July 8, 2020

The Latest

NGen COVID-19 Response: Made Smarter - Strategic Supply Challenge

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NGen is launching a strategic supply challenge aimed at developing sustainable and globally competitive manufacturing capabilities in Canada for products critical to protecting the health of Canadians.

Projects will be selected for funding based on critical needs identified by the Government of Canada, the long-term viability of manufacturing those products in Canada, and the ability of manufacturers to produce products that are safe for use and meet required product and production quality standards.

Be sure not to miss;

  • Webinar - Application and Finance: Rules & Process: July 9, 2020 
  • Deadline for Applications: August 11th, 2020 17:00 EST

Register and learn more_>

NGen Supports Manufacturing of Disinfection Robots

NGen investments target health and safety solutions for patients and employees

NGen is co-investing $5 million in projects leading to the development and production in Canada of automated hands-free disinfection technologies to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Five outstanding projects have been selected for funding under NGen’s Disinfection Robot Challenge. With matching contributions from industry, total value of these projects will exceed $10 million.
A&K Robotics,
AIS, Advanced Intelligence Systems,
and Prescient.
Read more_>

Canada’s Manufacturing Supercluster and industry partners invest $28.8 million
in new and emerging technologies

NGen has announced a collaborative funding effort worth $28.8 million to support nine cutting-edge projects across Canada. NGen’s contribution of $11.3 million is leveraging an additional $17.5 million in investments from 27 industry partners.

“Manufacturing supports 1.7 million jobs across Canada, and is one of the key drivers of our economy,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “Our Government’s investment in the NGen Supercluster is resulting in Made in Canada solutions that improve our quality of life, create quality well-paying jobs and promote clean growth.”

“The advanced manufacturing projects we support combine some of the best in knowledge, technologies and production capability that Canada has to offer,” said Jayson Myers, CEO, NGen. “Collaboration allows Canadian companies to create leading edge solutions for Canada that can then be leveraged to capture new market opportunities around the world.” Read more_>

NGen Collaboration Corner
Supercluster project partnership opportunities
Are you looking to collaborate?
Welcome to NGen's Collaboration Corner. This feature is available for member companies looking to connect with other companies for partnering opportunities for an Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster project. If you have a project idea you wish showcased on NGen’s Newsletter and Website. Apply here.
Featured opportunities: Pacefactory

Project description: Pacefactory has developed a real-time production efficiency monitoring solution using video analytics to track combined machine and human performance metrics. This analytical approach can simultaneously find quality and safety anomalies in production patterns, while visually representing problem solving examples for teams to collaborate on. The result is a consultative problem solving tool that rapidly increases productivity and profitability of manufacturing operations. Learn more_>

Apex Industries

Project Description: Apex is looking to establish a manufacturing process to produce a new composite material. This material will provide a cost-effective alternative with superior hardness and heat resistance to current available artificial solid surface materials for counter tops, interiors and exteriors of buildings.

Through this project, Apex is looking to establish an advanced manufacturing process encompassing a viable printing technology, resin mixing, glass and paper impregnation, continuous in-line drying, in-line cutting and stacking capabilities. The end product will incorporate 50-100 layers of impregnated material and printed product. Learn more_>

Online Events

Dates: July 14-15, 2020

Hannover-Messe-LogoFor the first time, HANNOVER MESSE is organizing a digital event based around the key theme of industrial transformation. What levers need to be applied to ensure that industry recovers quickly from the consequences of the shutdown?

The Digital Days will discuss current industry trends in Industry 4.0, AI, 5G, Smart, Energy and Logistics 4.0. The event is free. Register here_>

Export Webinar (Europe)

CE marking for industry automation: How to get it right and save money.

Thursday, July 16, 2020
From 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The European market offers opportunities for Ontario technology and manufacturing companies that operate in verticals such as integrated assembly solutions, industrial robots, professional service robotics, machine vision, positioning systems, sensor technology, and supply technology.

This webinar will enhance your company’s technology competitiveness by providing you with practical information on how to conform industrial equipment and devices to European standards. Learn more

NGen Partners Corner

Innovation Economy Council white paper — Factory Forward: How Advanced Manufacturing is Retooling Ontario’s Industrial Heartland

This week, the Innovation Economy Council published Factory Forward, a report that details how advanced manufacturing is retooling ontario's industrial heartland. Read the report and watch a recording of the live broadcast including remarks from NGen CEO Jayson Myers.

Survey: Advanced Manufacturing Outlook 2021

For a second year, Canadian Manufacturing is putting together a report on advanced manufacturing that will provide valuable insights into how companies are (or are not) engaging with Industry 4.0. We want to hear from you! How is your firm utilizing IoT, analytics, automation or other elements of digitization? Let us know!

The survey will take 12-minutes and all information will be kept confidential. Take the survey_>

EMC Industry Pulse: Manufacturing Sector Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

EMC has been reaching out to manufacturers across Canada, asking short ‘INDUSTRY PULSE’ questions about the current state of the sector and the impacts this pandemic is having on their business.  The response has been tremendous. Read more_>