Equipping southern Ontario manufacturers to increase productivity and competitiveness

From: Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

March 10, 2020 – Windsor, Ontario

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is the country’s largest trade and industry association, with a network of over 10,000 businesses nationwide.

Helping manufacturers grow

Since 1871, CME has been helping manufacturers grow at home and compete around the world. CME’s focus is to ensure manufacturers are recognized as engines for growth in the economy, with Canada acknowledged as both a global leader and innovator in advanced manufacturing and a global leader in exporting.

Innovating to stay ahead of the curve

Manufacturing is the backbone of many communities across southern Ontario. Advancements such as Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and Internet of Things are driving this industry into the future. To remain competitive in the global economy, manufacturers need to continually innovate and embrace new technologies.

However, many smaller manufacturers delay adopting new technology because of the risk of making large, upfront investments with uncertain return. To help southern Ontario manufacturers determine how technology can improve operations and maximize productivity, CME is launching the new Technology Assessment Program.

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced a FedDev Ontario investment of over $5.2 million for CME to deliver this new program.

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