CATAAlliance launches the Advanced manufacturing Initiative: A survey, a benchmark, one-on-one portraits and workshops: Join the Mission!
April 18, 2016


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CATA Alliance launches the Advanced manufacturing Initiative

A survey, a benchmark, one-on-one portraits and workshops in Montreal and Toronto

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) is launching a coast-to-coast master Initiative on Advanced manufacturing. The Initiative which will take place in October 2016 comprises three parts:

  • The release of a study on the Canadian Advanced manufacturing industry with its niches and main trends ( a special attention will be brought to the Environment t (saving energy), linkage with universities and R&D).
  • The presentation of a survey of support services (financing of equipment)

  • The organization of two workshops in Toronto and Montreal.

“This initiative comes at the right time. Industries are now engaged in a race to integrate and connect in order to increase productivity. Canada is lagging behind other industrialized nations mainly the United States, Europe and China, but CATA thinks that Canada can catch up if it becomes a national priority,” says John Reid, president of CATAAlliance.

The study defines advanced manufacturing as industries that integrate robotic or other automation technologies on their practice. That includes additive manufacturing, Internet of things, manufacturing connectivity and optimization software.

“The study will focus on productivity but also on energy management and waste. Canadian manufacturers have the tools to better control their footprints”, explains Jean-Guy Rens, director of the study, “we want to gauge their objectives in this matter.”

The study peruses two other objectives: a) Assess Canada’s automation OEMs industry dynamic (Will Canadian manufacturers buy Canadian equipment?);

b) Identify the next business challenges

“A century after Henry Ford transformed the nature of work in factories, we are on the eve of another revolution digital in nature. What Canada needs is an increase of production without the negative impacts on workers and the environment”, concludes John Reid.


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