Happy Canada Day!
Obviously, it's a very different celebration this year, just as it'll be very different on the south side of the border (or north side of the border, if you're in downtown Detroit) for the July 4 holiday weekend this year.
I thought this would be a good time to circle back around to how COVID-19 is continuing to impact mold makers and automation companies in Canada according to regular surveys conducted by the Canadian Association of Mold Makers and Automate Canada.
The groups started surveying members weekly starting just as the coronavirus crisis hit the region. It is now doing the surveys once a month. According to the most recent survey — the ninth, released in early June — employers said they had 127 workers on temporary layoff. That's a big improvement from the third weekly survey when 2,661 workers were laid off.
In addition, about half of the companies are hiring, with 31 workers added between all of the firms.
And while 15 percent of participants said they had at least one customer notifying them they are in "serious financial distress," there are improvements on the horizon, CAMM said.
"The pendulum is swinging for manufacturing. Earlier this year, we saw greater numbers of programs being canceled or delayed. Now, the number of new [requests for quotes] is higher than the number of programs being canceled," the association said in a news release.