Manufacturing AUTOMATION

ADM Toronto 2023 showcases innovation, discusses critical industry topics

November 21, 2023
By Sukanya Ray Ghosh

A panel discussion on AI for manufacturing in progress at ADM Toronto 2023.

The 2023 Toronto edition of the Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo took place at the Toronto Congress Centre from November 7 to 9. Attracting attendees from a varied range of sectors within manufacturing, the show focussed on the latest innovations with the potential to propel Canadian manufacturers on the path to continued success.

In his opening keynote, John Laughlin, CTO of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), discussed how well-positioned Canadian manufacturing was to compete on par with top global economies. He explained how Canadian stakeholders could leverage the different opportunities available for driving efficiencies in production and processes. Laughlin noted that the outlook for manufacturing across Canada is optimistic. He added that investments in the automotive sector will have a long-term effect. The adoption of advanced technologies is on the rise. NGen, said, Laughlin, is particularly seeing the investment in AI in manufacturing and is aware of the economic impacts this is having. He added that companies are increasingly onshoring and reshoring their manufacturing facilities to improve the resiliency and responsiveness of their overall supply chain.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s president and CEO, Rocco Rossi, discussed manufacturing in Ontario and the opportunities and pathways to transform the industry. He discussed how the province fared in comparison with states in Canada’s neighbour United States what steps it can take to ensure continued competitiveness. Rossi emphasized the importance of the recent major investments in the automotive sector, especially in the electric vehicle supply chain that can help in strengthening Ontario’s economy.

Presenting some snapshots captured on that show floor of the three-day event.


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Other education sessions focussed on trending subjects such as artificial intelligence, sustainability, electric vehicle supply chain, robotics and more. Dedicated product showcases throughout each day ensured that exhibitors were able to present their latest innovations to their target customers.

The Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce organized a full day of sessions on emerging technologies in automation with experts sharing best practices from Germany.

A reception at the end of the first day and a booth bar crawl on day two ensured that attendees were able to engage casually with one another as well as with exhibitors.

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