The Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA), in partnership with the Canadian Association of Moldmakers, Automate Canada, and the Niagara Industrial Association, conducted a survey to measure the effects of border closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic within the manufacturing industry
The results show that over two-thirds of manufacturers have lost business amounting to 10s of millions of dollars due to issues at the Canada/U.S. border. Eighty per cent of survey respondents revealed they require their U.S.-based customers or suppliers to visit their facility for project inspections, sign-offs or technical support or service.
“Manufacturing is essential. Manufacturers produce food, pharmaceutical goods and common products so important to our daily lives,” said Shelley Fellows, Chair, Automate Canada. “The tool and die, mould making and industrial automation sectors are vital pillars of support for manufacturing, as they provide equipment, software, services and tools to keep manufacturing running.”
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