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CMTS 2011 wrap-up

O’Leary opens the show, doubled show-floor and 10 per cent rise in attendance


November 10, 2011
by CanadianManufacturing.com Staff

TORONTOOrganizers of this year’s Canadian Manufacturing and Technology Show (CMTS 2011) suggest a standing-room only keynote address, a show-floor twice the size of CMTS 2009 and a 10 per cent attendance increase reflect the growing optimism of Canadian manufacturing.

“We took some big steps this year, using the latest in social media to create a more personalized experience for delegates while expanding the show floor to include significant educational and networking components, and our expectations were exceeded,” said Nick Samain, event manager at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

Kevin O’Leary, best-known as the ruthless judge on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, opened the show with a thought-provoking keynote, encouraging Canadian manufacturers to keep pushing the envelope and explored the importance of emerging markets.

He also encouraged ongoing investment in technology.

“People think that automation is killing jobs in Canada, when in fact, it’s enhancing the value of jobs you can provide,” he said.

Other highlights from this year’s show include:

  • 500-exhibits featuring 150 new products and live demonstrations, including the world’s first punching machine with skeleton-free processing and a 20-ton punching force.
  • Demonstrations of some of the latest advances in hybrid and solar cars by university students from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, featured as part of Innovation Alley show feature.
  • An Automotive Summit sponsored by the APMA, led by automotive insight journalist and TV host John McElroy which explored the challenges, opportunities and future trends for the Canadian automotive industry and North American supply chain.
  • Well represented international presence including a 150 exhibitor international pavilion from India which featured the Canadian debut of the Tato Nano, a well attended networking reception sponsored by the Dutch Consulate and a show floor featuring the latest technology from more than 38 countries around the world.