Well here we are halfway through 2008 and our challenges in
Ontario continue on. On a
positive note the rest of Canada which
includes Western Canada, Quebec and
the Maritimes show an increase in the
metal cutting sector. Unfortunately
fabricating numbers are down in both
dollars and units across the country.
With our dollar remaining strong
and our manufacturing sector shrinking in Ontario I believe we will continue to face very tough economic conditions. Hopefully over the next short
while the realization of a higher quality
produced North American vehicle will
help the automakers stem their loss
of market share to overseas vehicles.
With the U.S. election looming it also
should have a positive effect on the
North American economy.
On a positive note I recently attended MMTS in Montreal and heard
some very positive feedback. Everyone
that I spoke to were very pleased with
the traffic at the show and a number of
them sold machines off the floor. This
they said had not happened in a long
time. All of the exhibitors I spoke with
plan on returning in 2010.
Also we just had our annual spring cruise
on June 11th and it was held onboard the
Mariposa Belle. Unfortunately I was overseas
at the time but I heard a fabulous evening
was had by all the attendees again. This has
been turning out to be a great evening for a
number of years and hopefully we can keep
increasing the attendance. My thanks to John
Manley for filling in for me in my absence and
to Metalworking Production and Purchasing
magazine, Canadian Metalworking magazine, Canadian Industrial Machinery magazine and SME for being sponsors for the
I will be finishing my three years as
President of CMTDA in November and I
feel honored to have been able to represent
our association over this time. I look forward
to continuing on with the board in the role
of Past President. John Manley your Vice
President will assume the role as President
at this time and will no doubt bring the
same enthusiasm to the President's position
as he has to his role as a CMTDA director.
Also I would like to thank Kurt Neiman
who has assisted me over the past three years
in his role as Past President. Kurt has been
an active Board member over the years and
has always given valuable input to it. His
insight will be missed.
I will end by wishing everyone a safe
and healthy summer and I look forward to
seeing you at our Annual General Meeting
on November 13th at the Country Club
|Machine Tool Sales show
improvement in all areas of Canada except Ontario
CMTDA monthly statistics show the number of units in Canada down
slightly to 2007 but the dollar figure up by 18%.. Atlantic Region, Quebec
and Western Canada all show gains, however the Ontario market is only
in the 80% range of 2007.
Average order size in CNC metalcutting was: horizontal spindle lathes,
$138,000; vertical spindle lathes, $154,000; multi tasking lathes, $324,000;
vertical machining centers to 40 in. X, $ 111,000; vertical machining centers
over 40 in. X, $ 205,000; vertical machining centers, five or more axis,
$694,000; horizontal machining centers to four axis, $379,000; horizontal
machining centers, five or more axis, $1,666,000; milling machines, $42,000;
horizontal boring mills, $822,000; vertical boring mills, $616,000; EDM
wire, $147,000; EDM sinker, $87,000; grinders, $173,000; CMMs, $158,000;
and saws, $43,000.
The average order for a conventional
cutting machine tool was $115,000.
Orders for fabrication machinery are at a
reduced level in both units and dollars.
Units in Canada are lower by 21% and the
numbers are lower by 11%. The average
order size for CNC machines were:
press brakes, $1113,000; shears, $449,000;
turret punches, $4486,000; profile laser cutting,
595,000; profile plasma cutting,
$667,000, profile water jet cutting, $230,000;
and tube benders, $49,000.
|Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show
CMTDA once again was proud to sponsor this bi-annual show in Montreal.
It is not just the number of attendees that decide whether a show will be
successful or not. This was recently proven at the recent Montreal Show held
at Place Bonaventure from May 12 thru May 14.
The attendance was brisk and all of the comments heard from distributors
were very positive. Comments such as “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 ”.
A number of exhibitors that I spoke with also 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 continuing to press ahead
with solid sales and encouraging inquiries from customers, especially in the
Quebec market. Whatever the reasons are, it is a nice trend and one that I know we all hope continues.
This was the first Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show run by SME.
