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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.


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

Trade Mission: Canada Makes to visit the UK

Canada Makes is leading a trade mission to the UK this coming June 6th.  The delegation will visit institutions using metal additive manufacturing with a particular emphasis on aerospace.

Following Canada Makes’ successful trade mission to Germany this past January, it was decided more international trade missions for Canada’s additive manufacturing sector would be good business.

“The Canada Makes Trade Mission to Germany was a great way for our company to connect with international additive manufacturing leaders,” said Martin Petrak, the President and CEO of Precision ADM. “We also took the opportunity to meet with other Canadian companies interested in collaborating on national and international business opportunities.”

This mission includes a full four-day agenda, including visits to Renishaw, GKN Aerospace, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre AMRC both at the University of Sheffield and likely Jaguar.

In addition to your own travel and accommodation costs, Canada Makes/CME will charge an administration fee of $500.

A limited number of spaces are available on a first-come-first serve basis.

Contact Frank Defalco for more information and to apply for the trade mission:
(613) 238-8888 ext:2267

Read about our highly successful trade mission to Germany here.

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.ca

Canada Makes’ trade mission to Germany

From January 24-30, 2016, Canada Makes lead a delegation on a fact-finding mission for Canadian stakeholders in the additive manufacturing (AM) sector to visit leading German companies working in Metal AM.

The group visited OEMs such as DMG MORI, Airbus Group Innovations (the Ludwig Bolkow Campus), EOS, SLM Solutions, as well as metal service providers Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG and FIT AG Additive Manufacturing Group.


Canadian delegates standing with an M 290 EOS at EOS headquarters in Germany

Canada Makes delegates were able to acquire a wealth of knowledge about how to improve AM competitiveness in Canada, as well as discuss some the exceptional technologies being developed in Canada. One example is Equispheres, a Canadian start-up who manufactures and markets a unique product line of ultra-high-performance spherical metal powders engineered for AM, specifically Metal AM and Cold Spray AM. On several occasions Kevin Nicholds, CEO of Equispheres, was asked in a most curious manner, “How do you do that?”

Key to the success of the trade mission was the development of long lasting relationships. These help to tear down trade barriers between countries by ensuring knowledge and awareness is shared in both directions, and products and services are more easily made available to those in need on either side.

Canadian delegates are hosted at the Hoedtke facilities.

Hoedtke hoisted a Canadian flag to welcome Canadian delegates

Canada Makes advocates on behalf of additive manufacturing while also seeking new markets, opportunities, and partners who can improve the Canadian manufacturing sector.

The trip proved worthwhile for all participants. “This trip has been fantastic,” said Gerard Peets, Director General of Industry Canada Manufacturing and Life Sciences Branch.

Many delegates expressed interest in more missions leading Canada Makes to start planning its next mission with an eye on the UK as a good next stop as well as a return to Germany and even China.

“The goal is to keep Canada competitive,” said Frank Defalco, the Manager of Canada Makes who led the trade mission. “We are building partnerships on behalf of our members that will carry Canada through these tumultuous economic times and keep our manufacturers up-to-date on the latest technologies.”

We are very appreciative of the following companies for kindly hosting our Canadian delegation and for sharing their knowledge and time.

DGM MORI in Pfronten – This was the focus of the DMG MORI Open House event at DECKEL MAHO. with an exhibition area of 7,400 m², the machine tool manufacturer showcased 90 high-tech exhibits live in operation. The highlight was the new LaserTec 65 3D machine with additive and subtractive manufacturing capabilities.

Airbus: Ludwig Bolkow Campus in Munich – The Ludwig Boelkow Campus (LBC) was founded in March 2012. The only innovation campus of its kind lies just outside of Munich and combines cutting-edge research with first-class vocational training and continuing education. In addition, it specifically aims to draw high-tech aerospace and security companies to its site. The highlight here was a visit to APWorks, which is a wholly owned Airbus start-up designed to market technologies developed by Airbus in other (non-aerospace) markets. For example, it uses additive manufacturing expertise developed at AGI in the high-end automotive sector, including F1 racing.

EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems in Munich – EOS is a world leader in powder bed laser sintering machine manufacturing. They are currently members of Canada Makes and this proved to be a most valuable stop for knowledge and relationships.

FIT AG Additive Manufacturing Group North of Munich – FIT Technology Group has specialized in innovative solutions in the field of additive manufacturing. Ranging from Rapid Prototyping to serial production, software, and hardware development. They are able to provide all services under one roof, quickly and reliably. Fit is a leading-edge contract manufacturer for additive manufacturing with impressive growth of 40 per cent since 2013.

Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG near Hamburg – A high-quality metal fabricator established in 1937, which has been an early adopter of a number of laser technologies. Canada Makes’ interest here was their recent installation of a DMG Mori LaserTec 3D 65.

SLM Solutions GmbH – SLM is an experienced company that transformed its history in mining and metallurgy into additive manufacturing. They are an OEM of powder bed technology and are experiencing rapid growth.

Representing Canada on this mission were Canada Makes / Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), CRIQ, Equispheres, Industry Canada, Manufacturing and Life Sciences Branch, Québec Metallurgy Centre (CMQ), Ptooling, Precision ADM, Whitfield Welding Inc. and Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies.

To learn more about Canada Makes or become a member, please visit our membership page.

Canada Makes would like to thank Hendrik Taulin, Trade Commissioner Investment from the Canadian Embassy in Germany, for being a great guide and helping put together this great initiative.