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Advanced Manufacturing Sector Research — Initiative on the Automation of the Manufacturing Sector in Canada

Published: August 16th, 2018 By:

Ottawa, ON – CATAAlliance announced that it is now sharing with Canada’s innovation community a comprehensive study on Canada’s advanced manufacturing sector, authored by Jean Guy Rens, acclaimed researcher and VP, CATA Quebec, and entitled  ”Advanced Manufacturing Sector — Initiative on the Automation of the Manufacturing Sector in Canada.”

The 89-page studyis provided on a complimentary basis, when executives answer a one question survey, namely, ”why are you interested in learning about Canada’s advanced manufacturing sector?”

Please visit the link for your survey form and answer the one question, you will then receive your complimentary digital copy of the study.

The five objectives of the study

  1. foster innovation in manufacturing;
  2. contribute to the establishment of a national advanced manufacturing strategy;
  3. empower enhanced Industry/University collaboration in advanced manufacturing research;
  4. foster a more robust environment for the commercialization of advanced manufacturing technologies; and,
  5. correct public misconceptions about manufacturing.

Content Sections:

  • Study Objectives
  • Methodology and Acknowledgements
  • Technological & International Environment
  • Industry Trends
  • National Policies and Practical Approaches
  • Case Studies on Siemens, Bombardier, Cisco Canada, Festo, Lantic and Medtronics

Executive Summary

Manufacturing in Canada appears to have stopped its decline. The relocation of activities to Asia or Latin America seems to have been offset by the creation of domestic industry. But it is not a return of the companies of the past.

Around the world, a highly automated, state-of-the-art enterprise is emerging with equipment connected into a centralized IT system. Manufacturing is fast becoming a high-tech sector.

China has become the country with the highest number of robots in 2016, ahead of Japan and the United States. On the other hand, the country with the highest density of robots is South Korea. Canada is well above the world average of 69 robots per 10,000 employees, but with 136 robots, it lags the US (176 robots per 10,000 employees).

As Professor Gosselin explains in his preface, Canada is a world leader in robotic research thanks to massive injections of money into R&D in the 1990s and the adventure of the Canadarm and Canadarm2 robotic arms for the International Space Station. On the other hand, the manufacturing sector is still falling behind the other industrialized nations.

The challenge today is to translate the benefits of Canadian scientific research into commercial applications.

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