They report a total of 6,055 attendees, not including media, students or
exhibitors. Machine shops and tool and die lead the list with 1,357. Other
significant groups came from aircraft and aerospace, industrial and commercial
machinery and fabricated metals/stamping. 72% of attendees approve, evaluate
or recommend purchases.
We are pleased to welcome
a new member since our
Welcome to CLE Leasing
Enterprise Ltd., Burlington, ON,
Jack Marandola, President.
The CMTDA Annual Spring
Meeting was held aboard the
Mariposa Belle on June 11 and a
record number of 104 attendees
registered for the event.The
weather was spectacular once
again and along with good food,
music and some stories shared by
members and guests, a great time
was had by all. Many thanks to
our sponsors, Metalworking
and Purchasing magazine,
magazine, Canadian Industrial
Machinery magazine and SME
Canada. While our President,
Brian Donnelly was not able to
attend, John Manley did an excellent
job of welcoming all aboard.
We are all looking forward to
our next event which is our Annual
General Meeting on November
13th. It will be held at the Country
Club in Woodbridge, Ontario at
4:00 P.M. We will be having two
speakers, committee reports along
with the usual President ’s
Reception and dinner. Please mark
your calendar and plan to attend.
|AMTDA ’s Annual Meeting: Livin’ the Dream
The Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Machine
Tool Distributors’ Association will be held at the
Country Club, Lloyd Street, Woodbridge ON on Nov.
15, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.
We will have a full program in November as we have
an election of Officers along with our committee
reports. Our election takes place every two years and
should you wish to nominate a member with their
consent, please advise the CMTDA office.
We will also have two speakers presenting their
thoughts regarding the machine tool industry. One
speaker will come from Doosan Infracore and the
other from MAG Industrial Automation Systems. We
look forward to meeting you at that time.
|CMTDA / AMTDA PROPOSE FURTHER COOPERATION
Our two sister associations are working together to further benefit members
and the overall promotion of machine tools and the quality of their information.
In an effort to extend benefits to both sides of the border, the
proposal is as follows:
- CMTDA/AMTDA will share monthly data and press releases.
- AMTDA will send their monthly newsletter to any CMTDA member who
requests it for a fee of $224.00. If they were willing to accept email only delivery,
they would be happy to provide this for free.
- AMTDA will offer CMTDA members in good standing the AMTDA member rate
to any training/trade event that AMTDA produces.This includes their Annual
Meeting, Regional Meetings and Sales training programs.
- CMTDA members in good standing will have access to the AMTDA Webinars at
the AMTDA member price.
- CMTDA members in good standing will have access to the AMTDA/CMTSE
training at the AMTDA member cost.This includes the training manuals, on-line
resources, exam and credentials. The shipping fee for the manuals would be
paid by the participant.
- CMTDA members will have access to the AMTDA on-line courses at the AMTDA
member cost. AMTDA have roughly 25 on-line courses hosted by
- AMTDA have a new publication that they are producing quarterly called
ToolTRENDS. It includes USMTC data,economic indicators for the USA, an economic forecast
from Steve Kline of Gardner Publications and from Alan Beulieu,
their economist from their AGM.
CMTDA members could receive the print version
for $65.00 per year or free for the electronic version.
We look forward to working together with AMTDA as we have in the past and
would appreciate your thoughts if you wish to send them to the CMTDA office.
September 8 – 13, 2008
November 13, 2008,
CMTDA Annual General Meeting
The Country Club
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.
|John Manley, Machine Tool Systems Inc.
Neiman, Neiman Machinery Sales Inc
Carr, Elliot Matsuura Can.Ltd.
Moeglich, UBJ-Boehringer Inc.
|Steve Fitz, SparQuetec Inc
|Bill Mara, Emec Machine Tools Inc.
|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
|CMTDA Annual Spring Meeting/Cruise
June 11, 2008
(Left): Carole Edgar and Buell Manning.
(Left): Juergen Moeglich and Donna Snider,
both with MAG IAS Canada.
(Left to right): Ornella Jamieson, Robert Jamieson, and Barbara Jamieson,all representing Forward 600 Precision Tools
|Assembly and design of the CMTDA Newsletter courtesy of MP&P,CLB Media Inc.•Editor:Jim Burrows.