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Strategy, partnership win Toyota plant
It's not often that a cohesive strategy and a desire to form a long
term partnership will win the day over the tried-and-true combination
of tax breaks, ready available cash and free land but that was the case
when Toyota Motor Corp. recently announced its decision to invest $800
million to build an auto assembly plant in Woodstock, ON.
During the past decade Canada, and in particular, Ontario, has
watched helplessly while a flood of new investment in auto assembly
plants has gone to the U.S. south lured by a combination of low taxes,
subsidies, and other financial inducements.
In fact, Toyota's decision to build its new assembly plant in
Woodstock marks the first auto assembly facility to be constructed on a
greenfield site in Canada in almost two decades.
It has only been in recent years that the Ontario and federal
governments along with the Canadian automotive sector including labour
and the academic community came to the realization that attracting new
investment in automotive assembly plants was too big and too important
a job to leave to any one stakeholder.
The various groups have come together during the past few years to
develop a common strategy to attract these crucial investments that
will be critical to ensure the long term financial health of the
In particular, it was the Ontario government's decision to
aggressively pursue new auto assembly plant investment that ultimately
proved to be critical in securing Toyota's new auto assembly plant.
Ontario's announcement last year that it was introducing a $500
million, five-year fund to help win new automotive plant investment and
retain existing plants didn't hurt either.
In fact, Ontario is contributing $70 million while Ottawa is
contributing $55 million to the Toyota project. Toyota's new assembly
plant will employ 1,300 workers. The plant will build Toyota's RAV4 SUV.
At the press conference to announce the Toyota project, Ontario
Premier Dalton McGuinty emphasized the importance of Toyota's decision.
"Make no mistake about it, Ontario is in the auto sector race and we
are in it to win. I believe that Toyota's choice today sends a message
to the world: Ontario's the place to be," said McGuinty.
A carefully conceived strategy working in combination with strategic
partnerships amongst the key Canadian automotive stakeholders will
continue to ensure that Ontario will be the place to be for the global
auto industry in the future.
Renishaw opens Canadian facility
importance of the Canadian market and a desire to enhance its service
to Canadian manufacturers recently prompted Renishaw (Canada) Limited
to open a new facility in Mississauga, ON.
"The decision was taken by Renishaw to invest quite heavily in this
facility because in order to grow the market and support the customers
here, we needed to have local knowledge and local representation of
Renishaw here in Canada," says Dafydd Williams, general manager of
"The Canadian market is very important to Renishaw. We wouldn't be
spending the money that we have (if it wasn't)," states Philip Smith,
technical sales manager with Renishaw (Canada).
Establishing the new facility will provide Renishaw with new
opportunities in the Canadian market, adds Williams. "For example, in
the area of new technologies, we will be able to deliver new technology
to the Canadian marketplace with the technical backup that is required
and much, much faster. We will also be able to do a better job of
supporting our distribution channels here in Canada." The new facility,
which has seven employees, is 12,000 sq. ft.
September 30-October 2, 2005 - Canadian Machine, Tool & Mould Federation Conference and Annual General Meeting, Hilton Hotel, Windsor, ON. For further information contact the CAMM office at (519) 255-7863.
October 4-5, 2005 - Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Certificate Program-Associate and Professional,
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. For futher information
contact the Society of Manufacturing Engineers at (313) 271-1500 or
October 17-20, 2005 - Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show, National Trade Centre, Toronto, ON. For further information contact Reed Exhibitions at (416) 491-7565 or visit www.reedexpo.ca
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Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA. For futher information
contact the Society of Manufacturing Engineers at (313) 271-1500 or
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