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Manufacturing trade show set for Kitchener, Ont., next week

Kitchener, ON -- The Southwestern Ontario Industrial Show (SOIS) takes place June 2-3, 2004, at the Kitchener Memor...


Kitchener, ON — The Southwestern Ontario Industrial Show (SOIS) takes place June 2-3, 2004, at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ont. It is aimed to be a resource for manufacturing and industrial professionals throughout the region.

“The Southwestern Ontario Industrial Show is a … source of information for [companies] to better compete in the global marketplace,” says John Tennant, chief executive officer of Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc., the public/private economic development partnership marketing Waterloo Region, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo.

SOIS is endorsed by local business associations: the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc.

Nearly one-quarter of exhibiting companies are local to the area. A special feature area, Next Generation Solar Power, has been designed to showcase a unique local innovation. Spheral Solar Power (SSP) is bringing high-tech flexible solar products to the show floor, including single solar cells, portable marine modules and other unique solar power applications, which are built in Cambridge.

“This year, we’ve added a complimentary educational program featuring top-notch local speakers to add more value for attendees and to enhance the local focus of the event,” says group show manager Robert Mathieu.

Each day of the event will start with a free keynote presentation by a manufacturing industry expert. On June 2 at 10:00 a.m., automotive industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers will provide a comprehensive overview of the North American automotive industry with an emphasis on the outlook for Canadian players in the industry.

The keynote presentation on June 3 is by Glen Hodgson, vice-president & chief deputy economist, Export Development Canada, who will examine China’s Economic Transformation and what it means to Canadian Business.

In the afternoon, area business leaders will offer perspectives on the challenges and opportunities ahead in a Local Leader Lecture Series.

Visit the show website at www.sois.ca, or call 1-888-322-7333, for the complete educational program schedule, presentation topics and speaker biographies.

SOIS is sponsored by Canadian Tooling & Machining Association, Canadian Fluid Power Association and Plant Maintenance & Engineering Association of Canada (PEMAC), and is being produced by Reed Exhibitions.