With close to 30,000 people, advanced manufacturing continues to be a significant employer in London’s economy. Leading companies such as 3M, Brose, and General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada have significant manufacturing facilities in London. Recent investments in 401/402 corridor, industrial lands, R&D facilities as well as skills training are some of the ways London is building the right infrastructure for manufacturers.
The London Region Manufacturing Council (LRMC) is an industry-driven council that fosters the growth and prosperity of the manufacturing industry in the London region.
Our annual Manufacturing Matters Conference is a presentation of the London Regional Manufacturing Council and part of the LEDC’s strategy to foster growth and prosperity in our region’s manufacturing industry.
London, Canada continues to pursue and cultivate growth in manufacturing to ensure this important sector remains healthy and competitive.
London is on the leading edge of investing in alternative energy and green technologies. The LEDC has worked and is currently working with partners to further explore opportunities in the field including solar panels, wind energy, bio-mass, geothermal equipment, and bio fuels.
Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Canadian Solar Inc. announced the creation of 200 new manufacturing and research and development jobs with the help of provincial funding. The new manufacturing facility will supply approximately 445,000 solar panels to the Grand Renewable Energy Park.
The London region is a hub for a growing defence cluster that employs more than 12,000 highly skilled people at more than 45 defence-related companies. The London Economic Development Corporation works with SMEs and prime contractors to provide relevant and timely information on Canadian and global opportunities in the defence marketplace.
London-located General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada landed a 14-year multibillion dollar export win bringing more than 3,000 jobs to the region and making London the centre of national supply chain including more than 500 firms.
The LEDC also hosts the annual Best Defence Conference - a marquee event attended by industry leaders from Europe and North America and government dignitaries. Best Defence is one of the biggest conferences of its kind in Canada and has won accolades from defence magazines like Vanguard as well as industry professionals.
Located along the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Super Highway, London is a preferred location for automotive manufacturers. London is just a day’s drive from 150 million people and only two-hours away from three US border crossings which makes the city an even more favourable location. London’s automotive workers take pride in being partners in the future and recognize the long-term need to remain competitive with other automotive manufacturing jurisdictions.
Western University offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in mechanical engineering, providing students with the fundamentals that allow them to specialize in a variety of areas, including automotive. Here they will learn the essential knowledge that will allow graduates to play a central role in creating everything from automotive frameworks all the way to its subsystems. For more information, please visit http://www.eng.uwo.ca/mechanical/
For those considering a career in transportation and motive power technology, Fanshawe College offers programs and courses covering everything from working on farm equipment and diesel-powered construction equipment to servicing luxury vehicles, transport trucks and coaches. Graduates go on to work in high demand areas like equipment manufacturing, automotive, truck and heavy equipment dealing as well as the parts industry. For more information, please visit http://www.fanshawec.ca/node/67932
Director, Business Development