter
Used with permission from the Windsor Star
I
t’s an offer companies can’t refuse.
In an
unprecedented effort to streamline export services
to the Canadian business community, Export Canada
will provide money, a program for export market
development, and even free export counseling to help
businesses succeed as new exporters in world
markets.
Industry Canada Trade Commissioner Alan Ballak
said Team Canada Inc. – a network of government
and private-sector export service providers – is
prepared to help companies increase export sales of
Canadian goods and services by reducing the costs
associated with penetrating new export markets.
“More than ever, today’s global economy is enticing
Canadian businesses to think of exporting their
products and services to international markets.” he
said at an informal meeting last week with the
Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA),
the Canadian Association of Moldmakers (CAMM),
and the Windsor-Essex County Development
Commission.
Ballak told local owners and managers of machine
tool, die and mould companies that Team Canada
Inc. “is your source of export services”.
“Their mandate is to increase the number of Canadian
exporters, to expand and diversify exports and to
support the investment initiatives of Canadian smalland medium-sized enterprises.”
The Program for Export Market Development (PEMD)
“is not a grant, loan or entitlement, but rather a
conditionally repayable contribution. Repayment of
the contribution is based on the success of the export
agreement. If it fails, the government’s contribution
will be forgiven.”
Save time and money by getting the assistance you
need right here at home, he said.
Rainer Kunau, International Trade Officer with the
Canadian Consulate General in Detroit, said the trade
commission promotes the economic interests of
Canada in the global market, including foreign market
access, international business contacts, foreign
business leads, licensing, joint venture development
and technology transfer.
“We are also prepared to help new and experienced
Canadian companies that have researched and
selected their target markets. The government is
enticing Canadian businesses to think of exporting
their products and services.”
The group also organizes seminars and workshops on
the specifics of exporting, federal trade programs and
initiatives, and export market opportunities, he said.
Team Canada Hotline is 1-888-881-1119.
website is www.strategis.gc.ca/etraderoadmap.
The
EDITOR’S NOTE: This talk was presented at the
SAE Congress “Kick-Off Breakfast” sponsored by the
CTMA, CAMM, Windsor-Essex County Development
Commission, and Industry Canada at the Windsor
Hilton Hotel, March 4/02.
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e-mail: [email protected]
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CHAPTER NEWS
WESTERN ONTARIO CHAPTER:
On February 21, a Western Ontario Chapter meeting
was held at the McMaster Manufacturing Research
Institute (MMRI) in Hamilton. This world class facility
was created in 2000 to provide research into many
manufacturing fields such as Machining Systems, Metal
Forming, Polymer Processing, Robotics & Automation
and CAD/CAM. The Institute works in cooperation with
its industrial partners and provides systematic
mechanisms for technology transfer and shares its
knowledge and research results with them.
MMRI will be working closely with material suppliers and
automotive companies to study the different types of
metal forming processes including the relatively new
world of Hydro forming.
The evening also included a wonderful gourmet meal
followed by very informative and entertaining
presentations on:
• COMO - Centre for Online Manufacturing Optimization
• Coating Applications in Manufacturing Processes
The presentations were followed by a question and
answer period.
MMRI is also currently looking for companies in the
manufacturing field to partner in their research. So,
whether you’re interested in Intelligent machining
systems, Metal forming, Advanced polymer part design,
Fixtureless assembly, or Geometric modeling, the MMRI
would like to work with you.
We encourage all members to attend any future
meetings at the MMRI, as this is the type of information
that CTMA members would benefit from the most.
CTMA members enjoy a very educational tour
at McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute
Hamilton, Ontario
Jamie Bowman, Western Ont. Chapter Chairman (far right)
thanks the MMRI staff for their informative presentations.
L-R: Pamela Renton, Eu-Gene Ng, Dr. Tahany El-Wardany
Many thanks go to Dr. Tahany El-Wardany and her staff
for making this evening such a tremendous success.
Our meeting consisted of a very educational tour of the
facility, which included a demonstration of an ultra-high
speed machining centre (Matsura LX-1) with a maximum
spindle speed of 60,000 rpm and feed rate of
30m/minute on. Other demonstrations included the
efficient machining of titanium, as well as many other
areas of interest to our members in attendance.
