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Expanded Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show runs May 14-16

Montreal, QC – In the wake of a recent study calling for Quebec manufacturers to shift focus to services as a way to boost competitiveness and the bottom line, organizers of the Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show (MMTS) are gearing up...

Montreal, QC – In the wake of a recent study calling for Quebec manufacturers to shift focus to services as a way to boost competitiveness and the bottom line, organizers of the Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show (MMTS) are gearing up for their largest event yet, to be held May 14-16, 2012 at Montreal’s Place Bonaventure.

According to the report, released by the Conference Board of Canada and McGill University, Quebec manufacturers stand to benefit by adding services to their main product offerings, a move that requires hiring specialized staff and calculated risk. However, there are inherent challenges and demands facing companies as they attempt to reinvent their business, and that’s where the newly expanded MMTS is fulfilling a need, says Nick Samain, group show manager with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), organizer of MMTS.

“Quebec manufacturers face major challenges when it comes to expanding into new areas, attracting and retaining qualified personnel, and keeping up with technology trends,” said Samain. “At MMTS, they will discover the information and technology solutions they need to sustain growth in this crucial industry sector.”

The premier manufacturing gathering in Quebec, MMTS represents a cross-section of more than 20 manufacturing industries. This year’s event features a 15% increase in show floor space, a re-vitalized educational component and more opportunities for networking through on-site interactive sessions and social media. Highlights include:


Opening keynote address by Canadian senator and former CFLer Larry Smith on Monday, May 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The former star fullback and president of the Montreal Alouettes Canadian Football League franchise, and one of Quebec’s most respected business leaders, will show how mastering the three elements of change, vision and mission can lead to business success. He will also share his belief that how well you build your team – or business – depends on how well you sell your vision for change.

An interactive forum with Deloitte, Tuesday, May 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Hear what expert panelists have to say about the current – and future – state of manufacturing in Quebec. Moderated by inventor, professor and author Viwek Vaidya, M. Eng, the panel includes Louis J. Duhamel, consulting lead for private companies at Deloitte and chair of the Quebec Boards of Trade Federation, along with Stéphane Lamarre, Plant Manager at Hubbell Canada. The town hall panel session will address manufacturing challenges moving forward.

Complimentary Lunch and Learn session, Tuesday, May 15, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Representatives from Boa-Franc, a North American leader in prefinished hardwood flooring, will use real-world examples to show how the company has applied technology, including enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and systems, to drive long-term, continuous business success.

Job Shop Night with former NHLer Gilbert Delorme, Tuesday, May 15, from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Independent job shop owners, staff and their adult family members will have no-charge access to the show’s expansive exhibition of the latest manufacturing technologies in today’s market, a complimentary smoked meat dinner, and an opportunity to mingle with Gilbert Delorme, former Montreal Canadiens and Quebec Nordiques hockey player.

Additional hands-on conference sessions on technical topics of interest, such as: How Your Business Can Benefit from Cloud Technologies; A Six-Step Approach to Improving Business Operations; and, Do You Know Your Virtual Factory?

A first-ever innovative and engaging Presentation Hub, dubbed the SME Theatre, situated right on the show floor.

At MMTS, attendees will learn more about key advances in such areas as high-speed machining, aerospace, transportation, energy, efficiency, lean manufacturing and more. Key exhibitors appearing on the show floor include: Sandvik, Elliott Matsuura, Machineries BV, Huron Canada, Isotop, Megatel, Ellison/Mori Seiki, AW Miller/Mazak, Okuma, OMAX, Trumpf, Prima Finn Power and many more.

The event is produced in partnership with the Canadian Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (CMTDA), Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA), Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA), Quebec Aerospace Association (AQA) and Les Affaires.

For more information about MMTS, to exhibit or to register for the event, visit or call 1-888-322-7333 ext. ext. 4435.