About the industry

Industrial manufacturing is a foundational industry which allows for infrastructure development as well as energy and natural resource production in Alberta. Global supply chains have emerged to meet demands of the growing Alberta economy. However, the world-class expertise found in Alberta’s industrial manufacturing sector ensures the demand for its products and services is strong and that it is positioned to deliver high value both in Alberta and around the world.

Industry fast facts: 2014

  • Revenues: $15.6 billion, up from $10.3 billion in 2009 
  • Companies: 1,930, more than 85% have fewer than 50 employees 
  • Employees: 51,100
  • Exports: $4.3 billion, with 30% of production exported internationally 


Areas of expertise

The primary activities of Alberta’s industrial manufacturing sector show great potential for growth, building on existing expertise in areas that include:

  • Metal fabrication: This includes architectural and structural metals manufacturing; boiler, tank & shipping container manufacturing; coating, engraving, heat treating & allied activities; and machine shops, turned products & screw, nut & bolt manufacturing

  • Equipment Manufacturing: This includes agricultural, construction and mining machinery manufacturing; commercial and service industry machinery manufacturing; engine, turbine and power transmission equipment manufacturing; industrial machinery manufacturing; metalworking machinery manufacturing; other general-purpose machinery manufacturing; ventilation, heating, air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturing