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CMTDA President's Message Machine Tool Machine tool sales units up 3%, dollars up 11% from 2003
CMTDA's Annual Spring Meeting
CMTDA's Purpose & Objectives
How to join the CMTDA

AMTDA reports better news

Montreal Fabricating and Machine Tool Show report 
CMTDA Members

Upcoming Events
CMTDA Board of Directors CMTDA Annual Spring Meeting
News Update
CMTDA Presidents Message

Welcome to the summer edition of the CMTDA Newsletter. Inside this issue, you will find a variety of informative articles written by the executive. I think the best news is that there are some sure signs that some sectors of the machine tool economy are making a turn in the right direction.

Numbers out of the United States for factory growth are consistently coming in at above 60 (a reading above 50 points to growth). Therefore, we can expect these factories will eventually buy equipment, with some of this spin-off growth coming to Canada. In addition, you will see the positive results reflected in the companion story on this page entitled, "Machine tool sales units up 3%, dollars up 11% from 2003."

Yet, 2004 has continued to challenge many machine tool distributors and builders. Both a strong Euro and American dollar, used machinery and many global uncertainties are contributing factors. However, we must all face these challenges and be strong and keep an eye out for opportunities.

Since my last message, the Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show, which was sponsored by CMTDA, has come and gone. Reports of quality leads and machines sold are always welcomed. A large number of CMTDA members exhibited at the show. Also, CMTDA had a booth a the show to promote our association to the industry and recruit new members.

Our annual spring meeting was held on June 10 at a new venue-Woodbine Race Track. CMTDA sponsored the sixth race and we had a draw for the ladies present to me in the winner's circle. The winner's were Julie Mathieu, Marilyn Burrows, Vera Neiman, Trudy Jahn and Kim Laudrum. The evening, which also featured dinner and betting on the horse races, was enjoyed by all.

Thank you to all of our members and guests, and our media friends for coming out to the spring meeting. A special thank you to Jim Burrows for his efforts in coordinating andscheduling the event.

Speaking of Jim, for those of you not at the meeting, Jim and Marilyn celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary on June 8. Congratulations Jim and Marily.

I would also like to take the opportunity this opportunity to welcome Sandvik Canada Inc. and Finn-Power Canada Ltd. as new members of the CMTDA.

News of our Annual Golf Tournament will be out shortly. It is scheduled for August 24 at Pheasant run in Newmarket, ON. Keep an eye out for your invitation as this event is always an enjoyable day for members.

On behalf of the CMTDA, I wish everyone prosperity, good selling and a safe summer.

Best Regards Kurt Neiman, President

Machine tool sales units up 3%, dollars up 11% from 2003

by CMTDA Executive Director Jim Burrows

Sales for machine tools in Canada show a rise in units of 3% and in dollars of 11% at the end of April compared to 2003. Interest at the Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show was brisk, resulting in increased activity and a positive outlook.

Average order size in CNC metal cutting was: horizontal spindle lathes, $186,000; vertical spindle lathes, $402,000; ver- tical machining centers, $167,000; horizontal machining cen- ters, $463,000; boring mills, $624,000; wire EDMs, $176,000; sinker EDMs, $125,000; grinders, $239,000; and CMMs, $138,000. Three new categories added for 2004 are multi-task- ing lathes at $284,000; milling machines at $175,000; and CNC saws at $150,000.

Conventional metal cutting machine tools averaged $17,300. In the CNC fabricating area, press brakes, $93,000; turret press- es, $332,000; laser profile cutting, $597,000; and an average CNC fabricating machine was $273,000.

In the non-CNC fabricating area, the average sale was $16,000, while the metal stamping/forming area averaged $59,000. New categories added for 2004 include plasma profile cutting at $353,000; water jet profile cutting at $218,000; and Machine tool sales units up 3%, dollars up 11% from 2003other laser systems at $106,000.

Our records show a significant increase in vertical machining centers, EDM sinkers and laser profile cutting systems.

On the other hand, larger equipment like vertical and horizontal boring mills have been hit hard and numbers have decreased substantially since the peak of 2000.

Conventional metal cutting machine tools have also suffered a 8% decrease in units and 20% decrease in dollars from this period last year.

CMTDA Annual Spring Meeting 

Annual CMTDA Spring Meeting was held at the Woodbine Race Track on June 10, 2004.

The meeting was attended by nearly 100 members guests. The evening began with the President™s Reception at 5 p.m.

Kurt Neiman welcomed all attendees and everyone proceeded to have a great time along with a little wagering and an excellent buffet.

CMTDA sponsored the sixth race and we had a for the ladies present to me in the winner™s circle The winning horse in the sixth race was Sweet Count. The winners were Julie Mathieu, Marilyn Burrows, Vera Neiman, Trudy Jahn and Kim Laudrum. The networking opportunities with other members continues to be the highlight of the annual spring meeting.

