|CMTDA President’s Message|
Our keynote speaker, Mr. Ralph Nappi, president of the American Machine Tool Distributors Association (AMTDA) gave us an extremely informative presentation on the "Current Forces Impacting the Machine Tool Industry".
Our thanks to the Board of Trade for a super job as usual, and special thanks to the media at CM&M, MP&P, and CIP for their continued support at the CMTDA functions in supplying the refreshments.
The machine tool industry is continuing to expand at a good pace in Canada with our running index ahead of last year by 10% for numbers of units sold. Further, conditions continue to look promising well into 2001.
There are however significant challenges facing the manufacturer and therefore in turn the machine tool industry. Costs continue to escalate for raw material and labor as well as general business expenses.
competition is fierce and most companies face downward pressure from ever
demanding customers. To remain competitive and actually remain in business,
manufacturers are forced to continuously strive for productivity improvements,
innovation, and drive for higher value products and services.
This past April I attended the AMTDA annual general meeting and educational conference. The educational benefit was excellent. The topics covered were challenging and certainly sparked many ideas related to the daily operation of our type of business. Further, the interaction with many machine tool peers from all over North America proved very refreshing. If you are at all able, I highly recommend this annual three day conference. I take this opportunity to say a special thank you to Mr. Bryan Sullivan who has acted as director for the CMTDA for the past 4 years. His devotion and time freely given to the betterment of this association is appreciated. I am pleased to welcome Mr. Darren Carroll, Vice President of Ossco Machine Sales, as director. Darren will assume the position vacated by Bryan.
On a social note, mark your calendars for June 7,2001, the date of our annual spring cruise. This event continues to gain popularity and it is certainly a fun evening of dining and dancing. Additionally we are working on a golf day for next summer, more information to follow. Again I urge all members to become involved in the association. Ideas, suggestions and concerns are always welcome. Thanks to all the directors for their input and help this past year and as always a big "Merci Beaucoup" to Jim Burrows for his sincere dedication to this organization. Have a very safe and joyous holiday season.
|Metal Cutting Records Significant Gains, Fabricating Shows Continued Strength|
CMTDA Executive Director Jim Burrows
While conventional metal cutting and fabricating machine tools have gained over 1999, CNC metal cutting has soared ahead by over 20%.
The average value per unit in the CNC metal cutting area amounted to $192,000 for lathes, $184,000 for vertical machining centers, and $454,000 for horizontal machining centers.
For horizontal boring mills, the average value per unit was $659,000 while vertical boring mills amounted to $620,000.
Turning to wire EDMs, the average value per unit was $234,000 while sinker EDMs totalled $138,000, and grinders were $279,000.
Conventional metal cutting machines had an average order of $18,000, while fabricating machinery averaged $49,000, except for profile cutting which averaged $607,000 per order. Metal stamping and forming had approximately equal units to 1999, but their average order increased to $84,000, more than double the previous
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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.
Any individual, partnership, firm, company or corporation may be elected to membership in the CMTDA by an affirmative vote of not less than a simple majority (i.e. 51%) of the members in good standing when such vote is taken. To qualify for regular membership an applicant is required to:
Maintain an office or other recognized place of business; represent at least one recognized manufacturer of machine tools on an exclusive basis in a designated territory; carry its own accounts; be established and actively engaged in the distribution of machine tools in Canada for at least one year at the time of application for membership is made; does at least 51% of its business in new machinery; provide monthly orders booked data in the format set out by the association.
To qualify for associate membership an applicant is required to: maintain an office or other recognized place of business; provide equipment/services ancillary or complementary to machine tools; carry its own accounts.
