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2006 Canadian Manufacturing Week promotes innovation, productivity and growth for manufacturing

Toronto, ON -- The 2006 Canadian Manufacturing Week, to be held Sept. 26-28, 2006, and co-located with Weld Expo Ca...


Toronto, ON — The 2006 Canadian Manufacturing Week, to be held Sept. 26-28, 2006, and co-located with Weld Expo Canada and Metal Finishing Expo Canada, is expected to provide Canadian manufacturers with new sources and ideas for innovation, productivity, and growth.

Canadian Manufacturing Week has long been the largest trade event focused on improving the state of manufacturing in Canada, attracting well over 7,000 manufacturing executives, professionals, and technicians to the International Centre in Toronto every other year.

With over 400 exhibitors spread across 200,000 sq ft of floor space at the International Centre, CMW/Weld Expo/Metal Finishing Expo is Canada’s most comprehensive showcase of industrial equipment, products, and services. And with an intensified emphasis on education, its conference will provide attendees with practical seminars, workshops, and special sessions to help Canadian manufacturers take their businesses to the next level of competitiveness.

Bob Mathieu, group show manager, “We are very pleased and encouraged that the companies that Canadian manufacturers want to meet and see will be exhibiting at CMW. And this year’s conference is the best ever, offering tremendous educational opportunities.”

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Addresses will be delivered by Craig Alexander, vice-president & deputy chief economist at TD Bank Financial Group, and Colin Wu, president of China Business Sources. Alexander will provide insight on “Economic Expectations for Manufacturing in Canada,” highlighting trends in global, national, and political factors affecting manufacturers in the next few years. Wu will clarify “What’s Behind Chinese Competitiveness,” reflecting on his first-hand experience with both Canadian and Chinese manufacturers and how Canadian manufacturers can gain and maintain their competitive advantages. Both keynote speeches are free to all registered attendees.

The CMW exhibits focus on the primary concerns of small, mid-size, and larger manufacturers with sections on Design Engineering, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), Equipment and Machinery Maintenance (MRO), and Plant and Facility Maintenance. All of these sections offer exhibits with the latest technologies, products, and solutions for more productive, more innovative, safer, and more reliable manufacturing operations.

Weld Expo is Canada’s largest and most established welding event, offering a full spectrum of new welding technologies, products, and services for metal fabrication. This comprehensive event allows decision makers and buying teams to shop for a wide range of solutions to improve their operations. A special feature this year is the “Dream Welding Workshop”, sponsored by the Canadian Welding Association. Attendees will see the latest welding equipment, gear, and accessories, and will have an opportunity to win a Workshop each day of the Show.

Metal Finishing Expo highlights advancements in metal finishing processes for metal forming and welding. It features the latest equipment for the finishing of metal products.

This year’s conference comprises 35 seminars, workshops, and special sessions. There are session tracks on The Front End of Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Operations and Systems, Plant Maintenance, Plant Safety, Operational Improvement, Welding Technologies, and Welding Safety. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn about practical ideas, innovations, and solutions that can be implemented to improve how Canadian manufacturing firms compete locally and globally. Fourteen of the sessions are sponsored by the Canadian Welding Association.

There will also be a special forum session to discuss the connection between education and manufacturing on Thursday, Sept. 28. This session, free to all registered attendees, will feature experts from industry and government, including the Honourable Christopher Bentley, Minister of Training Colleges and Universities for the Government of Ontario.

Detailed information and registration for Canadian Manufacturing Week is available on-line at www.cmwshow.ca.

Canadian Manufacturing Week is produced by Reed Exhibitions of Toronto.