Growth, Enterprise and Trade
Heavy Vehicle Manufacturing
Size: The sector is a significant part of Manitoba`s $1.9 billion transportation equipment manufacturing industry, which is the province`s second largest manufacturing industry. The sector employs an estimated 6,500 persons and accounts for about 10% of Manitoba’s annual exports.
Structure & Concentration:
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Manitoba Your Investment Destination in the Heavy Vehicle Industry (1.34 MB PDF)
Original Equipment Manufacture:
- bus assembly
- fire engines
- step vans
Component supplies and services:
- metal supply and fabrication
- castings and machining
- plastic & rubber processing
- finishes (coatings, electroplating & decals)
- components for military vehicles
- Manitoba's heavy vehicle manufacturing sector represents a cluster of OEMs, suppliers and research institutions that is unique in Western Canada. Supplier capabilities include foundries, metal fabrication and machining, plastics, rubber and composites processing, and electrical and electronic component design and manufacture.
- The largest and most comprehensive institute of applied learning in Manitoba, Red River College is home to Manitoba’s Advanced Transportation and Energy Centre – a 3,000 sq. ft. facility for research in emissions reduction and the use of renewable fuels for the transportation sector – and the new Electric Vehicle Technology and Education Centre, which supports the development of electric vehicles in Manitoba.
- The Composites Innovation Centre conducts research and development in the application of composite materials in manufacturing industries, focusing on aerospace, ground transportation, bio-materials, and civil infrastructure. Projects are performed in partnership with industry, government agencies, and educational establishments.
- Western Canada Testing (WesTest), in Portage la Prairie, designs, tests and develops machinery for equipment manufacturers. WesTest recently opened a new Vehicle Performance Centre which broadens its capabilities to test many aspects of vehicle design and performance.
- Winnipeg`s Industrial Technology Centre has for 30 years provided advanced technical research and testing for a variety of clients in a diverse range of sectors including aerospace, transportation, health, and energy.
- Manitoba`s Vehicle Technology Centre is a non-profit organization, led by representatives of the key manufacturers in Manitoba’s Heavy Vehicle cluster. The VTC fosters technological advancement within the cluster through collaboration, support and advocacy.
In response to increasing demand for sustainable transportation, the goals of reduced emissions, increased fuel efficiency and development of new, alternative modes of propulsion are top-of-mind issues for Manitoba’s vehicle OEM’s. New Flyer is a leader in the commercialization of alternative propulsion systems, and produces buses using ultra-low sulphur diesel, CNG, LNG, hydrogen fuel cells, and hybrid buses. New Flyer has now begun development of a battery electric bus as part of a consortium that also includes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Manitoba Hydro, Red River College and the Province of Manitoba.
W.J. (Bill) Teerhuis
Manitoba Trade and Investment
1100 - 259 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 3P4
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