The latest addition to the facility is a 900-tonne, $1.6
million metal forming press. This press will be used in
the study of how new materials and lubricants behave in
the metal forming process.
For more information about the MMRI or how your
company can benefit from the resources of this world
class facility, please contact:
Dr. Tahany El-Wardany, Principal Research Engineer
McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute
McMaster University
John Hodgins Engineering Building
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L7
Phone: (905) 525-9140 Ext. 24991
Email: [email protected]
http://mmri.mcmaster.ca
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MORE CHAPTER NEWS
TORONTO CHAPTER:
Members enjoyed several exceptional presentations at
the Sheridan College – Skills Training Centre in Oakville
on March 19, 2002. Following an impressive tour of
Sheridan’s Machining Facilities and a delicious dinner
sponsored by the Halton Region Business Development
Centre, presentations were made on several topics
including the Industrial Research Assistance Program
which is supported by the National Research Council of
Canada; R & D Tax Credits; Subsidized Employment
Services, Training & Retraining & Better Utilization of
New Equipment; Lean Manufacturing; Engineer-ToOrder Software; and Benchmarking.
WINDSOR CHAPTER:
The Chapter is working with CAMM to present joint
meetings this year, the first of which was held on
January 21, 2002. It began with a tour of Lear Canada
in Tecumseh and was followed by a dinner meeting at
the Torino Plaza Banquet Centre. The next joint
meeting was held on March 18th and included a tour of
Ford’s Essex Engine Plant in Windsor. It was followed
by dinner at the Place Concorde and a presentation on
the US Investigation on Unfair Trade Practices in the
Mould, Tool and Die Industry. An update on the ITC
Investigation can be found on Page 11.
Members who were unable to attend should watch for
future opportunities to hear what these experts have to
say. Those who attended came away with a wealth of
new information and ideas for their companies.
In addition to its Tool & Die Maker, General Machinist,
Industrial Maintenance Mechanic and Electrician
programs, Sheridan is now offering several skills upgrading programs for Journeypersons in various trades.
For more information on these training programs,
contact Sheridan College at (905) 845-9430 Ext. 8036.
Some of the more than 100 members, friends and guests
relaxing at the CTMA/CAMM Meeting held
in Windsor on March 18, 2002
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TOP TWENTY POINTS FOR A GOOD HEALTH & SAFETY PROGRAM
As promised in the February 2002 issue of CTMA VIEW, here are Reginald Breaker’s Top 20 Points for a
good Health & Safety Program:
1. Health & Safety Policy
2. Clearly defined roles and responsibilities for
workplace parties
3. Regularly planned workplace inspections with
follow-ups
4. Documented unplanned workplace inspections
with follow-ups
5. Investigation and analysis of workplace accidents
and/or incidents
6. Worker and management
legislation, WHMIS, etc.)
training
(i.e.,
11. First aid training
regulations
and
equipment
as
per
12. Good housekeeping standards established and
implemented
13. General workplace safety rules established and
communicated
14. Fire prevention program
15. Material handling procedures
16. Lockout program
standards
and
machine
guarding
17. Planned maintenance of equipment
7. Orientation program developed and implemented
18. Engineering controls
8. A health and safety budget established
19. Personal Protective Equipment program
9. Involvement of senior management in health and
safety
20. Operating controls for mobile and process
equipment
10. A Joint Health and Safety Committee or
Representative for the workplace
(Note: These points are not in any priority order and this is not a comprehensive list)
For further information on health & safety issues, please contact Reginald Breaker at (416) 503-8196.
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In addition to networking opportunities and many other benefits, your membership in the Canadian Tooling &
Machining Association (CTMA) provides many advantages that you may not have considered. Pooled
purchasing with other CTMA members means savings for you, your employees and your shareholders! Take a
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For more information on any of these affinity programs, contact the CTMA office at:
Tel: (519) 653-7265
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (519) 653-6764
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MOULDING YOUTH FOR INDUSTRY UPDATE
By: Russell Gorham, MYFI Program Manager
I
n Windsor, the Moulding Youth For Industry (MYFI)
program has 15 new candidates out with employers
who are in the process of completing the work
portion of the program. This is the 9th group in
Windsor and Program Coordinator Joan Bachmeier
reports that the employers are pleased with the
results to date.
