CMTS 2023: A Resounding Success!


CMTS 2023, Canada’s premier manufacturing technology event, concluded with great success last month. The event, held at the Toronto Congress Centre from September 25 to 28, brought together over 500 suppliers, 8,000+ industry professionals, and showcased more than 200 new products, all within an expansive 250,000+ square feet of manufacturing excellence.

The event featured engaging sessions and panels that offered invaluable insights into the manufacturing landscape:

– Day 1 featured a keynote by Massimiliano Moruzzi, CEO of Xaba, exploring AI and sustainable manufacturing, followed by a presentation from Diane Reko, CEO of Reko International Group.

– Day 2 delved into AI, Industry 5.0, and sustainability with a Thought Leadership Panel.

– Day 3 had Flavio Volpe, president of APMA, sharing insights on the future of transportation, followed by the “Making the C.A.S.E for Canada” panel.

– Day 4 celebrated women in manufacturing, with Greta Cutulenco, CEO of Acerta, and a Thought Leadership Panel.

The event also featured special attractions, including the CTMA Tooling Pavilion, CWB-EWI Showcase, MaRS & NGen Discovery District, and The Smart Theatre.

Evening Happy Hours provided networking opportunities, and the co-located APMA’s Annual Conference was a highlight.

CMTS 2023 introduced the innovative SME Events+ app, powered by AI, enhancing attendees’ experience. The event regularly brought the manufacturing industry forward and offered a platform for knowledge-sharing and innovation, as usual. Thank you to everyone who participated, making CMTS 2023 a resounding success!

Here you can watch a quick glance of CMTS, Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show this year.

The Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS), the ultimate platform for manufacturing technologies, industry best practices, and invaluable connections, consistently unites leaders from diverse sectors, including automotive and aerospace, to explore global solutions in machine tools, metalworking, and advanced manufacturing. It’s more than just an event; it’s a remarkable opportunity for businesses of all scales to gain inspiration on incorporating new trends into their operations.

This year, CMTS made its grand return at its new home – the Toronto Congress Centre – from September 25-28, 2023. Over 500 suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), more than 8,000 manufacturing professionals, and 250,000+ square feet of manufacturing excellence, housing 500,000+ pounds of live equipment were featured. More than 200 new products were on display, and thought leaders provided over 50 education sessions where attendees gained invaluable insights into the latest trends and advancements shaping the manufacturing landscape.

The event offered a comprehensive lineup of sessions and panels over four days:

Day 1:

Opening keynote speaker Massimiliano Moruzzi, CEO of Toronto-based Xaba, a startup focused on intelligent automation enabling sustainable manufacturing, explored AI integration, from industrial robotics to sustainable materials in manufacturing, while a presentation by Diane Reko, CEO of Windsor-based Reko International Group Inc. – a diversified, technology-driven manufacturing organization with robotic factory automation expertise – about manufacturing’s pivotal role in Canada and the global landscape, charting its future, followed.

Day 2:

Delved into AI and Industry 5.0, intertwined with sustainability, in a Thought Leadership Panel moderated by Subo Chatterjee from PwC Canada.

Day 3:

Morning keynote speaker Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA), shared insights on how Canada can drive the next transportation revolution. This was followed by a Thought Leadership Panel, “Making the C.A.S.E for Canada,” focusing on battery systems, AI, and more. The panel featured Alex Qi, CEO of Pontosense, and Peter Watkins, COO of QA Consultants, and was moderated by Colin Dhillon, CTO of APMA.

Day 4:

Greta Cutulenco, CEO and co-founder of Kitchener-based Acerta – a leader in automotive technology solutions – delivered the keynote with a day dedicated to next-generation talent, including the celebration of women in manufacturing. The day continued with a Thought Leadership Panel, “Wonderous Women in Manufacturing,” moderated by Julie Pike, Senior Director of Event Strategy at SME. Panelists included Dr. Mihaela Vlasea, Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, and Lisa Block, Chief Revenue Officer at Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Global.

Bob Willig, executive director and CEO of SME remarked, “In 2020, the manufacturing industry faced unprecedented challenges. Now, as we look back to 2023, CMTS returned to Toronto with a focus on the technologies driving the future of Canadian manufacturing. This event united all facets of Canada’s manufacturing industry, offering a platform for knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and innovation in the manufacturing sector.”

In addition to the show floor exhibits, CMTS 2023 presented the following special features:

CTMA Tooling Pavilion: Led by CTMA, the Tooling Pavilion united Canada’s tooling industry, showcasing the latest developments in tool design, manufacture, repair, robotics, and more.

CWB-EWI Showcase: CWB-EWI presented live “tele-welding” demonstrations. Tele-welding offered remote guidance and real-time haptic feedback for precise control. A control workstation in booth 547 allowed attendees to remotely manage welding processes in booth 429 via stylus feedback, enhancing user control and experience.

MaRS & NGen Discovery District: Attendees engaged with Canada’s advanced manufacturing companies, researchers, and organizations exploring transformative projects and solutions in a collaborative space.

“CMTS continues to evolve as Canada’s national manufacturing event,” said Arjun Hajela, group manager, Canadian events at SME. “With cutting-edge manufacturing equipment on display, live tech demonstrations, and thought-provoking sessions, CMTS 2023 is a platform that challenges the status quo and drives the industry forward.” In case you missed it, you can watch a quick glance of CMTS HERE on our Youtube Channel.