Canada’s Manufacturing Supercluster invests in Vaughan companies

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the industry-led organization leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, has announced a collaborative funding effort worth $28.8 million to support nine cutting-edge projects across Canada, two of which involve Vaughan-based companies.

“The advanced manufacturing projects we support combine some of the best in knowledge, technologies and production capability that Canada has to offer,” said Jayson Myers, CEO, NGen. “Collaboration allows Canadian companies to create leading edge solutions for Canada that can then be leveraged to capture new market opportunities around the world.”

The projects, which combine Canada’s manufacturing strengths with new and emerging technologies, were selected for NGen funding by a panel of independent experts.

Funded projects that involve Vaughan companies:

  • Concord-based Macrodyne Technologies is partnering with Conrex Steel and Source Industrial Services on a collaborative project that will create the world’s most sophisticated steel forming press. The project will bring new capacity and data to manipulate large thick panels for domestic shipbuilding needs on Canada’s East and West coasts, international sphere storage vessel forming and finally thick steel heads for pressure vessels throughout North America. The consortium aims to challenge conventional capabilities and push new possibilities within the industrial use of Canadian steel, strengthen Canadian supplier networks, and showcase unique Canadian IP and manufacturing capabilities in press and crane technologies.
  • Woodbridge-based Niigon Machines, in partnership with MPC, is developing a new manufacturing process that will transform the way automotive components are made, allowing cycle times to be cut in half, increasing productivity, and decreasing costs.

These projects are part of a portfolio of advanced manufacturing initiatives that NGen will fund from the Canadian Government’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative. NGen’s goal is to generate at least $13.5 billion in GDP growth and create 13,500 new jobs while addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems in health care, resource management, and environmental.