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Festo brings Industry 4.0 know-how to Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

By Canadian Packaging staff   

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The advanced manufacturing supercluster ensures Festo continues its innovative leadership.

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Festo’s decision to be a founding technology partner in Next Generation Manufacturing/NGM Canada – the new advanced manufacturing supercluster – is in keeping with the company’s vision of being an innovation developer and catalyst locally as well as globally.

Globally, the German-based, family-owned solutions provider for industry is a key driver in the development of Industry 4.0 concepts and products for the digitalized factory environment.

“It’s also part of our corporate vision to invest locally in each of our markets to develop and apply technologies and solutions, even beyond our customer base,” says Festo Canada president and chief executive officer Roger Hallett.

“The more than 130 Canadian companies and institutions partnering in NGM Canada will help spread new production technologies sooner and faster across Canadian industry than would otherwise be the case. Growing the domestic and export markets for Canadian-made products will create and sustain the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow.”

This industry-led supercluster, supported by the federal government, was officially launched this week.

Festo’s commitment to implementing advanced manufacturing concepts and technologies in the local business eco-system also is underscored by the commitment of Festo Didactic, its global skills development and industrial training division, to partner with Canadian technical and training institutes.

Recently, Festo Didactic announced a five-year workforce development training program with Humber College in Toronto. Students and employees of advanced manufacturing companies will receive hands-on training to learn the Industry 4.0 skills necessary to succeed in an evolving economy. The partnership includes the installation of the first Cyber Physical (CP) Factory in English Canada (see image at top). The CP Factory is a hands-on learning and skills development model for research and engaging in industrial simulations using advanced manufacturing concepts. A CP Factory was installed last year in Montreal as part of a similar partnership with the Centre de Recherche Industrielle du Québec (CRIQ).

Festo at a glance
Festo is a global leader in automation technology and the world market leader in industrial training and education. Festo’s pneumatic and electric drive technology stands for innovation in industrial and process automation – from individual products to ready-to-install solutions. Festo’s hallmarks include a global presence and improving customer productivity through close, long-term partnerships. With 18,800 employees worldwide in 61 national companies, Festo’s turnover for 2016 was 2.74-billion (~ CDN $4.3 billion). Festo has more than 300,000 customers in 176 countries. For company information, visit

Image courtesy of Festo.


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