NGen funds seven manufacturing technology projects

HAMILTON, Ontario — Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the industry-led organization leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, is funding seven projects that will see the expansion of advanced manufacturing technology clusters across Canada.

“In addition to supporting innovative manufacturing and technology projects, NGen is focused on strengthening the ecosystem by building and connecting advanced manufacturing clusters across Canada,” said Jayson Myers, CEO, NGen. “These projects range from creating new associations to increasing capacity within existing clusters to generate new business opportunities for members. The cluster building funding will scale the impact of Supercluster investments and extend benefits to over 1,700 SMEs involved in NGen-funded networks and industry associations.”

The projects that have been approved for funding are:

Canadian Advanced Air Mobility, Vancouver, BC. is a zero-emission aviation solution that will fuse the expertise of Canada’s existing automotive sector with that of the aerospace industry in manufacturing and operating new zero-emission aircraft in Canada.

Canadian Association of Moldmakers (CAMM) Inc., Windsor, ON is developing a digital platform that will allow mold makers to shift their business plans to include a hybrid of virtual and in person strategies. This will provide SMEs with access to international markets and help them become more globally competitive.

Photons Canada, the Canadian Photonic Industry Consortium (CPIC) Inc., Quebec City, QC is creating a virtual photon cluster that will provide information and insight into the application of photonics in different industry sectors and will foster collaboration by bringing together photonic and manufacturing companies, academia, and research institutions.

Central Alberta Access Prosperity, Red Deere, AB, has formed the Alberta Manufacturing & Export Enhancement (MEE) cluster to bring together Alberta’s manufacturers to create opportunities, share best practices, solve common challenges, build partnerships, and enhance growth. Through networking, economies of scale and educational events, manufacturers will gain access to expertise and information that will strengthen competitiveness, encourage innovation, and help companies generate
new commercial opportunities in domestic and global markets.

NanoCanada, Edmonton, AB, has formed the first Canadian nanomedicine cluster, Nanomedicine Canada connecting a community of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in the nanomedicine supply chain. The new cluster will be a hub for collaboration and partnerships, provide a database of expertise and capabilities, and showcase Canada’s leadership on the global stage.

Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC), Pickering, ON, has designed a Virtual Aerospace Matchmaking Platform and Intelligence Hub branded aero+b2beematch that will be a dedicated space for aerospace SMEs and industry clusters to network globally, gather market intelligence, and share innovation challenges. The platform’s analytical tools will deliver insights on the sector’s demographics, capabilities and funding gaps enabling OAC to provide increased support to its member ecosystem.

Verschuren Centre, Sydney, NS, is leading the creation of the Clean Technology Bio-Industrial Cluster. The cluster will enable and accelerate commercialization of new Canadian clean technology bio-industrial start-ups, connect bio-industrial SMEs with other Canadian manufacturers, create leading innovations and IP, and create a sustainable and renewable bio-industrial supply chain.