Aug 17 (Reuters) - Canada's ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc , which makes factory automation systems and solar energy equipment, posted a higher first-quarter profit, helped by strong demand from life sciences and transportation industries.
Net income from continuing operations was C$6.2 million, or 7 Canadian cents a share, compared with C$5.6 million, 6 Canadian cents a share, last year.
Total revenue from continuing operations rose by a fourth to C$126.9 million.
ATS serves customers in industries such as life sciences, computer electronics, energy, transportation and consumer products.
Revenues from life sciences increased 10 percent to C$43.8 million, while transportation revenue rose more than four times to C$40.1 million.
Automation systems order bookings in the first quarter rose 85 percent to $157 million. (Reporting by Aftab Ahmed in Bangalore; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)