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GEAR calls on industry and the federal government to improve productivity through the adoption of automation solutions

Published by Marie Morden on November 02, 2016

The Group of Experts in Automation and Robotics (GEAR), an initiative of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), calls on industry and the federal government to take action and help Canadian manufacturers improve their productivity through the adoption of automation solutions. CME and it's GEAR network recently released Industrie 2030: Manufacturing Growth, Innovation and Prosperity for Canada, a bold plan to double Canadian manufacturing output by 2030 (

"Automation is the key to achieving the goals of doubling output by 2030 in Canada," said Martin Lavoie, Executive Director of GEAR Canada. "This is certainly not simple - however with industry and governments working together and adopting a plan of action designed to help manufacturers invest in automation to increase their productivity, it can be done."

In the next months, GEAR will host technology demonstration workshops and related events throughout Ontario to help raise awareness of the advantages in adopting automation. Partnering with Canadian manufacturers such as Festo and ABB, other industrial associations such as Québec's Réseau des Équipementiers en Automatisation Industrielle(REAI) and academic institutions such as Sheridan College, GEAR will share best practices and inform about automation solutions that can help companies improve their productivity and operational efficiency. Canada needs leadership in guiding companies through this period of transition to automation and GEAR is ready to build the group of experts needed for the job.

GEAR representatives are present today and tomorrow at the Advanced Manufacturing Conference held in Toronto on November 2-3, 2016, Booth # 300. For more information, please contact Martin Lavoie, Executive Director at or Frank Defalco, Manager, at

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"Sheridan College is proud to partner with GEAR on this important initiative," said Farzad Rayegani, Associate Dean in the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology, and Director of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies. "Our Centre is one of the best-equipped research and training facilities in the country, and we are actively working with SME's who are seeking to explore and adapt new technologies. We look forward to collaborating with GEAR to help promote the benefits of automation more broadly."

As manufacturing moves from mass production to mass customization the flexibility to efficiently change and adapt production becomes critical. This requires increased collaboration between people and robots, between islands of automation and even between production sites. Collaboration and digitalization are hallmarks of the factory of the future, where actionable information drives better decisions and operations from engineering and commissioning to running and maintaining production. "The future of manufacturing in Canada relies on collaboration and digitization allowing industries flexibility to adapt and change to market conditions," says Nathalie Pilon, President of ABB in Canada. "ABB is proud to be a leading supplier globally of robotic solutions which help its customers manage this transition towards the factory of the future while building their competitive edge for efficiency, reliability and market agility."

"Quebec's Réseau des Équipementiers en Automatisation Industrielle (RÉAI) is proud to support CME's Industrie 2030 action plan and the future activities of the Group of experts in automation and Robotics (GEAR). We look forward to collaborating and sharing our expertise with our colleagues from other Canadian provinces," said Louis Dicaire, President of RÉAI.

"As a global leader in automation equipment manufacturing, Festo welcomes CME's Industrie 2030 Action Plan and looks forward to working in partnership with the Group of Experts in Automation and Robotics (GEAR) to help Canadian manufacturers take advantage of advanced automation solutions and increase their global competitiveness, said Patrice Charlebois, Industry Segment Manager - Food & Beverage, Biotech/Pharma."

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