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Advanced technology becoming common in manufacturing plants

Ottawa, ON -- Advanced technologies are used extensively in Canadian manufacturing plants, according to preliminary...


Ottawa, ON — Advanced technologies are used extensively in Canadian manufacturing plants, according to preliminary data from Statistics Canada’s 2007 Survey of Advanced Technology.

Although almost all (92%) manufacturing plants currently use at least one advanced technology, more than two-thirds (69%) use at least five advanced technologies.

An advanced technology is one that performs a new function or improves some function to make it significantly better than a traditional or more commonly used technology. For the purposes of the survey, 39 technologies divided into six functional areas were considered to be advanced.

Advanced technologies are used throughout the manufacturing process. The survey found that communications technologies were the most commonly used functional group of advanced technologies.

The most common advanced technology, company-wide computer networks (including Local Area Networks, Intranet and Wide Area Networks), was used by three-quarters (75%) of manufacturing plants.

The range of plants using at least five advanced technologies varied widely, from a high of 84% in computer and electronic product manufacturing to a low of 28% in leather and allied product manufacturing.

Percentage of manufacturing plants using advanced technologies by functional group
– Design, engineering and virtual manufacturing technologies: 63.6 %
– Processing, fabrication and assembly technologies: 46.6%
– Inspection technologies: 21.3%
– Communications technologies: 88.1%
– Automated material handling technologies: 33.1%
– Integration and control technologies: 64.0%