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Newsletter 2014

President’s Message

Canadian manufacturing leaders are reporting a generally positive, albeit cautious view of their industry sectors in 2017, despite lower than expected economic growth in 2016. Recent world events such as Brexit, Donald Trump presidency and uncertain near-future trade agreement; a weak Canadian dollar; declining oil prices and global economic instability have caused levels of cautious optimism for the future of Canadian
manufacturing. Some interesting comments that I would like to share from industry executives that will factor in the growth for the next few years: currency fluctuations, pricing pressures and economic growth are the big three. Canadian manufacturers need to push forward, move beyond tradition, by making significant investments in training, high tech machining, technology and automation to keep pace with the rest of the world. We
need to consider exploiting opportunities for growth outside our current markets while also focusing on expanding sales and distribution channels domestically.

Yet with these investment and expansion opportunities come a host of challenges. Manufacturers continue to face a shortage of skilled labor. Many also struggle with how to best create attractive and lasting opportunities for the evolving millennial workforce. The recipe for success is to try and create a culture that positively influences its workforce and its resulting products for profits.

If there’s one thing that is likely to remain constant in 2017, it’s the seemingly unprecedented amount of change we’ve seen for the last year. While it’s virtually impossible to predict what is to come, those manufacturers that are nimble enough to adapt swiftly to the changing tides are the best positioned to experience success in 2017 and beyond.

Machine Tool Orders
The East is essentialy flat while the West shows some growth

With the first quarter completed in 2017 we see that orders for metal cutting machine tools are essentially flat with orders for metal cutting machinery in Eastern Canada down 6% in values and down by 8% in units while in Western Canada which was severely depressed orders are up by 44% in values and by 43% in units for the same period in 2016. Orders for 5 axis machines showed considerable growth with vertical machines up by 65% and horizontal machines up by 71% in values which is an encouraging sign as Canadian Manufacturers invest in higher tech machinery. Commodity CNC machines such as horizontal spindle lathes were up by 38% while smaller vertical machining centres were down by 9% in value.

Orders for manual metal cutting machines were down pretty much across the board with values down by 40%
while units were down by 11%.

Orders for CNC Metal Forming Machinery showed spectacular growth for most machine types with values up by 41% and units up by 42% The growth was led by high value laser cutting machinery which was up by 37% in value and 56% in units. Again an encouraging sign that manufacturers are willing to invest in high tech machinery.

Orders for manual metal forming machinery also showed good growth up by 67% in value and 50% in units

Average order size for CNC metal cutting machinery YTD were as follows: horizontal lathes, $199,700, vertical spindle lathes, $258,000, multitasking lathes, $376,000 VMC up to 40” travel, $115,000, VMC above 40” travel, $212,000, VMC five or more axis, $435,000, horizontal machining centers, $419,000, horizontal machining centers 5axis, $1,497,000, milling machines , $101,000, horizontal and vertical boring machines, $882,000, wire EDM, $166,000, sinker EDM, $655,000, grinders, $324,000, CMM, $148,000, saws, $61,000, others, $235,000. Average order size for manual metal cutting machines was $14,500.

Average order size for CNC fabricating machinery were: press brakes, $101,000, shears, $64,000, turret punches, $198.000, profile cutting laser, $771,000, profile cutting plasma, $255,000, profile cutting water jet, $100,000, tube
benders, $43,000, others, $235,000.

Average order size for manual fabricating machinery was $14,000 and for presses and equipment was $175,000.

75th Anniversary Celebration
Preparations for the 75th anniversary celebration are well under way. The Prince of Wales hotel in Niagara on the Lake has been booked along with lunch and wine tasting at Pellar Estates winery and Dinner at the Oast House Brewery. Other
activities are being planned which may include golf, winery tours, spa treatments and shopping. The event is almost sold out with only 5 spots available. The cost is only $200.00 per couple so if you are interested in attending please contact
the office by e mail at

Spring Meeting 2016
The spring meeting which took place again at the
Sightlines restaurant in the Rogers Centre in June was a
great success with 138 CMTDA members, spouses, friends
and family in attendance. The buffet dinner was excellent
and that along with an open bar made for a memorable
Spring Meeting 2017
The spring meeting will once again be held at the
Sightlines restaurant in the Rogers Centre on June 1st. The
response has been overwhelming and unfortunately the
event sold out very quickly and we have a waiting list even
though we up the reservation to 150 places.


2016 Apprentice Bursary Awards

CMTDA is a major sponsor of the CTMA bursary awards The Bursary Award Program was established to recognize deserving apprentices and pre-apprentices in the precision metalworking trades and to increase the awareness and value of apprenticeship training.

