is hard to believe that we are half way through 2006. The challenges
that we as an industry have encountered since 2000 are continuing.
A strong dollar, competition from overseas (China etc.) and
a declining manufacturing sector continue to hamper the recoveries
similar to what we have experienced in the past. Our North American
automotive industry, on which Ontario is very dependent, continues
to lose market share yearly to the Japanese and other European
car builders. The Big Three that we grew up with are gone. We
are truly in a global economy. Whatever happens on the other
side of the world now affects us here. As you see by our monthly
statistics all of our dollar comparisons are down compared to
The one bright spot that we have and without it our numbers
would be even more dismal is Alberta.
The last couple of years
have been banner years for Alberta and with the price of gas
today I have to believe it will continue. That’s great
news. It would be nice to have a little relief on the price of
gas though. Is it all doom and gloom though? Absolutely not!
We have just had the Montreal Fabricating and Machine Tool Show
and comments I received were very positive. Overall, exhibitors
said that were happy with the attendance and they would return
in 2008. A number of dealers have recently had open houses with
good turnouts. IMTS is approaching and usually brings with it
additional business. We are all doing in today’s economy
what it takes to make our businesses leaner and more profitable.
Or should I just say profitable?
CMTDA recently had our spring
cruise on the Mariposa Belle. This was our first time having
it on the Belle but with all the positive comments it will not
be the last. It is always nice seeing our honorary members out
at this event. Thanks again to MP&P, CM&M, and CIM, and
for contributing to the liquid refreshments for the evening.
It was a great evening for all. Thanks to Jim Burrows for all
of his hard work to put the evening together. 2007 is our association’s
65th anniversary and we are having our spring meeting at Windermere
in Muskoka with a similar format to our 60th. However, we need
your participation. We have a great location selected; and we
will have an educational, entertaining and fun format. All that
we need are great people like you. Please let Jim Burrows know
how many people will be able to attend from your company. Have
a great summer and see you at the Annual General Meeting at the
Cricket Club on Wednesday, November 15th, 2006.
tool sales holding steady
records indicate that
while machine tool units are
up slightly, the dollar figures are down.
According to our records, the dollar figures
are down approximately 10%.
This shows an average order down
due to the increase in value of the
Average order size in CNC metal
cutting was: horizontal spindle
lathes amounted to $157,000; vertical spindle lathes totalled $243,000;
and multi- tasking lathes recorded a
total of $321,000.
For vertical machining centers (up
to 40 in. X-axis) the total was
$99,000; vertical machining centers
(over 40 in. X) amounted to
$164,000; and vertical machining
centers (five or more axes) reached
Moving onto horizontal machining centers,
according to the association ’s records, horizontal machining
centers (up to four-axis) recorded a
total of $409,000; horizontal
machining centers (five or more
axes) reached a dollar figure of
$1,104,000; milling machines
totalled $144,000; horizontal boring
mills amounted to $650,000; and
vertical boring mills reached a total
In the EDM area, wire EDMs
totalled $153,000; sinker EDMs
were $146,000; grinders amounted
to $582,000; coordinate measuring
machines (CMMs) reached
$96,000; and saws reached a total of
$86,000.The average booked order
for conventional metal cutting was
$16,700. The CNC fabricating
machine tool average order was: press brakes, $98,000;shears, $52,000;turret
$449,000; single end punches, $120,000; profile laser
cutting, $720,000; profile plasma cutting, $219,000;
profile water jet cutting, $230,000; and other items,
Conventional fabricating machine tools averaged
$18,000 and metal stamping orders averaged $18,500.
Overall, the largest increases have been in CNC hori
zontal spindle lathes, 9%in units and 17%in dollars;
vertical machining centers over 40 in X-axis, 90% in
units and 40% in dollars.
Next on the list was CNC press brakes with
10% in units and 11% in dollars while CNC shears recorded
35% in units and 29% in dollars.
Plasma profile cutting machines recorded
figures of to 250% in units and 197% in dollars while conventional
press brakes amounted to 43% in units and 5% in dollars.
We are pleased to welcome
Edge Production Supplies
Ltd., Mr.Jim Spady, president as a new member.