A new program is planned to start on August 6,
2002. A proposal has been submitted to HRDC for
approval and Joan will be contacting employers in the
Windsor region for their support during the next 8 to
10 weeks.
Windsor Chapter members are
encouraged to call Joan at (519) 944-0012 to discuss
their requirements.
What is “Moulding Youth for Industry”?
It is a program funded jointly by industry (that’s you)
and Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC).
The program is sponsored by your organization the
Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA).
This program, which is designed by employers,
provides 700 hours of in-school training followed by
an 800 hour of work placement leading to an
apprenticeship contract between an employer (you)
and the graduate.
Participants are screened and tested extensively prior
to entering the program. Results to date have been
excellent and there are currently more than 165 MYFI
graduates working in the precision metal cutting
industry in this province.
If you are having difficulty recruiting qualified
individuals then you should consider MYFI as an
option. This program, to supply quality candidates to
the provincial apprenticeship system, is open to non
member companies as well.
If you have such a need contact the CTMA
office at 519-653-7265 to make inquires.
CTMA President Ed Glover talks to the
th
8 graduating class in Windsor, Ontario
In Kitchener / Waterloo, the first program in the area
has been completed and all graduates are employed
in the area. We are pleased to report that all
graduates will be entering into apprenticeship
contracts shortly. A new program is planned for the
area and a submission will be made to HRDC for
approval in early May. It is expected that the next
program will be up and running before Labour Day.
In Hamilton, a new approach will be proposed to
HRDC in May. The area is expected to experience
skilled labour shortages for the next several years.
The MYFI program, which supplies quality candidates
to the provincial apprenticeship system, has a role to
play in this area, but it requires clear support from
local employers. Members that want to see a MYFI
program in the Hamilton area should contact the
CTMA office. We need your help in this area. With
support from employers we could have a program up
and running by September/October.
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TRADE SHOW NEWS
SAE World Congress Exhibition – Detroit,
Michigan, USA
22 BIEMH Show & AFM Spanish Machine
Tool Manufacturers’ Show – Bilboa, SPAIN
A Report by Louis M. Papp, CTMA Executive Director
A Report by Ed Glover, CTMA President
The SAE Congress was held at Cobo Conference &
Exhibition Center in Detroit, Michigan from March 4 to 7,
2002. The unofficial attendance was 42,500. This was
a great opportunity to showcase Canadian industry,
coordinated by the CTMA.
The 22nd edition of the BIEMH Spanish Machine Tool
was presented at the Bilboa International Exhibition
Center in March 2002. Approx. 1,800 firms took part in
this show with 650 from Spain and the rest from 34 other
countries.
The Canadian Die Casters Association (CDCA), the
Canadian Association of Moldmakers (CAMM) and the
CTMA covered a strategic corner at the show. We were
immediately located next to the Canadian Pavilion.
Many members of all three organizations helped at
various times throughout the Congress. Volunteers filled
in prior to the show and afterwards to set-up and teardown the booth.
The machines displayed consisted of the usual manual
and CNC models with generic names such as
Bridgeport, Mazak, Miyano etc. and Spanish machines.
I visited with the Soraluce Machine representatives at
the Grupo Danobat booth, which has a company in
Windsor, Ontario selling and servicing machines in North
America. There was a fair share of 5 and 6 axis
machines, which have improved with faster cutting rates.
Most machines at this show had the THK type linear
ways instead of the box ways.
The week’s event started off with a “Team Canada
Breakfast” on opening day at the Windsor Hilton. Over
40 people attended this special event which was
sponsored by CTMA, CAMM and CDCA with Industry
Canada. It covered support systems for both export and
research and development.
The Canadian participation during the congress received
much television, radio and press coverage. We were
given special welcomes by the Detroit Regional
Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian ConsulateDetroit.
Leads were recorded from the United States, Mexico,
Korea, Japan, Germany and Canada. Of a total of 45
leads for joint ventures, products and services, the
majority came from the United States. One Canadian
company joined the CTMA on the spot. St. Clair
College’s Ford Centre for Manufacturing Excellence and
Cobra Machine Tool Co. Inc. received much attention in
the CTMA booth.
The manufacturing sector seems to be buying more
flexible machines instead of the single purpose machine.
The controls on most machines are very user friendly.
