New automated plant grows Montreal aerospace cluster

by DON WALL – The time is right to be in the additive manufacturing business, says a Montreal executive, especially when one’s product is being sold into the booming aerospace sector.

Advanced Powders & Coatings had three of these stainless steel atomizing reactors in operation creating titanium powder in 2015. It will have five more up and running in its original Montreal plant by the end of this year and then by next August the company plans to open a second plant with four more reactors in immediate operation with the capacity to add eight more.

Advanced Powders & Coatings had three of these stainless steel atomizing reactors in operation creating titanium powder in 2015. It will have five more up and running in its original Montreal plant by the end of this year and then by next August the company plans to open a second plant with four more reactors in immediate operation with the capacity to add eight more. – Photo:Advanced Powders & Coatings

That’s exactly the cross-section where Montreal-based manufacturer Advanced Powders & Coatings (AP&C) finds itself. Demand for its specialized titanium powder is so robust that it’s building a second plant in northern Montreal this fall to meet growing demand.

The announcement from AP&C, which sells into the aerospace and biomedical industries as a subsidiary of Swedish firm Arcam AB, came at the Farnborough, U.K. International Airshow in July. Plans for the new plant, valued at $31 million, follow on the heels of a recent expansion that tripled the production capacity of AP&C’s existing facilities, located in the Boisbriand region in north Montreal.

Greater Montreal’s aerospace cluster is vaulting up the international rankings alongside global aerospace powerhouses Toulouse, in France, and Seattle, and now ranks third in the world. It accounts for more than 40,000 jobs and over $15.5 billion in sales, according to statistics published by Montreal International. Among project spending announced in the region in recent years were investments of $90 million from LTA Aerostructures, a manufacturer of heavy-load airships, and $12 million from LISI Aerospace to expand its production of titanium-assembly components; and just in May came the announcement that Bell Helicopter was transferring its Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter assembly line from Louisiana, creating 100 jobs… more

SOURCE – Daily Commercial News

Robots and Open Source Operating Software: Webinar

The Robotics Industry Association invites you to take part in a webinar about open source operating software.

When: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM ET
Register here.
Presenter: Jim Beretta


Open source (OS) software is all around us. We are often using it without even knowing about it. We will look at the many questions you may have about robots and OS. What is open source software? Where is the profit in open source? What is the advantage to using open source software in the robotics and automation industries? Is open source safe, secure, reliable and hack-proof? We talk to the experts that will answer these questions and examine some new ones, because this is just the beginning. (Source:


Event: Connect with robotics and automation companies in Massachusetts

The Future of Manufacturing:

Connecting Canadian robotics and automation companies
with customers & partners in Massachusetts

March 7-9, 2015

Mark your calendar for this dynamic 3-day program that connects Canadian industrial robotics and automation companies to potential partners, customers and researchers from Massachusetts’s manufacturing and robotics communities.

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The Massachusetts Ecosystem

Massachusetts is home to booming robotics cluster of more than 150 companies, 10 research institutions active in robotics R&D programs, and millions of dollars of investments. Since 2008, the Massachusetts robotics industry has attracted more than $200 million in venture capital funding and launched at least 20 robotics start-ups. At the same time, the advanced manufacturing industry in New England and Massachusetts in particular is fueled by innovation. With expertise in aerospace, defense, semiconductors, medical device, and biotechnology, the manufacturing industry in Massachusetts is valued at $44 billion.

The Experience

  • One-on-one meetings with corporate partners, technology adopters, and manufacturers
  • Networking opportunities with the Boston robotics community
  • Pitch your technology to an audience of U.S. manufacturers and partners
  • Site visits to U.S. manufacturing facilities
  • High level presentations from members of the MassTLC Robotics cluster

Join us!

If you are an innovative company active in the industrial robotics or automation industry, then apply now. Contact

**The deadline for applications is February 5, 2016**

This program is being organized in collaboration with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), and the Regroupement des Équipementiers en Automatisation Industrielle (REAI) under the GEAR initiative.

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Growing the Canadian Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Automation Sector

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) held a roundtable on advanced robotics and intelligent automation (AR&IA) in Montreal on November 20th, 2015, at the Marriot Château Champlain. More than 35 representatives of robotics and automation firms, as well as manufacturers, provincial representatives and federal officials, participated in this event. The roundtable intended to identify pathways for industry and government – both technological and non-technological – to seize opportunities associated with AR&IA, understand success factors, and collaborate on initiatives to grow the sector in Canada… more.

CME launches GEAR Group of Experts in Automation and Robotics

OTTAWA – Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has launched GEAR a national network of excellence dedicated to the adoption and development of automation and industrial robotics in Canada. GEAR (group of experts in automation and robotics) comprises private, public, academic, and non-profit entities.

“Automation and industrial robotics is the key to increased productivity for Canadian Manufacturers,” said CME President and CEO Jayson Myers. “CME is proud of GEAR and the leadership it offers its partners and all stakeholders dedicated to improving how things are built in Canada.”

The network covers a broad range of automation and robotics system specialists, including Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), providers of customized automation systems, academic institutions and government entities with robotics and automation laboratories, as well as end-user manufacturers interested in learning more on the benefits automation and robotics can offer to their processes.

“As part of CME’s ongoing commitment to ensuring Canadian industry is on the cutting-edge of technology and innovation, we have developed GEAR Canada in order to directly network automation and industrial robotics companies with vendors and educational institutions,” said Martin Lavoie CME Director of Innovation. “We look forward to expanding this group of experts and making Canadian companies global leaders in productivity.”

Designed to help its members navigate through the various companies offering equipment and customized solutions, GEAR will assist in locating the funding to implement this crucial technology.

About CME

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME’s members are small and medium-sized enterprises.