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Budget 2017 supports industry-led advanced manufacturing super cluster

(OTTAWA) – Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, the voice of over 10,000 leading manufacturers and exporters, is encouraged by the commitment the Government of Canada has made to support and enhance the global competitiveness of advanced manufacturing through the strong commitment to innovation and skills training with Budget 2017.

“This is a budget that puts innovation where it belongs – as a driving force behind strategies for long-term growth in manufacturing and trade to build a better future for middle-class Canadians,” said CME President & CEO Dennis Darby upon his review of the Budget.

“Manufacturers are pleased to see government following through on our recommendation for an industry-led super cluster strategy that will focus efforts of the federal government to support advanced manufacturing and help Canadians companies to compete head-to-head in markets around the world.”

Darby added that Canadian manufacturers will be first in line to work with government to establish an advanced/digital manufacturing super cluster. “We expect government will work with manufacturers to get this cluster off the ground quickly, and the need is urgent as 36 per cent of our members identify the cost and risk of seeking new opportunities as the leading domestic barrier to achieving export success.”

In addition, Darby is encouraged by Budget 2017’s commitments to invest in a comprehensive skills training strategy to address skills gaps that are hurting the middle class and paralyzing job creation. He stated that a full one quarter of CME’s members are restricting production due to a shortage of skilled labour – with 40 percent of members experiencing labour shortages today.

“We know that Canada can’t afford to leave anyone out if we are going to fix our skills gap, as availability of skills is identified as the number one factor that influences manufacturers when they are deciding where to invest in Canada. We need to invest in our people, and give them the skills and tools that will build the kind of economy they need to take care of their families and be confident in the future. It’s encouraging that this budget backs up those words with action, and we look forward to being a fully engaged partner in the months ahead.”

CME 2017 Budget Analysis


About CME
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.
For more information, contact:
Jeff Blay
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Tel: (289) 241-5114

Manufacturers Must Accelerate the Adoption of Advanced Technologies

Canadian Manufactures & Exporters (CME) along with its strategic partners, released Accelerating Adoption of Advanced Manufacturing, the second of five reports that provide detailed analysis and recommendations stemming from CME’s Industrie 2030 initiative aimed at doubling manufacturing output by 2030.

Manufacturing Matters:

  • Directly employs 1.7 million Canadians – 10 per cent of entire workforce
  • Directly and indirectly accounts 30 per cent of economic output and 27 per cent of all employment
  • Directly responsible for more than two-thirds of all exports

“For manufacturers to compete globally they must invest in new advanced technologies both in their products and their processes,” stated Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice President at CME. “For the Canadian economy, and the manufacturing sector to prosper, companies must invest in new machinery and equipment, and incorporate new digital technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities into their operations. However, over the past several years investment has decreased as the sector has struggled with static output and exports.”

Based on research and consultation through the CME led Industrie 2030 initiative, Canadian manufacturers are not investing in advanced technologies. More than 60 per cent all respondents to CME’s survey stated they do not presently use advanced manufacturing technologies in their operations. And this is reflected directly in the statistics – manufacturing investment in machinery and equipment in Canada has fallen by nearly five per cent between 2009 and 2014, hitting a 30-year low in that year. In the US investment has risen by 58 per cent over the same time period. In fact, few industrialized countries have a worse record than Canada.

To accelerate the adoption of advanced manufacturing in Canada, we must:

  • Enhance depreciation rates and provide tax credits to encourage investment in advanced;
  • Establish manufacturing hubs and technology demonstration centres to showcase and test new advanced manufacturing technologies;
  • Expand all regional manufacturing technology investment support programs across the country; and,
  • Reinvest federal and provincial carbon-pricing revenues back into offsetting the cost of purchasing new technologies and machinery and equipment.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is rapidly changing the products that manufacturers are creating and how they are being created while reducing operating costs and improving environmental performance,” added Wilson. “Other countries have created national strategies around technology adoption, and it is critical that Canadian governments work closely with industry to help facilitate the adoption of these technologies and to grow our manufacturing sector. Without strong, coordinated actions, our manufacturing sector will continue to be left behind.”