I met with Senor Rafael Barrenechea, President of the
AFM (the Spanish Machine Tool Association) and their
General Manager Senor Alberto Orveta.
This
association represents 93% of this industry in Spain
which has 100 machine tool companies. They do not
allow suppliers or associates to join the association.
The fees to join are $2,000.00 flat rate for everyone plus
a head fee depending on the number of employees for
example a 65 person company would pay an additional
$4,000.00 for a total of $6,000.00. Their Board consists
of 16 people from 16 companies in the association.
They hold meetings every other month and more when
required.
They provide six main services. They are as follows:
1. Internationalization of the sector and commercial
promotion. AFM has a department specializing in
international promotion. They organize participation
at various machine tool fairs in different countries,
such as EMO, IMTS (USA), METAV (Germany),
BIMO (Italy) and also fairs in France, UK and Brazil.
2. Technology, quality and industrial safety. Their
subsidiary INVEMA works in close co-operation with
R&D units, for quality and safety in companies.
3. Encouraging inter-company structures to foster the
competitiveness of the associated companies by:
• Cooperating in the sectors’ restructuring plans.
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• Integration of company groups.
• Support for export consortiums at the place of
origin and destination.
• Fostering alliances and strategies amongst
machine tool producers for specific purposes.
APPRENTICE PATTERNMAKER
RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
FROM ONTARIO CHAPTER OF THE
AMERICAN FOUNDRY SOCIETY
4. Technical, professional and management training.
The AFM works with pro-schools, similar to the
German system where it is funded by the BASQUE
Region 50%, Manufacturers 25%, and Region/Town
Council 25%.
5. Institutional
cooperation
with
professional
organizations similar to AFM. Example: European
committee for cooperation between machine tool
industries (CECIMO) and associations of machine
tool manufactures in different countries.
6. Information – communication, advice. Servicing
inquires and advice on different areas of specialized
services for associated companies.
This is a very well organized association and I am sure
that CTMA and AFM will grow better by networking and
using each other’s strengths.
Gary Breen, Symmetry Tooling Inc. (centre)
is congratulated by Les Payne (left) and John
Taylor (right), Training Committee
representatives from the Canadian PatternModelmakers Association,
at the Scholarship Awards Dinner on
February 25, 2002 at Mohawk College.
Ed Glover, meets with representatives from
AFM at the Spanish Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Show
(L-R: Alberto Orveta, Rafael Barrenechea
Ed Glover, Mikel Barrenechea)
The Spanish machine tool industry has an
apprenticeship system in place similar to Germany
where groups of industry train for 3 years (pro-school)
and are subsidized 75% by governments and 25% by
manufacturers (unlike Canada where it is the opposite).
They do not see a problem with skilled labour because
of this. They have not experienced the down turn that
North America is experiencing. They do not have the
same Asian problems in their market and their suppliers
are more reasonable when it comes to terms and
conditions. They were shocked when I explained “clawback” and said it was not possible in Europe.
Globalization is not a problem for their industry at this
time but they will be watching for it.
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RECENT MEMBERSHIP PLAQUE RECIPIENTS
RAKMIL TOOLS & MACHINES LTD.
Gordana & Stefan Rakonjac receive plaque from
Toronto Chapter Chairman, Graham Harding
LAW OFFICE OF SUZANNE DAJCZAK
Suzanne Dajczak receives membership plaque from
CTMA President, Ed Glover
DMG CANADA LTD.
Dieter Schill receives membership plaque from
Louis M. Papp, CTMA Executive Director
IRCO AUTOMATION INC.
Jamie Bowman receives membership plaque from
Les Payne, CTMA Vice President
CTMA & CAMM MERGER TALKS CONTINUE
Representatives from the Canadian Tooling & Machining
Association (CTMA) and the Canadian Association of
Moldmakers (CAMM) are continuing their efforts to bring
the two associations together.
While the anticipated
completion date for the three Implementation Committee
reports of April 15/02 has passed, the Finance and
Corporate Structure Committee will be meeting again in
May.
Members of both associations will benefit greatly from the
strengths that each association has and it is hoped that
these negotiations will result in a stronger voice for the
entire tooling industry.
ULTRA MACHINE SALES LTD.