This 2016 recipients were
Bottom row from left to right
Lyle Nedin, Anchor Danley
Max Vanier, Circle 5 Tool and Mold
Bradley Shepherd, Calframax Technologies
Top Row
Christopher Graves, Arno Tool
Mathew Coelho, Bolzand Tool and Die
Curtis Oliver, Arno Tool
Steve Burdett, XL Tool
Michael McCutcheon, Cavalier Tool
Joe Iera, Valiant Training Cen

The CMTDA's Purpose and Objectives
>The Canadian Machine Tool Distributors Association was founded in 1942 as a trade association dedicated to the marketing of machine tools and services in Canada through distributorship companies.
Its aims are:
  • To promote friendly business relations among its members.
  • To provide means whereby challenges affecting the industry can be readily discussed and to co-operate, as a group, to further the interests of the industry by all desirable and lawful means.
  • To stimulate growth in the use of machine tools
  • To promote advances in machine tool technologies
  • To assist clients in finding distributors to supply machine tools
  • To collect and disseminate statistics on market capacity and other pertinent matters.
  • To exchange information among members for the purpose of reducing distribution costs and eliminating waste and duplication of efforts.
  • To enable the members, as a group, to discuss with the government, if need be, tariff concerns and other issues relating to machine tools.
  • To promote and sponsor machining skills development for youth Canada-wide.

Election of Officers

The term of the existing board of directors
comes to an end at the annual general
meeting scheduled for October 2017.
If you wish to run for a position on the
board please contact the office by e mail at To run for election you
must be employed by a full member
company in good standing


CMTDA Board of Directors
  Tejal Mehta, Emec Machine Tools Inc.
Past President
  Frank Haydar, Elliott Matsuura Canada Inc
  Ray Buxton, Mazak Canada Inc
  Daniel Medrea, DMG/Mori Seiki
  John Manley, Machine Tools Systems Inc
  Jeff Veldhoen, Ferro Technique
  Stefan Fickenscher, Trumpf Canada Inc
  Gary Masters, William Brennan
Executive Director
  Peter Turton

How To Join

Any individual, partnership, firm, company or corporation may be elected to membership in the CMTDA by an affirmative vote of not less than 2/3 majority of the current directors of the Corporation. A regular member is one which maintains an office or other recognized place of business, represents at least one recognized manufacturer of machine tools on an exclusive basis in a designated territory, carries its own accounts, is established and actively engaged in the distribution of machine tools in Canada for at least one year at the time of application, does at least 51% of its business in new machinery and provides monthlyorders booked data in the format set out by the Corporation

Contact the CMTDA at:
118 Landry Lane, PO Box 951
Thornbury, ON. N0H 2P0.
Phone 519-599-2803,
fax 519-599-5154.


A.M.T. Machine Tools Ltd.
A.W. Miller Technical Sales
Akhurst Machinery Ltd.
All Fabrication Machinery Ltd.
Amada Canada
Barer Engineering Co.
Blue Chip Leasing
Buy Premium Tools
B W Guild Equipment Inc
Canadian Industrial
Machinery, CIP
Canadian Measurement-
Metrology Inc.
Canadian Metalworking
Capital North Corporation
CLE Leasing Enterprise Ltd.
CML Machinery Inc.
Compumachine Canada
DiPaolo Machine Tools
DMG Mori Seiki Canada
Edge Production Supplies Ltd.
Elliott Matsuura (Canada) Inc.
EMEC Machine Tools Inc.
Empire Machinery & Tools Ltd.
Fagor Automation Canada
Ferric Machinery
Ferro Technique Ltd.
Garant Machinerie
Hartford Technology Ltd.
Heinman Machinery Ltd
Hurco Companies
Huron Canada Inc.
Ian Jones Sales Ltd.
Industrial Machinery
Exchange Inc.
Iscar Tools Inc.
ITN Logistics Group
KBC Tools and Machinery
Kennametal Ltd, Canada
LaMarche Machinery Inc.
L.S. Walker Machine Tools Inc.
Machine Tool Systems Inc.
Machine Toolworks Inc.

Machineries BV Ltee.
Machitech Automation
Masteel America Corp
Mazak Corp. Canada
MC Machinery Canada
Megatel Inc.
Mitcham Machine Tools
Mitutoyo Canada Inc.
MP&P Magazine
National leasing Group
Neiman Machinery Sales
NTN Bearings Canada
Paine Machine Tool Inc.
Paramount Machinery Inc.
Powermaster Machinery
Prima-Power Canada
Quality Cutting Tools
Quickmill Inc.
Renishaw (Canada) Ltd.
Rhino Cutting Systems
Royal Products
Sandvik Coromant
Schunk Intec Corporation
Seguin Machinery Ltd.
Shop Metalworking
Synergy Machine Sales Inc
Single Source Technologies
Sirco Machinery Co. Ltd.
SMS Machine Tools Ltd.
SMTCL Canada Inc.
Spark & Co. Inc.
SparQuetec Inc.
Team Machine Tools Inc.
Tecsaw International
Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd.
Toshiba Machine Co.
Canada Ltd.
TOS Trade Canada
Trumpf Canada
Ultra Machine Sales Ltd.
Westway Machinery Ltd.
William M. Brennan Co.
Zoller Inc.

Canadian Machine Tool Distributors’ Association

118 Landry Lane, PO Box 951
Thornbury, Ontario, N0H 2P0
(519) 599 2803, Fax (519) 599 5154
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