SME announces format change for Canadian Manufacturing Week.

Press Release Summary:

Canadian Manufacturing Week 2010, October 5-7, will take place at Toronto Congress Centre. Event will feature three-zoned format that groups latest manufacturing technologies and solutions into Weld Expo Canada, The Advanced Manufacturing Zone, and The Physical Asset Management Zone. Changes in event are based on results of February SME survey of 552 Canadian manufacturers, which indicated that 70% see businesses increasing in next 12-18 months.

Original Press Release:

New Canadian Manufacturing Week, October 5-7, Is Back Better than Ever

Canada's premiere event for manufacturers unveils new streamlined format to help businesses find innovative solutions, technologies

Toronto, Ontario - Now that the recession is declared over and economists are predicting an imminent turnaround, there's no better time for Canadian manufacturers to rediscover themselves. And with a new format, new location and an improved program, Canadian Manufacturing Week (CMW) 2010 is the place to do it.

"In the face of what's being called the new industrial revolution, the manufacturing sector is being asked to rebrand, to look for innovative ways to decrease costs while producing high quality products," said Mark Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), organizer of the event. "Canadian Manufacturing Week 2010 is responding with a more streamlined format that will make it easier for visitors to find the answers they need."

WHAT: Canadian Manufacturing Week 2010

WHEN: Tuesday, October 5 - Thursday, October 7

WHERE: Toronto Congress Centre, North Hall, 650 Dixon Road

New to this year's event is a three-zoned format that more clearly and conveniently groups the latest manufacturing technologies and solutions into specific areas:

Weld Expo Canada, featuring F3, Forming, Fabricating and Finishing. This zone highlights everything required for sheet metal operations, from laser, arc and robotic welding to stamping, waterjet cutting and pressworking, to coating equipment, electroplating and automated finishing.

The Advanced Manufacturing Zone. Zeroing in on the factory of the future, this area will focus on automation and assembly, design engineering and software, additive manufacturing and reverse engineering and electronics manufacturing. Innovative technologies on display will include robotics, sensors, machine vision, virtual reality, simulation, three-dimensional imaging and more.

The Physical Asset Management Zone. This is where manufacturers will learn everything they need to run an efficient operation. In addition to green solutions for fluid and waste management or air quality control, it will feature products for asset tracking and management, plant engineering and maintenance, as well as lean manufacturing.

According to Tomlinson, more than half of CMW visitors are high-level manufacturing professionals, accompanied by buying teams with significant equipment budgets. He points to a survey conducted by SME in February, polling 552 Canadian manufacturers, that shows 70 per cent of respondents see their businesses increasing in the next 12 to 18 months. More than 14 per cent of respondents say they are likely to spend $1 million or more on manufacturing equipment in the next year to year-and-a-half, with almost 23 per cent citing budgets in excess of $250,000. At CMW 2010, they will be able to make hands-on evaluations and comparisons of the technology and solutions they need to compete in a global market, he said.

"Our improved format offers an unprecedented opportunity for networking and taking part in expert-led industry sessions, providing a comprehensive manufacturing resource that's unparalleled in the industry today," Tomlinson said.

Technologies and solutions will be showcased for many industries including: aerospace, automotive, construction, defence, electronics, fabricated metal/stampings, government, industrial machinery/equipment, medical devices/pharmaceuticals, transportation, steel manufacturing, and utilities/energy. For more information, to register or exhibit, visit

About the Society of Manufacturing Engineers

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the world's leading resource for manufacturing information and knowledge. With Canadian headquarters in Toronto, the society promotes an increased awareness of the value of manufacturing among industry professionals and the general public, while supporting educational initiatives and introducing career options for those entering the industry. Through its many programs and activities, it connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines.


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