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CMTS now five shows in one

The Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS), the country's largest trade event for industrial professionals, takes place Oct. 20-23, 2003 at the National Trade Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto....

September 1, 2003 | By MRO Magazine

The Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS), the country’s largest trade event for industrial professionals, takes place Oct. 20-23, 2003 at the National Trade Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. The show is produced by Reed Exhibitions Canada.

CMTS is a new banner for this event, which was previously known as the Canadian Machine Tool Show and National Factory Automation Show. “This new show name better reflects the range of products and services that will be featured, and brands the show alongside Reed Exhibitions’ other manufacturing technology events across North America,” says group show manager Robert Mathieu.

CMTS is now five shows in one. Along with the Canadian Machine Tool Show and National Factory Automation Show sections, there are three new areas: Tooling and Supplies, Measurement Technology/Quality Assurance, and Metal Forming (including exhibitors from the Canadian Fabricating and Stamping Machinery Show, previously co-located with Weld Expo Canada).

“We’ve expanded this event to ensure that all areas of manufacturing can benefit by attending. We wanted this to truly be a one-stop-shopping destination for the manufacturing industry,” says Mathieu. With more than 600 manufacturers and distributors gathered under one roof, CMTS will be North America’s largest manufacturing technology event this year.


Sponsors of the event include the Plant Engineering & Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC), the Canadian Machine Tool Distributors Association, and the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association.

CMTS also will offer a series of educational seminars on lean manufacturing. These seminars are presented by Dirk Hooiman of The Navigator Group, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Lean Master with 28 years of experience and accomplishments in saving companies millions of dollars.

Session I – Lean Manufacturing and Culture; How to Affect a Lasting Change (Oct. 21, 8:30 – 12:30) will provide an overview of lean principles, methodologies and tools, and will discuss how to develop a lean manager and lean leader, and how to create a lean culture.

Session II – Lean and the Job Shop Environment (Oct. 22, 8:30 – 12:30) will define lean, outline principles of lean and how they apply to the job shop environment, and include a simulation on the principles of lean in a job shop.

Course descriptions and registration information are available on the show website at

A new special event will be held at CMTS on Oct. 21. IT for Industry presents the first-ever Technology in Manufacturing Awards.

For more information, or to register to attend the show, go to or call 416-491-7565 or 1-888-322-7333.

CTMS at a glance


Mon. Oct. 20, 10-6;

Tues. Oct. 21, 10-8;

Weds. Oct. 22, 10-8;

Thurs. Oct. 23, 10-4.

WHERE: National Trade Centre, Halls A, B, C & D, Exhibition Place, Toronto.


Online at,

or call 416-491-7565/


Tips for visiting CMTS

1. Plan your time: To make the most of your trade show experience, you have to plan ahead. Take some time to think about your operational needs and challenges. Determine what types of products can help. Do some preliminary research on trends and innovations to help identify exhibitors who are on the cutting edge.

2. List your objectives: Make a list of objectives you hope to accomplish at the show, including products you want to compare, booths you want to visit, suppliers you want to meet with, and educational sessions you want to attend. Your list will make your time at the show more productive and provide you with a way to measure the success of your experience once you return to the shop.

3. Visit twice: Try to dedicate two days to the show; one to browse the show floor, scout out the products and exhibitors you’re looking for, compare products and suppliers, and make appointments for day two. On the second day, you’ll be ready to meet with vendors to ask more detailed technical questions and fill out purchase orders.


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