Canadian Manufacturing Week returns in October

Canada’s premiere event for manufacturers unveils new streamlined format to help businesses find innovative solutions, technologies.

0 April 25, 2010

Now that the recession is declared over and economists are predicting an imminent turnaround, there’s no better time for Canadian manufacturers to rediscover themselves. And with a new format, new location and an improved program, Canadian Manufacturing Week (CMW) 2010 is the place to do it.

“In the face of what’s being called the new industrial revolution, the manufacturing sector is being asked to rebrand, to look for innovative ways to decrease costs while producing high quality products,” said Mark Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), organizer of the event. “Canadian Manufacturing Week 2010 is responding with a more streamlined format that will make it easier for visitors to find the answers they need.”

WHAT: Canadian Manufacturing Week 2010

WHEN: Tuesday, October 5 – Thursday, October 7

WHERE: Toronto Congress Centre, North Hall, 650 Dixon Road

New to this year’s event is a three-zoned format that more clearly and conveniently groups the latest manufacturing technologies and solutions into specific areas:

Weld Expo Canada, featuring F3, Forming, Fabricating and Finishing. This zone highlights everything required for sheet metal operations, from laser, arc and robotic welding to stamping, waterjet cutting and pressworking, to coating equipment, electroplating and automated finishing.

The Advanced Manufacturing Zone. Zeroing in on the factory of the future, this area will focus on automation and assembly, design engineering and software, additive manufacturing and reverse engineering and electronics manufacturing. Innovative technologies on display will include robotics, sensors, machine vision, virtual reality, simulation, three-dimensional imaging and more.

The Physical Asset Management Zone. This is where manufacturers will learn everything they need to run an efficient operation. In addition to green solutions for fluid and waste management or air quality control, it will feature products for asset tracking and management, plant engineering and maintenance, as well as lean manufacturing.

According to Tomlinson, more than half of CMW visitors are high-level manufacturing professionals, accompanied by buying teams with significant equipment budgets. He points to a survey conducted by SME in February, polling 552 Canadian manufacturers, that shows 70 per cent of respondents see their businesses increasing in the next 12 to 18 months. More than 14 per cent of respondents say they are likely to spend $1 million or more on manufacturing equipment in the next year to year-and-a-half, with almost 23 per cent citing budgets in excess of $250,000. At CMW 2010, they will be able to make hands-on evaluations and comparisons of the technology and solutions they need to compete in a global market, he said.

“Our improved format offers an unprecedented opportunity for networking and taking part in expert-led industry sessions, providing a comprehensive manufacturing resource that’s unparalleled in the industry today,” Tomlinson said.

Technologies and solutions will be showcased for many industries including: aerospace, automotive, construction, defence, electronics, fabricated metal/stampings, government, industrial machinery/equipment, medical devices/pharmaceuticals, transportation, steel manufacturing, and utilities/energy. For more information, to register or exhibit, visit

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