Canada recognizes auto-equipment manufacturer as innovation leader

Wednesday July 22, 2009
Written by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
The Government of Canada recognized Cambridge-based Upland Technologies Inc., which manufactures products for the automotive industry, as a Canadian Innovation Leader. Atlantic Industries, which develops a wide range of innovative products for use in construction, transportation, public works, and the environment, was also honoured."The Government of Canada believes that investments in science and technology are investments in Canada's future," said State Minister (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear. "Our ideas, innovation and inventiveness ensure our long-term economic competitiveness. Today, I am proud to recognize Atlantic Industries and Upland Technologies, successful Canadian firms, as Canadian Innovation Leaders."Upland Technologies brings over 150 years combined experience in the tube and sheet metal forming industries. The company has developed a full suite of machines offered to auto manufacturers. The company's muffler lines are capable of producing mufflers with very low emission leakage rates. The company is now engaged in designing new specialized machines that will be able to manufacture hydro-formed automotive vehicle parts.A Canadian Innovation Leader is a small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME) that demonstrates specific advances in research and development within its industrial sector. The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) created the Canadian Innovation Leader Certificate Program to recognize Canadian firms that have successfully developed and applied innovative technologies."We are proud to recognize Atlantic Industries Limited and Upland Technologies Inc. as Canadian Innovation Leaders," said NRC president Pierre Coulombe. "Supporting small and medium-sized Canadian firms demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to encouraging S&T investments, which is crucial for improving the long-term competitiveness of Canadian firms and developing highly-skilled people to support small- and medium-sized business growth.""Upland Technologies relied on innovation and technology to differentiate itself from other competitors and to place itself in a competitive position globally," said Upland president Mohamed Gharib. "Established in 2000, Upland today is the global leader in muffler making technology and is well positioned to take advantage of the changing landscape of global manufacturing."www.actionplan.gc.ca

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