Edmonton is ideally situated and very well prepared to handle the growing demand anticipated for its manufacturing sector – from both the domestic resource sector and international markets.
With a focus on metal fabrication and machinery manufacturing, Edmonton is the centre of nearly 40% of Alberta’s manufacturing – and able to fulfil demand for a range of machinery and metal fabrication from pipe and drilling tools to taps, cocks and valves.
Domestic markets remain a dominant focus for the sector and are easily serviced through outstanding connections by road, rail and air.
Edmonton is also home to some production for industrial, commercial and residential construction materials as well as a small but innovative food manufacturing sector.
Edmonton’s metal and machinery companies offer a wide variety of goods and manufacturing services. Highlights:
- drilling rigs and tools, pipe, valves, pressurized vessels, pumps, boring or sinking machinery, derricks, instrumentation and truck trailers to transport oversized goods,
- custom solutions and repairs,
- coatings and heat treatments to metals and pipes, and
- component manufacturing and module fabrication and assembly.
An excerpt from the guide to Edmonton's Industrial Assets - Metal Manufacturing Opportunities in Edmonton - contains more details on the opportunities, resources and the competitive advantages of locating your business in Edmonton.
Edmonton's Sector Highlights
- Manufacturing accounted for 10% of the Edmonton CMA’s GDP in 2010 and grew to approximately 13% in 2012, for an economic contribution of approximately $10 billion.
- Most of the 2,000 manufacturers in the region are small and medium-sized businesses.
- The sector includes 13 subsectors with fabricated metal products (23%) and machinery (15%) the dominant two.
Sources: City of Edmonton GDP by Industry, edmonton.ca, 2013; Edmonton Economic Update, June 2013
Investments in productivity and enhanced production techniques ensure local manufacturers remain competitive in the domestic market that is now attracting world-wide interest as well as traditional and emerging export markets such as the U.S., Mexico and Russia. (Productivity Alberta)
The quality and competitiveness of Edmonton’s metal manufacturing sector bodes well for a strong future.
Alberta's Sector Highlights
The majority of Alberta’s metal manufactured goods stay within Alberta to support the province’s energy sector and in 2012 these were responsible for:
While 55% of output is shipped to customers within Alberta, exports are growing:
- 15% is shipped elsewhere in Canada,
- about 30% is exported internationally,
- the U.S. is the sector’s largest export market with exports increasing to Australia, China, Russia, the Netherlands and South Korea,
- overall manufacturing exports continued a four-year growth trend to reach $22.3 billion with the following major subsectors:
- Allfab Metals Ltd. (E.S. Fox Ltd. Constructors)
- Cessco Fabrication & Engineering
- Collins Industries
- CWS Industries
- Dacro Industries
- Edmonton Exchanger & Manufacturing Ltd.
- Flexxaire Manufacturing
- Great Western Containers
- Ledcor Group of Companies (Ledcor Industrial)
- Metal Fabricators and Welding
- AltaSteel (OneSteel)
- Oxford Machine & Welding
- PCL Group of Companies (PCL Industrial)
- Precision Steel and Manufacturing
- Ramparts Steel
- Shaw Pipe Protection Ltd.
- Spartan Steel Ltd.
- Supreme Steel Group
- Thermo Design Engineering
- Top-Co Group Inc.
- Truck Master Manufacturing and Equipment Ltd.
- Universal Machine Corporation
- Waiward Steel Fabricators
- Weldco Beales Industries
Hoovers Database January 2012 and Alberta Finance and Enterprise