May 10, 2021
Photons Canada news

Photonics and Advanced manufacturing in Canada

This year 2021 Hanover Messe has been held virtual but had Canadian participation from all across Canada. Held in April 12-16, 2021 the digital edition is still available, and content is viewable upon request.

The 1,800 participating companies presented 10,500 products and innovations to 90,000 registered participants. The conference featured 1,500 experts discussing topics such as Industry 4.0, digitalization of industrial processes, supply chain management, lightweight construction, hydrogen, and electromobility.

From Canada 37 exhibitor were present at the show, presenting their products. There were 60 products presented including R&D projects in the following areas: Automation, Motion & Drives, Energy Solutions, Engineered Parts & Solutions, Future Hub.

Among the exhibitors the Government of Ontario and Quebec had a stand; also, Canada’s Supercluster NGen was present.

NGen is an industry-led not-for-profit organization. It leads Canada’s Advanced manufacturing Supercluster. Established in 2018 with C$230 million in seed funding from the Canadian government. Their mission is to build world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada, for the benefit of Canadians. They leverage Canada’s research, technology, and manufacturing strengths to accelerate the development, deployment, and scale-up of advanced technologies in Canadian manufacturing and enhance Canada’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem.

Key Initiatives to grow and connect Canada’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem are to promote Canada’s advanced manufacturing capabilities at home and around the world, develop and fund transformative, industry-led, collaborative projects. Enhance Canada’s advanced manufacturing workforce and advanced manufacturing management capabilities.

Photonics was present at the show too, through LeddarTech from Quebec who were introducing LeddarVision a sensor fusion and perception solution that delivers highly accurate 3D environmental models and Optel, introducing vision systems and intelligent supply chain. Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) at the University of Waterloo, a global leader in discovering and developing new functional materials and connected devices was also present.

The figure on the left is showing the distribution for the Ngen members. Technology providers are representing 29% among which Photonics technology providers are represented through sensors, detectors, lasers, and imaging systems.


HM 2021 Digital Edition (

Canada: Advanced Manufacturing Priorities Presented by Jayson Myers NGen

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