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Windsor company receives $3M to implement robotic system

Funding will lead to lighter engines


January 11, 2017
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Jan. 11, 2017 – Up to 70 jobs in Windsor, Ontario’s automotive sector could be created as a result of a federal investment of up to $3 million for Nemak of Canada, in partnership with Arbec Tool and Machine Ltd.

Nemak is a provider of lightweight solutions for the global automotive industry, and develops and manufactures aluminum components for powertrain and body-structure applications.

The investment, according to the manufacturer, will help to develop stronger engine blocks made of lightweight aluminum, which will be produced by a full automated robotic system. Nemak says the system will allow for flexible manufacturing processes that will make the company more globally competitive.

“These technologies will create the well-paying middle-class jobs of the future,” said Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development. “Advanced research and development projects challenge today’s autoworkers to enhance their skill set. By having a workforce with skills that are in demand and the technologies that will shape the future of the industry, Canada’s auto sector can secure its place in the global supply chain of tomorrow.”

The funding is being allocated through the Automotive Supplier Innovation Program, which supports research and development activities by small- and medium-sized companies that provide components, parts and production systems for the automotive supply chain.

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