Our Spring Meeting and Cruise was a resounding
success as we had 100 people registered to attend for the first
time. This year, the cruise was held on the Mariposa Belle
and cruised throughout the Toronto harbour on a beautiful June
14 evening. Everyone enjoyed the networking time and relaxation
with their spouses and CMTDA members and guest.
The buffet was a choice of prime rib or chicken
along with cold salmon and other delicacies served to perfection.
The DJ supplied an ample dose of good music and a great time was
had by all.
Fabricating & Machine Tool Show Report
CMTDA once again was proud to sponsor the bi-annual Montreal
Fabricating & Machine Tool Show (MFMTS) in Montreal.You can’t
measure the success of a show based solely on the number of attendees.
This was again proven at the recent MFMTS held at Place Bonaventure
from May15-May 17.The attendance was brisk and exhibitors were very
positive.“One of the best shows for leads that we have attended
in a long
time,” said one distributor. Another exhibitor remarked, “It
has been a
long time since we have sold machines off our booth, but this show,
we have sold three. ”Several exhibitors that I spoke with indicated
not hesitate to return in two years. What is the reason? One of the
that I would like to believe is that the machine tool industry is
continuing to press ahead with solid sales and inquiries from customers.
Annual General Meeting November 15, 2006
We are pleased once again to
be able to hold our Annual
General Meeting at the Toronto
The Toronto Cricket Club has
the meeting and dinner.
This year we will have the honour of Lynne Anderson,president
of Able Machine Tool Sales Inc.
and Chairman of the American
Machine Tool Distributors ’
Association (AMTDA) in attendance.
Joining her will be John
Healy, president of AMTDA.
John will be making a presentation on current distributor
We are also pleased to have
Tom Dillon, president of Mori
Seiki U.S.A., as our second
Tom will provide a manufacturer’s insights
into selling and marketing machine tools. Put
November 15, 2006 on your calendar and plan to attend.
81th Annual Meeting
The American Machine
Tool Distributors Association ’s
(AMTDA) 81st annual meeting with the theme, “The
Distributor Revolution ” was held April 9-12 at the Don
CeSar Beach Resort, St.Pete Beach, FL. The event was a success and
featured a record attendance since 2002.
The program covered various
topics including China; Builder-Distributor Relations; and the
Changing Face of Distribution. Presentations were also made by
John Healy, president of AMTDA and John Byrd III, president of
AMT. The association elected Lynne Anderson, president, Able
Machine Tool Sales Inc., Agawam, MA as Chairman for the
coming year. Congratulations Lynne.The USMTC report, a
joint program of AMTDA and AMT, is reporting a year to
date total of $1,437,110 million for 2006, up 22% compared
to the end of May,2005. “May’s growth in consumption
particularly encouraging because it is shared across every
region of the country", said AMTDA President Healy.
Celebrates 65 Years in 2007
The organizational meeting of the
Canadian Machine Tool Dealers Association
was held in Montreal, QC on March 25,
1942. Present were 10 companies including:
the Canadian Fairbanks-Morse Company
Ltd., Williams and Wilson Ltd., F.F. Barber
Machinery Company Ltd., J.H. Ryder
Machnery Company Ltd., T.E.Ryder
Machinery Company, Arthur Jackson
Machine Tool Company, Rudel Machinery
Company Ltd., John Bertam & Sons
Company Ltd., A.R. Williams Machinery
Company, and Canada Machinery
Corporation Ltd. Sixty-five years later, we
currently have 62 regular members, 13 associate members, and 18 honourary
members. The membership dues have risen from the
initial rate of $500 to today’s $600. To celebrate the CMTDA’s
65th anniversary, we plan to have our 2007 Spring Meeting at
Windermere House on Lake Rosseau,
Muskoka, June 16-18,2007. CMTDA first
went to Windermere House for its Spring
Meeting in 1973. Since then, Windermere
House was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in
the 1990s. We are looking for your input
regarding this meeting and would like to hear
from you. At CMTDA’s 60th anniversary at
Deerhurst Resort, we had 84 participants and
we would like to exceed that number.
