Business & Economic Development - Sectors

Agribusiness Manufacturing & Technology

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Sector Structure

Size: A major segment of the Advanced Manufacturing cluster, agribusiness manufacturing and technology shipments are estimated to exceed $1 billion. As much as 70% is exported with the majority bound for United States market destinations, particularly the Upper Midwest. Comprising in excess of 250 Manitoba-based firms, this diverse yet integrated industry sector employs an estimated 5,800 people.

Dominant Activities, Structure & Concentration:

Predominant activities are the production of equipment and technology, and the provision of related services for all aspects of crop and livestock production, with a focus on the grain-based value chain.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are supported by a large and diverse network of OEM suppliers producing quality-assured components, sub-assemblies, spare parts and precision services. OEM suppliers alone number more than 80 and also supply the aerospace, building products, construction/off-highway, recreational vehicle and transportation industry sectors.


  • Beyond the sector's North American market focus a strong nucleus of firms export to developing offshore markets. Manitoba-made agricultural solutions can be found in well over 50 country markets worldwide. Priority market regions include: Central Asia, Eastern/Western Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Capabilities and Products


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  • Tractors and Power
  • Windrowers/Swathers
  • Fertilizing and Spraying
  • Seeding and Tillage
  • Harvesting
  • Haying and Livestock
  • Loaders – Front-End


  • Grain and Bulk Storage
  • Aeration and Drying
  • Bulk Handling and Weighing – Truck and Railcar
  • Commodity Sampling, Grading and Testing
  • Conveying and Handling
  • Dust and Pollution Control
  • Grain Cleaning and Separation
  • Industrial Blowers
  • Precision Instrumentation and Controls
  • Professional Services – Design/Build
  • Project Management
  • Truck Bodies and Trailers
  • Turnkey Construction



  • Precision Metal Fabrication
  • Machining and Grinding
  • Fasteners and Wire Products
  • Cab Enclosures
  • Castings
  • Hydraulic Cylinders
  • Decals, Labels and Striping
  • Flighting
  • Gear Boxes
  • Hubs, Wheels and Spindles
  • Paints, Coatings and Sealants
  • Plastic, Polyurethane and Composites
  • Electronic and Wire Harness Assemblies
  • Electronic Monitoring, Instrumentation/Controls


  • Consulting & Marketing
  • Education & Training
  • Financing Institutions
  • Government Departments & Agencies
  • Industry-Focused Associations
  • Prototype Design & Manufacturing
  • Research & Development
  • Supply Contracting Equipment – Rental/Lease
  • Testing & Evaluation

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Competitive Strengths

Clustering of diverse agribusiness industry capabilities

Grain Bin - Click for larger imageIn addition to significant agribusiness manufacturing and technology activity, Manitoba is the focal point for Canada’s grain-based industries: commodities, transportation and marketing; regulatory agencies; value-added processing; manufacturing; process technology; consulting engineers; turnkey construction; training and education. Winnipeg, Manitoba is home to most of Canada’s major grain marketing companies and a myriad of industry support groups which has created a unique and comprehensive level of industry integration and synergy.

Additionally, the proximity of Manitoba’s agribusiness related manufacturers -- to each other, to national players in other sectors of agribusiness activity, and to the demanding western Canadian agricultural marketplace – has fueled the innovation that has made Manitoba a world-class producer and exporter of leading-edge dryland farming technology.

Export of agricultural technologies and capabilities

Storage - click for larger imageAgri-Tec International Inc., headquartered in Winnipeg, is a Canadian agribusiness industry consortium that provides to international markets a single source for Canadian grain handling, storage and processing technology and expertise. Agri-Tec provides design/build construction of turnkey grain handling and storage facilities. Agri-Tec's capabilities also include the design, engineering and complete turnkey operations for feed mills, flourmills, seed conditioning plants and malt facilities.

Low Manufacturing Costs

Dryer - click for larger imageIn its 2006 Competitive Alternatives study, KPMG profiled a number of manufacturing centres located throughout the G-7 nations, and found overall business costs for a typical manufacturing enterprise in Winnipeg were among the lowest for cities studied in the North American Midwest.


  • The emergence of larger-acreage corporate farms has led to the development of new GPS-based information technology (geomatics) to optimize cost-effectiveness and farm management efficiencies.
  • Large Tractor Click for larger imageThe rationalization of western Canada's grain transportation system continues to drive product innovation and new technological developments in grain handling with manufacturers striving to meet the ever-increasing needs of producers as they diversify their farming operations.

Manitoba manufacturers of tractors, harvesting equipment and grain handing technology are prominent and major contributors to Canada’s rapid growth in agribusiness manufacturing and technology exports to the emerging Central Asia market, particularly Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.


Manitoba Trade & Investment, a division of Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade
Phone: 204-945-2466
Fax: 204-957-1793

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