ReMAP attended the Canada-UK Advanced Manufacturing Mission on December 4th & 5th in Waterloo, ON. Innovation hubs, enterprise networks, advanced manufacturing research centres, Multinationals and SMEs from Canada and the UK were there to:
1. Identify complementary capabilities and opportunities for UK and Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to collaborate through programms such as EUREKA Eurostars and to create globally competitive products, services, and technologies in advanced manufacturing.
2. Raise awareness in the UK of wider Canadian capabilities in advanced manufacturing at the industrial, academic and institutional levels and promote collective approaches to advancing the competitiveness of both nations through joint research and development.
Four key themes driving the Advanced Manufacturing mission: Additive Metal Manufacturing, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Manufacturing Robotics, Artificial Intelligence for Quality Control
Held at Communitech in Waterloo, ON, the event was hosted by the National Research Council of Canada and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) UK
Iain Stewart, President, NRC-CNRC opened the Canada-UK Mission Workshop on Tuesday, December 5th. (Twitter- KTN UK)
The workshop was interactive, providing attendees with concrete examples and demonstrations of additive manufacturing.
How this Mission Happened
During the visit by Prime Minister Theresa May to Canada in September 2017, a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)1,2 on partnership in science, technology and innovation was signed be
tween the two Governments. The United Kingdom is one of Canada’s most significant trading partners, with one of the longest histories of innovation in manufacturing technologies. It has the UK equivalent of SuperClusters, a well-developed network of innovation support through Innovate UK and its 10 Catapults.
About National Research Council (NRC)
The NRC is an agency of the Government of Canada, reporting to Parliament through, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, The Honourable Navdeep Bains. As a world-leading research organization, NRC is investing strategically in competencies and technology platforms that enable our researchers to remain ahead of the curve in their areas of specialty, while constantly scanning for emerging disciplines for possible future investment, to ensure ongoing relevance and value to Canadian industry.
About Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) provides support to Canada’s most innovative and creative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A key part of IRAP’s role is supporting firms’ growth through international collaboration. IRAP delivers programs such as Eureka and the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) to growth-oriented and ambitious Canadian SMEs.
The IRAP International Networks Team (INT) works with SMEs across Canada to support their co-innovation and growth in over 40 countries.
Date: December 4 & 5, 2017
Venue: Communitech, The Tannery
Address: 151 Charles St W #100, Kitchener, ON
Website: About NRC-CNRC