MONTREAL, Nov. 16, 2015 /CNW/ -- Advanced Manufacturing Canada 2015 (AMC 2015), to be held at the Palais des congrès, November 18 and 19, will bring together Canadian manufacturing leaders to discuss business models and diverse issues such as innovation, productivity, technology and workforce training and offer the opportunity to test advanced technologies. Organized by SME, in collaboration with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) and their Quebec division Manufacturiers et exportateurs du Québec (MEQ) along with the Regroupement des équipementiers en automatisation (RÉAI), AMC 2015 will feature more than 50 speakers.
"SME has an active and growing footprint in activities around advanced technologies in Canada, the U.S. and Europe," said Debbie Holton, director of Events and Industry Strategy at SME. "We are thrilled to convene so many leaders from the Canadian manufacturing industry, along with government and academia to elevate the Canadian conversation around advanced manufacturing and Canadian productivity."
The primary objective of the forum is to foster innovation among Canadian manufacturers in order to give them a competitive advantage. For Eric Tétrault, President of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Quebec (MEQ), innovation is key to competitiveness: "With free trade, innovation becomes an obligation for Canadian companies. To innovate, companies must turn to automation, embrace advanced manufacturing and the smart factory," Tetrault said.
Additionally, the concept of the smart factory relates to a new way of organizing production on the factory floor and a better allocation of human resources. Integrating more intelligence and connectivity on the production lines not only improves operator safety, but also enhances the quality of products.
"New technologies, such as industrial automation and additive manufacturing, have an impact not only on manufacturing methods, but more fundamentally, on business models in the manufacturing sector," said Jayson Myers, president and chief executive of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). "Those who adopt these technologies and new methods have access to vast growth opportunities and will be first to benefit from open global markets."
AMC 2015 includes an exhibit hall of advanced technology on display including the "Discovery Den," which is a place where manufacturing leaders can get up close and interactive with the technology of tomorrow. Attendees can play air hockey against a robot, courtesy of ABB and the École de technologie supérieure (ETS) and Mecademic will present collaborative micro-robots at work. Baxter, the star robot of Rethink Robotics will be featured, as well as the robot of the Quebec Industrial Research Center (CRIQ). Motorcycle enthusiasts will discover the latest innovations in electric vehicles as the electric motorcycle built by Canadian Lito Green is showcased.
For more information and to register for AMC 2015, visit http://www.advancedmfg.ca/ or call 1-888-322-7333, ext. 4435.
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About CME (MEC)
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is Canada's largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. As Canada's leading business network, CME – through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.
Manufacturers and Exporters of Quebec (MEQ) is an association whose mission is to improve the business environment and help manufacturing and exporting companies to be more competitive in the local and international markets through its leadership, its expertise, its network and the strength of its members. The five pillars of its involvement are: political representation, strategic information, and opportunities for business, best practices, and networking. MEQ is a division of Manufacturers and Exporters of Canada (MEC), the largest commercial and industrial association in the country, founded in 1871.
About the RÉAI
The RÉAI is an association of industrial automation suppliers representing more than 3 000 employees and sales business of more than 380 M$. The association was incorporated in 2005 with the mission to consolidate equipment manufacturers to develop a nucleus of multidisciplinary skills in the field of the equipment design and promote the automation of production in manufacturing companies. The RÉAI promotes closer relations between its members and the manufacturing industry.
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