To read the report, visit: http://www.cme-mec.ca/download.php?file=59ry6m9pl.pdf

About Industrie 2030
Through its Industrie 2030 initiative, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) – Canada’s leading trade and industry association and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada -consulted more than 1,250 leading industry executives and conducted detailed research to define specific recommendations to overcome challenges and create a roadmap for the future of manufacturing, to strengthen its footprint across the country, and to drive growth, innovation, wealth creation and jobs. Core recommendations include:

  • Building a strong labour pool and skilled workforce;
  • Accelerating adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies;
  • Fostering innovation, commercialization and new product development;
  • Creating a competitive business environment in Canada; and
  • Increasing access to domestic ‎and foreign markets.

This report is the second detailed report of the five core recommendations. Earlier reports, including the summary analysis and recommendations are available at www.industrie2030.ca.
For more information, contact:
Marie Morden
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Tel: (613) 355-8819

SONAMI receives $7.3 million to promote advanced manufacturing and 3D printing

The Canadian manufacturing industry is about to get a boost thanks to a $7.3 million advanced manufacturing initiative. The project, called the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation (SONAMI for short) is the result of a partnership between Niagara College, Mohawk College, Sheridan College, and McMaster University.

Vance Badawey, Mike Granston, Paul Clipsham, Marc Nantel, Dan Patterson

The $7.3 million in funding for the new project was announced before Christmas at Niagara College, and is sourced from FedDev Ontario’s Investing in Commercialization Partnerships Initiative. Vance Badawey, who announced the funding for the SONAMI initiative, says the advanced manufacturing project will create roughly 186 “high-quality jobs” while helping to turn out over 150 proof-of-concept prototypes as well as 85 new products for commercialization.

On a larger scale, SONAMI is an effort to help boost Canada’s manufacturing sector and help adapt it to more technological and automated manufacturing trends. As Badawey states, “We’re witnessing a new industrial age.” To keep up with this new age, innovative changes and advancements will inevitably need to take place. In the Southern Ontario region at least, SONAMI could be a solution.

SONAMI is being established to help foster collaborations between academic research and manufacturing industries. Notably, each of the academic institutions involved in SONAMI has a particular focus on an emerging manufacturing field. For instance, Niagara College has excelled in research surrounding 3D technologies and plastic additive manufacturing; Mohawk College, which has the only AM lab in Ontario, specializes in metal part additive manufacturing; Sheridan College has a focus robotics and flexible manufacturing; and McMaster University has expertise in tooling and advanced materials.

Niagara College Advanced Manufacturing Lab

In terms of its links with industry, SONAMI will reportedly encourage partnerships between the educational institutions and industries in three ways. First, SONAMI will help turn the colleges and universities into viable research options for manufacturing companies. Second, it will help to prepare students for the work force once they finish school, specifically for high-quality jobs in the manufacturing sector. Lastly, the initiative will help to advance Canada’s manufacturing industry as a whole and make it a stronger global competitor.

Following Badawey’s announcement about SONAMI, Mike Granton, a student of mechanical engineering technology, spoke about how promoting advanced manufacturing has affected him. The facilities at his college, which include state-of-the-art tools and software, have allowed Granton to manufacture prototypes for real-world clients, including a commercial cleaning industry device, a storage system for the hospitality industry, an electronics enclosure device for the deep mining sector, and some innovative tools for the medical sector.

“It’s these tools paired with the knowledge gained in the classroom that allowed me to effectively turn ideas into physical products read to be tested in real world conditions,” said Granton about his access to 3D printing technology, reverse engineering tools, and more.

Time will tell what effect the SONAMI initiative has on the Canadian advanced manufacturing industry, though it does seem very promising.

SOURCE – 3D Printing Technology

Closing tech gaps can fortify advanced manufacturing, save billions

Closing tech gaps can fortify advanced manufacturing, save $100 billion

NIST engineer Jeremy Marvel adjusts a robotic arm used to study human-robot interactions. According to a NIST economic study on advanced robotics and automation — one of four reports on advanced manufacturing — Marvel’s work is the type of research needed to fortify and facilitate this emerging field. Credit: Fran Webber/NIST

To spur significant innovation and growth in advanced manufacturing, as well as save over $100 billion annually, U.S. industry must rectify currently unmet needs for measurement science and “proof-of-concept” demonstrations of emerging technologies. This is the overall conclusion reached by economic studies funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of four advanced manufacturing areas used to create everything from automobile composites to zero-noise headsets.