October 32 - Novemner 2, 2006
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CMTDA Annual General Meeting
Toronto Cricket Club
CMTDA 65th Anniversary/
Annual Spring Meeting
CMTDA President Brian Donnelly welcomes
association members and guests aboard the cruise.
(Left) Joe Robb and Robert Jamieson,
both with Forward Precision Tools.
(Left): Charlie Hardie with Advanced
Fabricating Machinery and wife Mary.
(Left to right): Jay and Janice Summers,
and Ron Roberts, all representing Mitutoyo Canada.
(Left to right): Steve Hawker, Toshiba
Machine; Paul Beattie and SteveRendl, both with Wells Fargo
Equipment Finance, and James Bonnellwith Toshiba Machine.
(Left to right): Michael Carr, Elliott-Matsuura,
Dorne Collison, vice president and David Collison, president,
both with SMS Machine Tools.
CMTDA’s Purpose and Objectives
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.
promote friendly business relations among its members
provide means whereby problems 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
stimulate growth in the use of machine tools and secure wider
markets for these tools
advertise the industry and the specific advantages attainable
through the use of machine tools
make available information which will assist users and prospective
users to obtain properly selected machine tools
collect and disseminate statistics on market capacity and other
exchange information among members for the purpose of reducing
distribution costs and eliminating waste and duplication of efforts
enable the members, as a group, to discuss with the government,
if need be, tariff problems and other issues relating to machine
Board of Directors
Donnelly, Ferro Technique Ltd.
Neiman, Neiman Machinery Sales Inc
Carr, Elliot Matsuura Can.Ltd.
Moeglich, UBJ-Boehringer Inc.
Robb, Forward Precision Tools Ltd.
Carroll, MC Machinery Canada
Schill, DMG Canada Inc.
Stebner, Ackhurst Machinery Limited
|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 monthly orders booked
data in the format set out
by the Corporation. Contact the CMTDA at P.O.Box
262, Minden, ON K0M 2K0. Phone (705)286-6921 or
A.M.T. Machine Tools Ltd.
A.W. Miller Technical Sales Canada
Acme Saw Ltd.
Advanced Fabricating Machinery Inc.
Akhurst Machinery Ltd.
All Fabrication Machinery Ltd.
Amada Canada Ltd.
Barer Engineering Co.
Cahmac International Machinery Inc.
Canadian Hardinge Machine Tools
Canadian Industrial Publishing
Canadian Measurement-Metrology Inc.
CIT Financial Ltd.
CML Machinery Inc.
DMG Canada Inc.
Edge Production Supplies Ltd.
Elite Machinery Limited
Elliott Matsuura (Canada) Inc.
Ellison Machinery Company
EMEC Machine Tools Inc.
Empire Machinery & Tools Ltd.
Fagor Automation Canada
Ferro Technique Ltd.
Finn-Power Canada Ltd.
Forward Precision Tools Ltd.
G.E. Capital Canada Equipment Financing
Gilbert C. Storey Machinery Ltd.
Graham Machine Sales & Service Inc.
Gross Machinery Group
Haco Canada Ltd.
Hartford Technology Ltd.
H.H. Roberts Machinery Ltd.
Huron Canada Inc.
Ian Jones Sales Ltd.
Industrial Machinery Exchange Inc.
Iscar Tools Inc.
KBC Tools and Machinery Inc.
LaMarche Machinery Inc.
Machine Tool Systems Inc.
Machineries BV Ltee.
Matcom Industrial Installations Inc.
MC Machinery Canada
Metalworking Production & Purchasing
Mitutoyo Canada Inc.
Neiman Machinery Sales Inc.
Paine Machine Tool Inc.
Paramount Machinery Inc.
Parpas America Inc.
Powermaster Machinery Ltd.
Renishaw (Canada) Ltd.
Sirco Machinery Co. Ltd.
SMS Machine Tools Ltd.
Spark & Co. Inc.
Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd.
Top Tech Machinery Ltd.
Toshiba Machine Co. Canada Ltd.
Ultra Machine Sales Ltd.
Upton & Sullivan Co. Ltd.
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance
Westway Machinery Ltd.
William M. Brennan Co. (1978) Ltd.
Yervant Industriel/AL Inc.