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Canada Makes and TraCLight announce partnership at Formnext

During last week’s Formnext show in Frankfurt, Canada Makes, Canada’s additive manufacturing network, and TraCLight, the Transatlantic Cluster for Lightweighting announced a new transatlantic partnership of cooperation. Both institutions share a common goal of supporting our industrial partners and through this understanding we will endeavour to help each accomplish this.

“We are very pleased by this new friendship we have forged with Germany’s TraCLight,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “Working together proved to be a benefit to booth our members. Therefore building new international lines of communication will most certainly offer up more possibilities for future initiatives in both Canada and Germany.”

“Global challenges need global collaboration,” states Wolfgang Schwarz. “We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership and the development of joint visionary, transatlantic lightweighting projects.”

Wolfgang Schwarz, project manager TraCLight, and Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes formalizing partnership agreement at Formnext with the Canada Makes delegation at TraCLight member Trumpf.

Recently, TraCLight hosted a workshop at the University of Waterloo, “Additive Manufacturing: Ready for the Future? Innovative Solutions for Lightweight Design and Digital Manufacturing.” Canada Makes attended and promoted the workshop through its network. The day proved to be a valuable learning experience for the full house in attendance. Further TraCLight workshops in 2018 will be announced soon. Moreover TraCLight invites CanadaMakes members to join the “Technology Day Hybrid Lightweighting” in Germany in June 2018 which is organized by the Development Agency for Lightweighting Baden-Wuertemberg, the initiator of TraCLight.

With the recent introduction of the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) International grassroots partnerships make good economic sense as they open channels of communication and bridge opportunity. Canada Makes and TraCLight know how imperative global trade is to prosperity; this is why we build international relationships.

Canada Makes just completed its third successful trade mission to Europe with its visit to Formnext.

About TraCLight – The transatlantic cluster for lightweighting
Since January 2017, the Transatlantic Cluster for Lightweighting has been supporting the international expansion and networking of German and North American companies and research centers. The goal is to bring together technical know-how for the development of truly unique and innovative lightweighting products through collaborative R&D projects between Germany, the USA and Canada. More information on www.traclight-cluster.com and www.leichtbau-bw.de/en/news/technology-day-hybrid-lightweighting.html.

About Canada Makes
Canada Makes, a Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative. Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of advanced and additive manufacturing (AM) in Canada. It is an enabler and accelerator of AM-adoption in Canada.

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