“Gaps in the technology infrastructure—including the lack of reliable measurement and test methods, scientifically based standards, and other formal knowledge and tools—limit advanced ‘s further development and adoption,” said NIST economist Gary Anderson, coordinator of the  prepared by RTI International, an independent nonprofit research institute.

Using data collected through extensive interviews and surveys with researchers, developers, manufacturers and other stakeholders, each of the four studies identifies 5 to 10 critical technical barriers to the adoption of its specific manufacturing technology. The studies also estimate the impacts of eliminating those obstacles and define which needs should be met first to do so.

For example, establishing industry-wide standards and measurements for the inks and substrates used in roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing—the fabrication of electronic devices on a roll of flexible plastic or metal—is projected to reduce production costs by 15 percent. Likewise, the development and adoption of verified reference data, robust measurement technologies and testing protocols, and standardized modeling and finishing methods could yield some $4 billion in annual benefits and savings for , a process also known as 3D printing.

The two largest predicted cost savings were the $57.4 billion and $40.1 billion for the smart manufacturing (where all manufacturing data from design to finished product is electronically exchanged and processed) and advanced robotics and automation sectors, respectively. Among the needs that must be met to realize both of these benefits, the researchers said, is increasing access by small- and medium-sized manufacturers to the same state-of-the-art methods, tools and knowledge as their larger counterparts.

For each of the four advanced manufacturing technologies studied, the estimated annual  and percentage reduction in production costs are:

  • Additive manufacturing: $4.1 billion, 18.3 percent
  • Advanced robotics and automation: $40.1 billion, 5.3 percent
  • Roll-to-roll manufacturing: $400 million, 14.7 percent
  • Smart manufacturing: $57.4 billion, 3.2 percent

The researchers stated that their studies only looked at benefits directly attributable to closing the identified technical gaps in each sector; therefore, the impact estimates are conservative. “If we consider the larger-scale outcomes brought about by meeting these needs—such as new and improved products, increased production quality, long-term industry growth and job creation—the impacts would be significantly higher,” Anderson said.

The studies also support a number of key strategies for overcoming technical barriers and fortifying , including: keeping standards and performance measures nonproprietary, using public research institutions to develop those tools, and working through manufacturing research consortia and technology extension services to ensure that all manufacturers—especially small- and medium-sized enterprises—can access them.

“Our studies emphasize that full economic impact will only be realized if all technical needs are met, and all stakeholders regardless of size, not just large manufacturers, can share in the rewards,” Anderson said.

 Explore further: New NIST test bed makes the ‘digital thread’ accessible

More information: A summary of the overall findings from the four economic studies is available at nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/eab/NIST.EAB.1.pdf.

The individual reports also may be accessed:
Additive manufacturing: nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/gcr/2016/NIST.GCR.16-006.pdf
Advanced robotics and automation: nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/gcr/2016/NIST.GCR.16-005.pdf
Roll-to-roll manufacturing: nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/gcr/2016/NIST.GCR.16-008.pdf
Smart manufacturing: nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/gcr/2016/NIST.GCR.16-007.pdf


Advanced Manufacturing Canada successfully concludes

Canada Makes’ Additive Manufacturing Advisory Board (AMAB) holds meeting

Advanced Manufacturing Canada (AMC 2015) successfully concluded November 19th in Montreal. The event offered high level information and knowledge sure to help Canadian Manufacturers be more productive and competitive in a fast changing global market.

“Canada Makes is very pleased with this inaugural event, said Martin Lavoie, Canada Makes Executive-Director. “SME delivered a great event that offered real value to our members and we hope to continue to partner in future events here in Montreal.”

Canada Makes’ Additive Manufacturing Advisory Board (AMAB) held its second meeting during AMC. Topics discussed included aerospace certification for additive parts, the development of a training program for industry, advocacy priories and AMAB governance. The board decided, as an initial undertaking, to create of a working sub-committee on a nationally certified curriculum for additive manufacturing training to start delivery in 2016.

