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Canadian manufacturing success stories: companies making waves in global markets

by Doug Walker   

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From aerospace to renewable energy, a spotlight on Canadian industry giants influencing global markets.

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Canada’s manufacturing sector is renowned for its commitment to quality, sustainability, innovation, and global competitiveness. Many homegrown companies have not only thrived domestically but also made significant inroads on the international stage. Here’s a spotlight on five Canadian manufacturers making notable strides in global markets.

Bombardier: a global leader in aerospace and transportation

Bombardier is a name that resonates with anyone familiar with the aerospace and transportation industries. Founded in 1942, this Montreal-based company has transformed from a snowmobile manufacturer to global prominence, becoming one of the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers

Their C Series aircraft, now under Airbus as the A220, revolutionized the aviation industry with its advanced materials and fuel efficiency. On the rail front, Bombardier’s high-speed trains and urban transit solutions are enhancing connectivity in major cities worldwide, emphasizing their commitment to sustainable and efficient transportation.

Linamar Corporation: automotive manufacturing with precision

From its inception in Guelph, Ontario, in 1966 as a one-man machine shop, Linamar Corporation has grown into a global automotive juggernaut. The company develops cutting-edge solutions for a diverse range of industries, including the mobility, aerial work platform, agriculture, and medical industries.

With 60 manufacturing locations globally, their commitment to innovation and quality is unmatched. By championing research and development, Linamar is not only enhancing vehicle efficiency but also propelling the industry toward a greener future.

Ballard Power Systems: hydrogen fuel cell technology

Ballard Research, Inc. was founded in 1979. After nearly a decade of researching and developing environmentally clean energy systems, the first Ballard fuel cell stack operating on pressurized air entered the industry. This drove the incorporation of Ballard Power Systems in 1989 in British Columbia. 

Their proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells have powered over 3,400 buses, trucks, and trains in 41 countries. As global demand for clean energy grows, Ballard’s commitment to zero-emission PEM fuel cells offers a promising solution, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and paving the way for clean transportation.

OpenText: enterprise information management specialists

Established in 1991, OpenText has etched its name as a global leader in information management. This Waterloo-based company offers sophisticated information management solutions equipped to handle the most complex digital transformation programs. 

They provide a wide variety of services, from data and customer management to digital automation and information security. Catering to 98% of Fortune 100 companies and 90% of the largest supply chains, OpenText is the platform of choice for the top organizations worldwide.

Brookfield Renewable: renewable energy across borders

Brookfield Renewable, a segment of Brookfield Asset Management, stands as a testament to Canada’s commitment to green energy. With a diversified portfolio of over 19,000 MW of installed capacity, they’re harnessing the power of water, wind, sun, and storage. 

The company’s recent ventures, such as the TerraForm acquisition, have expanded their renewable footprint. Now, they have a presence across 27 countries, underscoring Brookfield Renewable’s dedication to a sustainable energy future.

These Canadian manufacturers, each excelling in their respective sectors, are evident representations of the quality and innovation that define the Canadian manufacturing industry. 

Each company’s success on the global stage highlights the strength, dedication, and expertise inherent in Canadian manufacturing. As they continue to break barriers and set new benchmarks, they exemplify the spirit of Canadian ingenuity and the nation’s capability to influence and reshape global industries.

Doug Walker is a digital marketing specialist and writer at Fictiv, a manufacturing platform for sourcing design and engineering teams. 

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