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Government of Canada announces $8.9 million AM investment in the University of Waterloo

May 24, 2017 (Waterloo, Ontario) – The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, announced an $8.9 million investment in the University of Waterloo’s Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (AM) Lab. This investment will establish Canada’s first major advanced manufacturing technology commercialization centre.

“This project will support up to 18 new partnerships, help commercialize up to 21 advanced manufacturing technologies and create over 80 jobs,” said Minister Chagger. “It will also provide opportunities for students from the University to prepare for the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow.”

“Innovation and skills development are the driving forces behind manufacturing, trade and a better future for middle-class Canadians. Harnessing innovative technologies is crucial to the future of Canada’s manufacturing sector,” said Dennis Darby, President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). “Today’s announcement is a clear example of strong, coordinated government action CME has been calling for to reinvigorate the manufacturing sector to match global competition.”

“Canada Makes is very pleased with the Government of Canada’s investment. It recognizes the importance of additive manufacturing to the future of Canada’s economy, said Martin Lavoie, Executive Director Canada Makes. “This most certainly will help grow Canada’s global competitiveness by making it easier for manufacturers to adopt additive metal manufacturing processes.”

A broad range of industrial partners including aerospace, mining and automotive, will work with the University of Waterloo’s Multi-Scale AM Lab’s state-of-the-art technology and develop innovative 3D printing solutions to streamline manufacturing in Canada.

Canada Makes will continue working closely with the team at the University of Waterloo in helping Canadian industry to adopt AM to their process and keeping Canada a world leader in innovative technology.

About the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters:
Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and thrive around the world. In 2016, CME released Industrie 2030 – a roadmap for doubling Canadian manufacturing activity by 2030. Our focus is to ensure the sector is dynamic, profitable, productive, innovative and growing. We aim to do this by strengthening the labour force, accelerating the adoption of advanced technology, supporting product commercialization, expanding marketplaces and, most importantly, ensuring a globally-competitive business environment. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada’s exports. www.cme-mec.ca

About 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 additive manufacturing in Canada. For more information on Canada Makes, please visit www.canadamakes.ca

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