“Involvement of AMAB members in discussing the issues Canadian industry faces in adopting additive manufacturing is vital,” added Lavoie. “The board includes the leaders who understand the challenges ahead and bring the know-how needed for Canada to catch up with Europe and the US in additive adoption.”

Highlights of AMC included Jayson Myers’, President & CEO
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, presentation Advanced Manufacturing – Rethinking Business Models, and Éric Tétrault President of MEQ, presenting The Need for Innovation in a Free Trade World.

Montreal’s is a historical city with a tradition of innovation and adopting advanced manufacturing, due in part to its large aerospace sector. For this reason AMC is important to Canada Makes. Several members attended the event and the following exhibited at AMC; Agile Manufacturing Inc, Axis Prototypes Inc., Cimetrix Solutions Inc., CMQ – Centre De Métallurgie Du Québec, CRIQ, EOS of North America and Renishaw Canada Ltd.

About Canada Makes
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.com.

Advanced Manufacturing Canada – Montreal

Join us in Montreal for the first-ever National Forum on Advanced Manufacturing.

November 18 – 19, 2015 
Palais des congrès de Montréal
Montréal, Quebec

Advanced Manufacturing Canada (AMC) offers the Canadian manufacturing community a 2-day conference and exhibition focused on advanced manufacturing including automation and robotics, additive manufacturing/3D printing, automation economics, and more.


Use promo code AMCMIC25 when registering on advancedmfg.ca as an attendee, or click the link below:

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40+ Conferences
Advanced Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Automation Economics
1,000+ Visitors
Trade Show
50+ Exhibitors
Technologies & Products
Round Tables with the Experts
300+ Conference Delegates from Across Canada 50+ Speakers National and International

Wednesday Lunch Keynote:

Advanced Manufacturing – Rethinking Business Models

Jayson Myers, President & CEO
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters About this Presentation


Manufacturing and the
Factory of the Future

Ian Potter, Vice-President, Engineering
National Research Council Canada 
About this Presentation


Manufacturing Outlook:
Collaborative Robots

Brian Benoit, Senior Product Manager
Rethink Robotics 
About this Presentation

Additive Manufacturing Theatre 1

Scott Sevcik, Stratasys
Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace

Fiona Zhao, McGill University
New Part Consolidation Conceptual
Design Method to Capture the Freedom
of Additive Manufacturing

Fernando Quevedo González,  ÉTS
Characterization and Simulation of
Manufacturing Irregularities of
Additive Manufactured Well-Ordered
Porous Materials

Kevin Chou, The University of Alabama
Advances in Powder-Bed
Electron Beam Additive
Manufacturing: Process Modeling
and Sensing

Thomas Becker, ACTech North America, Inc.
20 Years of Making the
Impossible Possible:
3D Printing of Foundry
Sand and How it Changed the
Development Of Metal Castings

Vivek Saxena, ICF International
Additive Manufacturing in
Aerospace: Opportunities
& Challenges

Allison Sibley, 
Queen’s University
Defect Detection and Process
Monitoringof Laser Additive
Manufacturing Using Inline
Coherent Imaging

Peter Kallai, 
Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association
Overview of Printable Electronics
and its Applications

Stephanie Lamontagne, 
Bombardier Transportation
Maturity Model for Efficient Additive
Manufacturing Integration in the
Product Development Process

Automation Economics Theatre 2

Éric Tétrault, MEQ
The Need for Innovation in a Free World

Sandy Munro, Munro & Associates, Inc.
Tearing Down the Most Innovative Car since the Ford Model T: BMW i3

Maxime-Jean Gérin, Finalta Capital CII-ITC Inc.
Strategy And Business Model Based On Tax Credit Programs – Research Funding

Advanced Manufacturing: Automation & Robotics Theatre 3

Yarek Niedbala, KUKA Robotics Canada Ltd.
Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing

Sylvain Rodier, AV&R Automation
Trends Toward Paint Automation

Lorraine Blais, Solutions Novika
Laser Technologies – Welding and Surface Coating

Luc Vanden-Abeele, Axium
Vision-Guided Robotics

Yvon Legros, CRIQ
Automated Vision through Non-traditional Image Sources

Brian McHugh, AV&R Automation
High-precision robotic repairs of aircraft engine parts

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