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SME Launches Advanced Manufacturing Canada with CME, MEQ and RÉAI Partnership

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Two-day event located in Montréal to focus on advanced manufacturing

(TORONTO, May 11, 2015) — As advanced manufacturing technologies are enabling companies to manufacture goods faster, better and cheaper — four industry organizations are bringing government, academia and businesses together to educate and promote the future of manufacturing. SME, along with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Manufacturers and Exporters of Quebec (MEQ) and Regroupement des équipementiers en automatisation industrielle (RÉAI) are débuting a new event — Advanced Manufacturing Canada — in Montréal, Nov. 18-19.

Advanced Manufacturing Canada (AMC), offers the Canadian manufacturing community a focused two-day conference on advanced manufacturing technologies, including automation and robotics, additive manufacturing/3D printing, materials and software. By gathering C-level executives, industry representatives, academia and government under one roof, Advanced Manufacturing Canada’s aim is to educate the manufacturing industry on how companies can produce products faster and less costly, while maintaining quality standards with the implementation of new technologies.

“Canadian manufacturers are under increased pressure to be innovative and productive — advanced manufacturing technologies provide solutions Canadians need and will ensure Canada’s place as a world leader in the industry. SME will bring its experience convening industry, government, academia and research to collaborate and solve innovation dilemmas, to this event,” says Debbie Holton, director of events and industry strategy at SME.

Taking place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the event provides a unique face-to-face opportunity to discover dynamic technology with interactive exhibits and demonstrations, along with industry networking. Best suited for manufacturing leaders, business owners, engineers, technologists, government and academia looking for new technologies and applications to improve manufacturing; AMC provides value across industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical, energy, agri-food, mining, construction, electronics, commercial and industrial equipment to name a few.

"RÉAI is very excited to partner with SME to produce an event that offers the manufacturing industry in Canada automation solutions to increase productivity. This is in hand with RÉAI's mission to enhance Quebec manufacturers' reputation in the international market," says Donald Turcotte, president of RÉAI.

Éric Tétrault, president of MEQ, said, "Companies must integrate new materials, more automated and robotized processes to encourage the industrial revival necessary for our competitiveness. This conference will be a unique opportunity to organise consultation and coordination of the actors of innovation."

Attendees will be able to participate in a hands-on learning environment that combines live technology demonstrations, roundtables and forums, industry experts, interactive panel discussions and technical sessions, ample networking and unprecedented access to transformational technologies and innovative applications.

“Advanced manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing, advanced robotics, automation and the Internet of Things are going to fuel the growth of the global manufacturing sector for years to come,” said Jayson Myers, president, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. “The question is not whether or not Canadian companies should adopt these technologies; it is about how fast Canadian companies can move forward and take advantage of them.”

For more information, or to register, please visit advancedmfg.ca, or call 1-888-322-7333, Ext. 4426.

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for the industry. Follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.

About CME
CME is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. As Canada's leading business network, CME – through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition — touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

About MEQ
Manufacturers and exporters of Quebec (MEQ) is an association whose mission is to improve the business environment and help manufacturing and exporting companies to be more competitive in the local and international markets through its leadership, its expertise, its network and the strength of its members. The five pillars of its action are: political representation, strategic information, opportunities for business, best practices and networking. MEQ is a division of manufacturers and exporters of Canada (MEC), the largest commercial and industrial association in the country founded in 1871.

About the RÉAI
The RÉAI is a grouping of industrial automation suppliers representing more than 3 000 employees and sales business of more than 380 M$. The grouping has been incorporated in 2005 with the mission to consolidate equipment manufacturers to develop a nucleus of multidisciplinary skills in the field of the design of equipment intended to promote the automation of production in manufacturing companies. The RÉAI promotes closer liaison between its members and the manufacturing industry. It uses the strengths and the complementary expertise of its members to develop more quickly. 

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