Application for membership is to be in writing to the president who will submit it to the first general meeting and not later than the next annual meeting. Contact the CMTDA at PO Box 262, Minden, ON KOM 2KO Phone: (705)286-6921 Fax: (705) 286-6905
CMTDA hired Watson Wyatt to conduct a compensation survey for their members. Watson Wyatt is an independent global company specializing in this type of service. The survey was patterned after AMTDA’s survey which has been very successful for many years. It highlights all areas from management compensation to office staff, including outside sales, inside sales and service. Seventeen members participated in the survey including: 600 Machine Tools, AMT Machine Tools, A.W. Miller Technical Sales, Cahmac Int’l. Machinery, Elliott-Matsuura Canada, Hascotech, Ian Jones Sales, Modern Tool (BC) Ltd., Neiman Machinery, SMS Machine Tools Ltd., Swiss Instruments / Belmag Machinery, Stan-Canada, Thomas Skinner and Son Ltd., Toshiba Machine Co., Upton Bradeen & James., Upton & Sullivan, and Westway Machinery. The survey was very informative and members were only charged $100.00 with the Association picking up the remainder of the cost. We urge all members to consider participating next year as it is planned to have the survey again in 2001. Call and talk to one of the members listed above regarding it’s value.
The second biennial Canadian Fabricating & Stamping Machinery Show (CFSM) was very succesful, particularly from a logistical standpoint, Kurt Neiman, Director, Trade Shows, with the Canadian Machine Tool Distributors Association, said during a presentation at the association’s recent annual meeting. CFSM was held in Toronto October 17-19 at the National Trade Centre. Attendance was up this year (6,564 visitors from 2,889 companies vs. 5,400 visitors from 2,400 companies in 1998). The show comprised a total of 116,000 net sq. ft. featuring 325 exhibitors. Overall, the show was very successful, especially the logistics. As a long time exhibitor in the Canadian Machine Tool Show, Montreal Fabricating and Machine Tool Show and CFSM, I can say that I have never exhibited at a show where the move-in times were on schedule. However, at CFSM move-in times were not only on schedule, but in most cases, an hour ahead of schedule. Even the electrical and pneumatic connections, sign hanging, etc. went extremely well. Bob Mathieu of Reed Exhibition Companies did a wonderful job of ensuring that the move-in/move-out experience was as smooth and painless as possible. This year’s show was the first which used the “marshalling yard” concept whereby all trucks delivering machinery/goods had a designated move-in time. You moved in at your scheduled time, or you went to the back of the line. This method has long been used in U.S. shows and has worked well. The marshalling yard will be put to the test for the larger CMTS being held in October, 2001. Ensure that your exhibition crew is ready and on time for an easy move in. The CMTDA is proud to be a sponsor of these shows. This was the second year that the CMTDA sponsored the CFSM Show, and our membership realizes the benefits of exhibiting in a CMTDA-sponsored show. For further information, contact Kurt Neiman (CMTDA Director – Trade Shows) at 905-715-7776, or Bob Mathieu at Reed Exhibition at 416-491-3999 ext. 701.
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600 Group Equipment Ltd.
A.M.T. Machine Tools Ltd.
A. W. Miller Technical Sales Canada
Acme Saw Ltd.
Advanced Fabricating Machinery Inc.
Akhurst Machinery Ltd.
Amada Canada Ltd.
Amcan Machine Tool Technology Inc.
Barer Engineering Co.
Cahmac Int’l Machinerie Inc.
CIT Financial Ltd.
Compumachine Canada Inc.
CML Machinery Inc.
Crown Hollander Inc.
DMG Canada Inc.
Elliott Matsuura (Canada) Inc.
Ellison Machinery Company
EMEC Machine Tools Inc.
Ferro Technique 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.
H. H. Roberts Machinery Ltd.
Heinman Machinery Ltd.
Hitachi Seiki U.S.A. Inc.
Ian Jones Sales Ltd.
Industrial Machinery Exchange Inc.
Iscar Tools Inc.
KBC Tools & Machinery Inc.
M. Jahn Machine Tools Inc.
Machine Tool Systems Inc.
Modern Tool (BC) Ltd.
Neiman Machinery Sales Inc.
Orix Credit Alliance Canada Ltd.
Ossco Machine Sales
Paine Machine Tool Inc.
Parpas America Inc.
Powermaster Machinery Ltd.
Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Bank Leasing
Sirco Machinery Co. Ltd.
SMS Machine Tools Ltd.
Stock machine-outiles du Quebec
Swiss Instruments Ltd.
Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd.
Toshiba Machine Co. Canada Limited
Upton & Sullivan Co. Limited
Upton Bradeen & James Inc.
Westway Machinery Limited
Yervant Industriel/AL Inc.
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