Robert Arthur receives membership plaque from
Toronto Chapter Chairman, Graham Harding
We thank our members for their patience and understanding as we work through the many issues that face us.
Ed Glover, CTMA President
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CTMA & CAMM MEMBERS MEET IN WINDSOR ON ITC INVESTIGATION
A Report by Horst Schmidt, CTMA Director
On December 21, 2001 the US International Trade
Commission initiated an investigation into unfair trade
practices by countries exporting moulds and dies into
the USA. The countries named in this investigation
include: Taiwan, China, Mexico, Canada, and the
European Union Countries. The US Trade Commission
will be holding hearings on May 22, 2002, but they are
only open to American companies. A final report is to be
before congress on October 22, 2002.
At that point we will have a better understanding as to
the expected outcome of the investigation.
Jamie Rivait, CAMM President, thanks Rainer Kunau, Trade
Officer with the Canadian Consulate in Detroit for his
presentation on the American ITC Investigation
Louis M. Papp (left) and Mike Bunga (right) representing the
Ontario Government discuss the ITC Investigation
As CTMA stated in its earlier letter to its members, we
welcome this investigation since we are certain that no
unfair trade practices exist between our two nations. A
committee with members from CTMA, CAMM, CPIA,
and government has been established to monitor the
progress of this investigation and take what action we
can to protect the interests of our members.
The US investigator assigned to investigate Canadian
practices is Mr Harry Lenchitz. He will be obtaining input
from the CTMA and other Canadian associations as part
of his investigation.
This is the only direct
communication we will be permitted to provide prior to
October 22, 2002. Any members that have specific
issues that they wish to present, should submit them in
writing through the CTMA office.
We have met with our association counterparts in the
US to put forward our position and to ensure that the
investigation deals with factual matter. Further we have
secured letters supporting the Canadian position from
US affiliates of Canadian member companies. These
letters will be submitted by the US operations to the
trade investigation.
At the joint meeting of the Windsor Chapter of CTMA
and CAMM, Rainer Kunau from the Canadian Consulate
who was supported by Mike Bunga from the Ontario
Government, informed members of the procedure and
process of this investigation. It was their view that any
direct action by any foreign association would be
premature at this stage. Our approach of working
through US companies and with US associations is a
good tactic. The main focus at this point still seems to
be the offshore competition although Canada does make
up more than 42% of the USA’s imports of tools, dies,
and moulds.
The results from a survey being conducted by DME will
form the basis of Jerry Laret’s presentation before the
Committee on May 21, 2002. Jerry has agreed to share
the outcome of this survey with us early in May before
he presents his findings to the committee.
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INDUSTRY PULSE RATE
TAKEN APRIL 2002
• business conditions are generally up & down
UPCOMING EVENTS
2002
May 4
May 13
May 13-15
All-Chapter Spring Social
St. Jacobs
Windsor Chapter / CAMM Meeting
Windsor
Montreal Fabricating Show
Montreal
June 1
June 4
June 4-9
June 5-6
June 14
June 17
June 19
Apprenticeship Competition Closes
Spring Conf. & Golf Tournament Dorchester
METVA 2002 Exhibition
Germany
Southwestern Ont. Industrial Show Kitchener
Wage Survey Committee Meeting Cambridge
Carbide & HSS Annual Meeting
Cambridge
Board of Directors Meeting
Windsor
• volume is good, profitability is down
July 7-10
ISTMA-World Board Meeting
• automation business is very busy
Aug. 15
Board of Directors Meeting
• no major changes are predicted for the near future
• increases in interest rates and a higher Canadian
dollar could slow things down further
• slow to steady workloads
• Canadian sales are remaining steady, US sales are
lower than targeted
• lots of re-quoting activity
• some companies at capacity
• machine tool business expects to be busy for the
rest of the year
• Windsor area shops are trundling along
• sales are up – profits are down
• future is uncertain
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Sept. 4-11 IMT Show
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Windsor Chapter / CAMM Meeting
Windsor
Sept. 27-29 AGM & Conference
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Oct. 17
Oct. 24
Oct. 24
Windsor Chapter Annual Meeting
Windsor
Board of Directors Meeting
Cambridge
Western Ont. Executive Meeting Cambridge
Nov. 1
Nov. 7
Wage Survey Data Collection
Western Ont. Chapter Meeting
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