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Manufacturing Automation: Technology, automation key to Canadian supply chain survival

NGen Canada's recent virtual summit explores reshoring, traceability and lessons learned from COVID-19.

August 26, 2021  by Kristina Urquhart

Canada’s supply chains need a shot in the arm.

At Next Generation Manufacturing Canada’s (NGen) recent online summit, industry leaders said that while the pandemic may have stymied supply chains, it simply exacerbated issues that were already long there.

The all-day event, called Strengthening the Agility and Resilience of Canada’s Manufacturing Supply Chains, was held June 17 and featured a series of keynote presentations, as well as breakout panel sessions on the automotive, aerospace and defence, food and beverage, and industrial equipment verticals.

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In her opening keynote, Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar, said that trade wars and nationalism, artificial intelligence and automation all have put pressure on global supply chains. Continuing to add uncertainty to the mix: the proliferation of misinformation, increasing populism, and a resulting volatile market.

Read more on Manufacturing Automation, one of Canadian Manufacturing‘s partner publications.