Supporting electronic manufacturing growth through innovation

From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Nova Scotia’s Sunsel Systems adopts new advanced planning system

January 28, 2019 – Dartmouth, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Discovering new ways to strengthen competitiveness in manufacturing is vital for companies to scale operations, take advantage of export opportunities and generate economic wealth. An Atlantic Canadian frontrunner in designing, manufacturing and testing electronic components and printed circuit boards, Sunsel Systems Manufacturing Corporation is adopting advanced technologies to help modernize its processes and grow its operations in Nova Scotia.

With help from the Government of Canada, Sunsel will improve its competitiveness as a key supplier to manufacturers in the global marketplace by implementing new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to help analyze production levels. The integrated ERP system will help the company improve its inventory management and streamline procurement to meet evolving market demands. This project will help accelerate the company’s growth, positioning Sunsel as a leader in electronic manufacturing services.

Today, Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced support for the purchase and implementation of the technological system.

The repayable investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, which supports strategic investments in initiatives that build on the region’s competitive advantages, such as its strong export potential, growing innovation network, and skilled workforce.

“New technology in traditional industries pushes Canadian businesses to adapt, innovate and expand, stimulating economic growth and creating good jobs for the middle class. Investments like the one being announced today help businesses maintain their competitive edge and support the work of the Atlantic Growth Strategy.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Electronic manufacturing service providers like Dartmouth’s Sunsel Systems are game-changers for manufacturers in healthcare, power and energy sectors, as well as many other Atlantic Canadian industries. Helping companies make their mark to become recognized players and key suppliers in the manufacturing sector will add to the region’s prosperity.”

– Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour

“Innovation is key to a strong and vibrant economy. Investing in new technologies and training opportunities improves productivity and profitability, and helps companies drive growth, be more competitive and succeed.”

– The Honourable Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education

“These are exciting times in Atlantic Canada, with innovation driving growth for companies that are willing to push the boundaries. It is through the assistance of our valued partners, like ACOA, that companies such as Sunsel can confidently pursue the opportunities that arise as a result of wise investments in productivity tools and process enhancements.”

– Julian Taylor, President and CEO, Sunsel Systems

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada invested $81,500 through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP) to help Sunsel Systems procure and implement the new ERP system. The Province of Nova Scotia also contributed about $50,000 through the Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) and its Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive Program (WIPSI).

  • The BDP primarily assists Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs who want to start a business, increase productivity or improve operations. Investments under the BDP address any gap that may arise if an application does not fit within ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.

  • The Business Development Program continues to build on the objectives of the Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

  • Sunsel Systems Manufacturing is a premier electronic services company in Atlantic Canada that uses cutting-edge technology to provide equipment manufacturers with custom solutions for the concept, design and commercialization of products.

  • The new ERP system will greatly enhance the work process for 47 highly skilled employees in electronics manufacturing in the region.

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