Toronto, ON _ Manufacturing in Canada is not only alive, it’s thriving. That message will be loud and clear as the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) – the country’s national industry event – gets underway today until September 28 at its new venue, The Toronto Congress Centre.
Expected to draw more than 8,000 visitors, the event will feature more than one million pounds of live equipment, including 200+ new products making their way to the show floor from across the globe.
“Statistics Canada’s latest report showing manufacturing sales rose 1.6% to $71.9 billion in July is a testament to the strength of the Canadian manufacturing industry and growing confidence among manufacturers,” said Julie Pike, Senior Director, Event Strategy of SME, producers of CMTS.
“The future of Canadian manufacturing is incredibly exciting,” Pike added, emphasizing that manufacturers and processors are major contributors to the Canadian economy, creating more than 1.7 million jobs and accounting for more than 10% of total Gross Domestic Product (GDP). “We’re seeing particular vibrancy in areas such as aerospace, automotive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, robotics, additive manufacturing (3D printing) and sustainable practices, and the latest breakthroughs in each of these areas will be on full display during the four-day event.”
Highlights of CMTS 2023 include:
· More than 50 education sessions, including keynote addresses on the future of manufacturing by Massimiliano Moruzzi, CEO of Xaba (September 25, 9:00 a.m.); Diane Reko, CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors of Reko International Group Inc. (September 25, 1:00 p.m.), Flavio Volpe, President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA) (September 27, 9:00 a.m.), and Greta Cutulenco, CEO & Co-Founder, Acerta (September 28, 9:00 a.m.). A full CMTS 2023 conference schedule can be accessed here.
· Spotlight on Women in Manufacturing (September 28, 1:00 p.m.): A Wonderous Women in Manufacturing panel – moderated by Julie Pike, Senior Director, Event Strategy, SME, and featuring Lisa Block Chief Revenue Officer, Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Global, Dr. Mihaela Vlasea, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo, and Sarah Syed, Environmentalist and Fellow, The David Suzuki Foundation – will explore the pivotal role women will continue to play in the expanding and inclusive talent pool that will be needed in the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.
· Firsthand Look at Project Arrow, Canada’s first zero-emission, all-electric concept vehicle featuring materials and parts from 60 different Canadian companies. Answering the federal government’s call for a zero-emissions future by 2050, the project brings together the best of the best of Canada’s electric-drive, alternative-fuel, connected and autonomous, and lightweight technology companies. Project Arrow is being showcased as part of the APMA Annual Conference, occurring within CMTS 2023 on September 26.
· Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA) Tooling Pavilion will unveil the latest developments in tool design, manufacture, repair, robotics, and more.
· CWB-EWI Welding Showcase will present live “tele-welding” demonstrations, with remote guidance and real-time haptic feedback for precise control. CMTS visitors will have the opportunity to work from a control workstation (booth 547) where they can remotely manage welding processes in another location (booth 429).
· Emerging Innovators Showcase: Powered by MaRS & NGen, this feature will bring together Canada’s advanced manufacturing companies, researchers, and organizations exploring transformative projects and solutions in a collaborative space.
· A Smart Theatre will host a multitude of speakers around smart adoption in manufacturing.
· SME’s Bright Minds Student Summit (September 28, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.) will host more than 120 high school students for an immersive experience, including an educational scavenger hunt within the event exhibits along with a keynote address from 19-year-old Sarah Syed, Environmentalist and Fellow, The David Suzuki Foundation (11:30 a.m.), who will share intergenerational solutions to achieve Canada’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Her question to the students: What will your story be?
CMTS 2023 features the latest equipment and technology advancements in machine tools, tooling, metalworking, automation, robotics, additive manufacturing, and digital transformation. It is presented by SME, with strategic event partners including Canadian Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (CMTDA), Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA), CWB-EWI Group, and Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA).
SOURCE Gail Bergman PR