We look forward to out next occasion at our tournament on August 24th and our AGM on November 17th. CMTDA Annual Spring Meeting


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 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
  • To stimulate growth in the use of machine tools and secure wider markets for these tools
  • To advertise the industry and the specific advantages attainable through the use of machine tools
  • To make available information which will assist users and prospective users to obtain properly selected 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 problems and other issues relating to machine tools.
How to join the CMTDA
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 fax (705) 286 6905.
AMTDA reports better news
AMTDA reported an increase of approximately 30% in member attendance at their spring meeting in April. Remarks at the meeting regarding business conditions were very positive from the members present. By the end of April, the United States Machine Tool Consumption reports were up 46% over last year. Hopefully, some of this attitude will rub off in our direction north of the border. Indicators are showing that supply might be the next problem. Let's hope not.

Montreal Fabricating and Machine Tool Show report 

by Brian Donnelly, CMTDA Director, Trade Shows
CMTDA once again was proud to sponsor the bi-annual Montreal Fabricating and Machine Tool Show at Place Bonaventure in Montreal from May 17-19. It is not just the number of attendees that decide whether a show will be successful or not.

Although attendance was down to 6,888 from 8,543 in 2002, distributors were very positive. Comments such as is "One of the best shows for leads that we have attended in a long time" to "It has been a long time since we have sold machines off our booth, but this show, we have sold three." Several exhibitors indicated they would not hesitate to return in two years. What is the reason? One of the factors I would like to believe is that the machine tool industry is finally coming out of the deep freeze that we have been in for the past 3 ½ years. It is a nice trend and one that I know we all hope continues.

Upcoming Events
August 24, 2004
CMTDA Annual Golf Tournament
Pheasant Run Golf Club, Newmarket, ON
September 8-15, 2004
International Manufacturing Technology Show, Chicago, IL
November 17, 2004
CMTDAAnnual General Meeting
Toronto Cricket Club

CMTDA Board of Directors
  Kurt Neiman, Neiman Machinery Sales
Past President
  Albert Leblanc, A.W. Miller Technical Sales
  Joe Robb, Foreward Precision Tools Ltd.
  Darren Carroll, Ossco Machine Sales
  Michael Carr, Elliot Matsuura Can. Ltd.
  John Manley, Machine Tool Systems Inc.
  Brian Donnelly, Ferro Technique Ltd.
  Juergen Moeglich, UBJ-Boehringer Inc.


600 Machine Tools
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.
Amcan Machine Tool Technology Inc.
Barer Engineering Co.
Cahmac Int™l Machinerie Inc.
Canadian Hardinge Machine Tools
Canadian Measurement-Metrology Inc.
CIT Financial Ltd.
CML Machinery Inc.
Cutting Systems Inc.
DMG Canada Inc.
Elliott Matsuura (Canada) Inc.
Ellison Machinery Company
EMEC Machine Tools Inc.
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.
Heinman Machinery Ltd.
Huron Canada Inc.
Ian Jones Sales Ltd.
Industrial Machinery Exchange Inc.
Iscar Tools Inc.
KBC Tools & Machinery Inc.
MF Technologies Inc.
Machine Tool Systems Inc.
Machineries BV Ltee
Machinery Canada
Matcom Industrial Installations Inc.
Megatel Inc.
Mitutoyo Canada Inc.
Neiman Machinery Sales Inc.
Omnitrade Machinery
Ossco Machine Sales
Paine Machine Tool Inc.
Parpas America Inc.
Phoenix CNC Tech.
Powermaster Machinery Ltd.
Quickmill Inc.
Royal Products
Sandvik Canada Inc.
Sirco Machinery Co. Ltd.
SMS Machine Tools Ltd.
Sparquetec Inc.
Stan-Canada Inc
Swiss Instruments Ltd.
TTL Inc.
Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd.
Toolmex Corp., Machine Tool Division
Top Tech Machinery Ltd.
Toshiba Machine Co. Canada Limited
Ultra Machine Sales Ltd.
Upton & Sullivan Co. Limited
UBJ-Boehringer Inc.
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance
Westway Machinery Limited
Yervant Industriel/AL Inc.

CMTDA Annual Spring Meeting
June 10, Woodbine Racetrack, Etobicoke, ON
The CMTDA recently held its annual spring meeting and social gathering at Woodbine Race Track in Etobicoke, ON. The meeting was attended by over 100 members and guests who enjoyed an excellent dinner and an exciting night of horse racing.
News Update

CMTDA is pleased to welcome Sandvik Canada Inc., Mississauga, ON as a new associate member and Finn-Power Canada Ltd., Etobicoke, ON as a regular member.

The new 2004 edition of the CMTDA directory is available. If you have not received a copy and

would like one, please contact the CMTDA office.

It is with deep regret that the association has to report that Arnold Tunis, an Honourary Member of the CMTDA, passed away suddenly on June 11, 2004. Arnold started in the machine tool business at age 16 with the Canadian

Fairbanks Morse Companyand progressed to become President with Robert Morse, CAE Morse and Canrep Morse. He retired on September 23, 1986 after 43 years. Arnold was born on January 6, 1927 and raised a son and daughter with his wife Jean. The CMTDA sends its condolences to Arnold's family.
Assembly and design of the CMTDA Newsletter courtesy Action Communications, publisher of MP&P and The Dealer. Editor: Jim Burrows