CMTDA hosts annual general meeting

Show discussed overall trend for the industry, as well as the upcoming Canadian Manufacturing and Technology Show.

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The Canadian Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (CMTDA) held their annual general meeting November 22, at The Country Club in Woodbridge, Ontario.

The CMTDA President Frank Haydar addressed the group and discussed the state of the industry in his speech.

“Returning from IMTS 2012, I continue to view the near future of our industry with great expectations. The attendance surpassed 100,000 visitors – an increase of almost 22 per cent over the 2010 event. Those of us who were there came back energized and full of optimism,” he said.

As discussed though, the overall trend for the industry (following a boom year in 2011) was a fairly flat this year. CNC metal cutting machine sales were down by 4 per cent, though metal forming presses were up by 16 per cent.

(click to enlarge) CMTDA Board from left to right: Peter Turton, (Executive Director, CMTDA), Robert Dunbar, (Ellison Technologies), Daniel Medera, (DMG Canada), Frank Haydar, (President CMTDA), John Manley, (Machine Tools Systems Inc.), Tejal Mehta, (EMEC Machine Tools Inc.), Ray Buxton, (Mazak Canada)

Following the President’s report, CMTDA Executive Director Peter Turton addressed the committee’s financial reports and the Society for Manufacturing Engineer’s Nick Samain discussed the upcoming Canadian Manufacturing and Technology Show.

The meeting portion of the event concluded with keynote speaker Paul Davis speaking about digital security and social media, emphasizing risks in wireless connectivity and Internet communication. “Every time you use communications or visit a website, the information is retained,” declared Davis, adding, “Everywhere you go, you leave a digital trail”.

The meeting was followed by a reception with dinner and drinks for all attendees.

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Nick Healey is the Assistant/Web Editor for Canadian Metalworking magazine. He has experience in fabrication shops in Ontario and Western Australia. He has a degree in Political Science and English from Bishop's University in Quebec. He can be reached at:

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