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Canada Makes’ UK trade mission successfully concludes

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ (CME) Canada Makes trade mission to the UK started June 6th with visits to Renishaw and GKN Aerospace and ended June 9th at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Factory of the Future. The fact-finding initiative brings together additive manufacturing (AM) experts from Canada and the UK with the goal of learning more about this emerging technology.

Renishaw

Tour of Renishaw’s plant in Miskin, UK

Leading the mission is CME’s CEO & President Jayson Myers, “the technology and capabilities of both Renishaw and GKN are very impressive and the discussions very interesting,” said Myers. “Making connections and introducing new concepts is the reason CME leads trade missions.”

Canada Makes’ second international trade mission started with a tour of Renishaw, a world leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. Renishaw supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It is also a world leader in the field of additive manufacturing where it is the only UK business that designs and makes industrial machines, which ‘print’ parts from metal powder.

The next stop was GKN Aerospace, one of the world’s largest independent first tier suppliers to the global aviation industry. With over 100 years aerospace experience, they harness considerable knowledge and advanced manufacturing technologies to supply high-value, integrated assemblies in both metallic and composite materials.

The mission continues with visits to Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), their facility provides an unparalleled environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale. Following MTC is a networking lunch on additive manufacturing R&D at Magenta Solutions.

The following day includes the University of Nottingham’s EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing, a nucleus of research activity focused on next generation multifunctional AM technology.

University of Sheffield's Factory of the Future

Canada Makes delegation at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Factory of the Future.

Concluding the trade mission is the University of Sheffield’s the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Factory of the Future. Together they form the core of the University of Sheffield AMRC group, a collaboration of academic and industrial partners from across the manufacturing supply chain.

About CME
CME is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. Founded in 1871, CME represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide, and – through various initiatives, including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, international trade, and service-related industries.

About Canada Makes
A CME initiative, Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada. For more information on Canada Makes, please visit www.canadamakes.ca

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