Canadian Manufacturing’s top five quotes from Q3 2022
by Madalene Arias
This time Canadian Manufacturing had the pleasure of meeting with some of the industry's leaders face to face.
The demand for more frontline workers on factory floors, sustainable development and building supply chain resiliency continue to be important themes in Canada’s manufacturing sector. Here are some memorable words from the last quarter, form manufacturing executives that were interviewed by Canadian Manufacturing.
“Where’s your company going to be in five years? And how are you going to utilize and keep up with the changing policies and the demand? I think, for understanding where your supply chain is going to be at a time of climate change, how you’re going to measure those emissions, how you’re going to report, you’re going to see companies really benefit from having those answers.” said Kate Flynn, general manager for the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College, speaking about how additive manufacturing research helps to build supply chain resiliency and addresses sustainability concerns through a reduced carbon footprint in manufacturing.
“The banned plastics are heavily used in the retail consumer market and they end up in landfills and in our water systems so it makes sense to ban, but the Canadian government has provided alternative solutions to change consumer actions. The ban might be a little premature.” said Calvin Mazurenko, Managing Director at Berry Global, reacting to the federal government’s decision to ban manufactured plastics.
“Fifty per cent of our factory assets are aging, so we’re looking to upgrade those, allowing us to increase production and meet growing demand from our customers. We also foresee an increase in headcount in the double digits as a result of these investments, split between frontline factory workers and in our office,” TJ Kanaris, president of Select Food Products, speaking about recent investment and upgrades announced by the company in an attempt to grow and expand its presence across Ont.
“Reorganization of manufacturing, onshoring of manufacturing is very important to guarantee supply, and that’s why we built our factory in Montreal, for example. That’s why we’re building the glove factory in Canada as an example. Building even stronger relationship with suppliers, with redundancy. We will favour suppliers who have redundancy and resiliency themselves.” said Guillaume Laverdure, CEO of Medicom, speaking about the company’s growth plans with a specific focus on supply chain resiliency and having suppliers in North America.
“Among the many benefits of additive manufacturing, our customers appreciate that this emerging manufacturing process supports their environmental sustainability goals by significantly reducing material waste and overall carbon emissions.” said Yevgeni Brif, business development manager at Burloak Technologies Inc., speaking about clients with specific sustainability goals who are increasingly turning to additive manufacturing because of less material waste of carbon emissions produced during manufacturing.