SME’s Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) is regarded as Canada’s largest manufacturing event. The biennial event reportedly attracts more than 8,000 manufacturing professionals and 700 suppliers, worldwide. The conference includes RAPID Canada Conference, Sept. 29-30, an exchange and information forum dedicated to additive manufacturing, 3D printing and scanning. This year CMTS 2015 will be held September 28 thru October 1, 2015 at the International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
The International Centre
6900 Airport Road
Canada L4V 1E8
Halls 1 – 4
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1, 2015
We caught up with Julie Pike, CMTS Event Manager to learn about CMTS 2015 in an exclusive AMazing® Q&A conversation.
AMazing®: Julie, thank you for your participation. As Canada’s largest manufacturing event, CMTS reportedly attracts professionals from over 18 industries. What are some top industries that will be represented at CMTS 2015? How have professional interests evolved over the past few years?
Julie Pike: CMTS serves many industries, including aerospace, automotive, energy to name a few. Additionally, the medical and dental device manufacturing industries have evolved over the past few years with rapid growth and CMTS will feature SME’s Medical Manufacturing Innovations Series.
Today’s manufacturers are always looking for ways to improve their productivity, reduce their production time, save costs and get to market quicker. CMTS exhibitors represent a host of technologies that can help them do that, and they can see all that equipment on demonstration at the event. In addition to this, attendees can learn more about these technologies through various opportunities on our show floor and in our conference programs and special activities.
AMazing®: New products and innovation are essential for a thriving industry. How many new products will be introduced at CMTS 2015?
Julie Pike: We have more than 130 new products being showcased at CMTS, which runs from September 28 to October 1. Solutions come from an array of our exhibitors including machine tools, tooling, automation, advanced manufacturing and additive manufacturing to name a few. CMTS brings together more than 500 of the world’s leading brands and manufacturing solutions, providing attendees with the ability to compare solutions side-by-side – making this an event not to miss for those looking to see the technology in action up close. The full roster of new products can be viewed at CMTS.ca, but we do recommend seeing them in person at CMTS later this month.
AMazing®: One of the scheduled conferences at CMTS 2015 involves the Canadian and North American auto sector and titled ‘APMA Automotive Outlook’. What makes this a must attend event? What other conference resources are available for businesses interested in exploring opportunities in the automotive sector?
Julie Pike: SME is pleased to once again partner with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) as they bring their single day Outlook Conference to CMTS. Those involved in the automotive industry looking to learn from success stories on attaining and achieving sustainable growth should attend this program to hear from the experts directly. The APMA is a great resource to connect with and learn more about the automotive outlook in the Canadian marketplace.
AMazing®: The additive manufacturing industry is experiencing remarkable growth. What makes RAPID Canada unique from its base in the United States?
Julie Pike: The RAPID brand, as you know, was launched by SME 25 years ago – as our members were instrumental in the birth of this technology. RAPID Canada is an extension of the U.S. brand, showcasing leading-edge research solutions, products and adoptions of additive manufacturing technology from Canadian manufactures and researchers. It gives the Canadian manufacturing marketplace the opportunity to learn about this high growth technology as manufacturers test its applications across many industries.
AMazing®: The keynote presentation titled “Medical Additive Manufacturing-The Canadian Conundrum” sounds like a great opportunity for those interested in candid dialogue. Based upon your conversations with industry leaders, how would you assess the level of interest in medical additive manufacturing in Canada? Will there be any special sessions to help businesses with commercialization of medical additive technologies?
Julie Pike: The medical additive manufacturing industry is a reflection of the future of innovation in Canada, and we will have a panel consisting of scientists, professionals and academics who are using the technology in real-time applications – from surgery and dental applications to bio-printing and safety. There is growing interest in this market, as there has been cutting edge research and development that have yet to make it to the mainstream of Canadian society. Those attending this panel will find the discussion passionate, educational and futuristic.
Meanwhile, the second day of RAPID Canada has a track dedicated to the Medical Manufacturing Innovations Series. It will cover the A-to-Z of medical manufacturing, from concept to production and beyond. The conference will also offer many networking opportunities with leaders from industry, academia and government that can help businesses get more information about getting involved in this growing sector.
AMazing®: What hints and tips would you suggest to CMTS 2015 attendees to maximize their conference experience?
Julie Pike: CMTS is far more than a conference. It’s a dynamic event which involves four major pillars – the buying floor (exhibits), educational programming, innovative technologies and all the networking opportunities the show has to offer. We encourage all attendees to visit CMTS.ca in advance and pre-register their attendance. This not only saves them the $50 admission fee but allows them the opportunity to plan their visit prior to attending CMTS. Our great navigation tools allow them to plot exhibits and education sessions they may wish to take in. We also encourage folks to download the CMTS 2015 event app to help them navigate the more than 300,000 ft.² of exhibition space exhibits, interactive technologies and demonstrations.
This concludes our interview. Thank you very much Julie for your participation. We are very grateful for the opportunity to learn about this year’s CMTS event and continued commitment to advanced manufacturing technology.
About Julie Pike
Julie Pike is an Event Manager at SME Canada. She currently manages the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) and the Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show (MMTS). Later this year Julie and the SME team will launch a new event – Advanced Manufacturing Canada.
Julie has worked on a variety of event management projects with SME and prior to her tenure worked for nearly ten years for global event management firm Reed Exhibitions Canada where she was an active member of the leadership team with responsibilities around Human Resources and General Management.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph, Ontario. In her volunteer work Julie has participated on numerous CAEM committees, along with Board level work at CAEM including serving in the role of President in 2005 and 2006. And she is diving back in, rejoining the CAEM Board this year. In addition, earlier this year Julie was inducted into CAEM’s Hall of Fame in the Exposition Management category.
CMTS 2015 is Canada’s largest and most respected manufacturing event, presenting the largest display of manufacturing equipment and technology to about 10,000 manufacturing professionals from across the country and around the world. The show will feature the RAPID Canada Conference, Sept. 29-30, an industry-leading forum for the exchange of information related to the latest developments in additive manufacturing, 3D printing and 3D scanning. The full schedule of the conference can be found here: http://cmts.ca/attendees/rapid-canada-conference/
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