Automate Canada will be the new global cluster of companies specializing in manufacturing automation solutions.
Automation extends beyond automotive to touch on such industries as agriculture, energy and logistics, and an automation cluster would greatly diversify the Windsor region’s economy, the organization says.
CAMM president Jonathon Azzopardi says that to his knowledge, no other region in North America has such a concentration of automotive and automation companies.
"We’re really excited about this because it’s a first," he says. "I don’t believe there’s any organization like this."
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The new arm will provide the automation sector with opportunities in the industry including trade shows in India, Brazil, Germany and USA. In addition, Automate Canada will be the members’ voice for all house of commons meetings, trade agreement conversations, government exposure and will work to increase their reach to Industry Canada.
"There are over 300 companies involved in the engineering, design and production of advanced manufacturing systems across many sectors of Canada’s economy that make the Windsor-Essex Region known as the automation capital of Canada," says Stephen MacKenzie, CEO of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation. "As automation has become the key competitive advantage in today’s manufacturing world it is exciting to hear that CAMM has announced Automate Canada: a new global center for automation to be based in Windsor-Essex."