Expertise Draws International Conferences
Industrial Revolution 4.0 Helps Attract Advanced Manufacturing Conferences to Canada
Digital manufacturing, nano manufacturing, flexible electronics manufacturing and additive manufacturing technologies may all sound futuristic, but these Industry 4.0 technologies and next-generation manufacturing capabilities are revolutionizing how finished products and components are designed, manufactured, distributed and repaired across a spectrum of industries and climate conditions. They are also helping attract international conferences in the cities that lead Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing sector: Toronto, Montréal and Winnipeg.
“Developments in robotics, automation and technologies such as additive manufacturing (3D printing), have far-reaching application in Canadian industry sectors—including aerospace and defence, automotive, agriculture and pharmaceuticals,” says Virginie De Visscher, Director of Business Development, Economic Sectors for Business Events Canada. “Canadian innovators are producing a diverse range of technologically complex, high-value products for domestic and competitive global markets, which is why influential thought leaders regularly meet here to debut trailblazing developments, share best practices and lay the groundwork for partnerships that shape the future of advanced manufacturing technologies.”
Take Toronto for example. Over the remaining months of 2019 and into early 2020, the city will welcome a host of conferences in everything from steel fabrication to nanoscience and beyond. Why? Well, as Canada’s second largest Aerospace cluster, Toronto manufacturers provide a broad range of aerospace/aviation design, manufacturing, and product support for the global industry. The city is also home to Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR), a consortium of academics and industry leaders working together in one facility to collaborate on a leading-edge projects including optimizing the shapes of future airplanes and spaceships, designing satellites, as well as providing aerospace training.
“It’s all about access,” say De Visscher, who notes when Industry 4.0 organizations choose to meet in Canada they can connect directly with the innovators moving the industry forward. “Whether it’s tech tours of research facilities such as DAIR, or having local thought leaders as keynote speakers, or members of the larger community help champion the conference, there’s a true benefit for the host organization to meet where the experts are, and in this case, those experts are in Toronto.”
Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, allows design of complex metal parts that are lighter and more efficient and environmentally friendly than conventionally manufactured parts. Montréal is fast becoming a leader in this fast-growing space, which is why events such as the 7th International Conference & Exhibition on Advanced & Nano Materials (ICANM2019) will host their event in August 2019, while the World Congress on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials will host their event in Montréal in spring, 2020.
Winnipeg, meanwhile has manufactured a solid reputation for Advanced Manufacturing. The largest bus manufacturer in North America, it’s in Winnipeg that some of the most advanced research is being conducted in the area of nanostructures, polymers, soft biomaterials, superalloys and composite material systems at the University of Manitoba Institute for Materials. When conferences in the Advanced Manufacturing space meet in Winnipeg they can take advantage of a newly renovated Winnipeg Convention Centre, host peer to peer networking events at unique facilities such as the iconic Canadian Museum for Human Rights, or at the Journey to Churchill Exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.