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.

Sectoral Impact

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Industry highlights:

  • London’s location on the NAFTA superhighway, at the junction of highways 401 and 402, provides quick access to a wide range of supply chains
  • Proximity to three border crossings (Detroit, Port Huron and Buffalo) within two-hour trucking distance provides excellent opportunities for just in time delivery as well as servicing a diverse range of customers
  • World-class infrastructure, from certified industrial sites to highly reliable utilities, which are designed specifically for manufacturing industries
  • Workforce development that takes a proactive approach in matching plant needs with skilled and experienced talent, as well as job ready programming at our education institutes
  • Municipal commitment to manufacturing sector that includes master-planned industrial parks, convenient municipal permits
  • LEDC support for cluster building initiatives such as Manufacturing Matters Conference, London Regional Manufacturing Council,  export and diversification assistance, grants/incentives and other programs to foster growth in our manufacturing industry
  • Western’s Mechanical Engineering program provides students with the opportunity to specialize directly in manufacturing, giving them the essential knowledge to work in this specific sector. World-class research facilities such as WindEEE Dome, Surface Science Western, and Fraunhofer Project Center assist manufacturers in developing new products and technologies.
  • Fanshawe College’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology program prepares students for many important and practical aspects of manufacturing. Programs like industrial maintenance, millwright, CNC machining and logistics provide qualified graduates to London 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.

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Clean Tech

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.

Sectoral Impact

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Industry Highlights

  • London-located Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment (WindEEE) Dome is the world’s most advanced wind tunnel. The only one of its kind in the world, WindEEE allows scientists to replicate real wind systems under controlled conditions. Research done at this Western University project is an asset in harnessing wind energy in southwestern Ontario and all around the world
  • Western University offers more than 40 years of research experience with wind engineering with facilities including The Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel, The Insurance Research Laboratory for Better Homes, and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
  • London is home to Harvest Energy Garden, the first urban bio-gas production facility in Ontario. The facility turns organic materials into renewable energy and natural fertilizer
  • The Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources at Western University promotes environmental protection by research focused on renewable fuels and chemicals and sustainable technologies
  • International Water Centre of Excellence – Southern Ontario Water Consortium (IWCE) is a globally unique site for water treatment technology development, commercialization, validation and testing. A conduit between the private and public sector the facility allows for research on wastewater treatment, testing and development of new technologies
  • Western University has researchers working on solar cell materials, hydrogen storage, polymers for batteries, bio-fuel production and smart grid technologies
  • Fanshawe College has developed a solar powered electric vehicle prototype, has several solar and alternate energy projects in development, and is researching greener, smarter and more efficient power grids. The college also offers a two-year renewable energy technician diploma focused on wind and solar energy
  • The Watts Lab for Smart Grid and Innovative Distributed Generation Control Studies is a partnership between London Hydro and Western University. Among many other things, the lab studies real time metering for renewable generation and conversion initiatives
  • The Centre for Sustainable Energy and Environments (CESS) housed at Fanshawe College acts as a bridge between academic, business and technical expertise around emerging green and renewable technologies



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.

Industry Highlights

  • Pool of highly trained people working to military specifications, quality assurance, and skilled in composites
  • Close proximity to US Army's major development centres in Warren, Michigan (TACOM and TARDEC)
  • Canada-USA Joint Certification Office (JSO) in Battle Creek, Michigan assists with security and clearance issues
  • Proximity to Wright Laboratories in Dayton, Ohio - one of the U.S. Air Force's largest R&D facilities
  • Two-hour drive to Litton Canada and Honeywell Aerospace in Toronto area
  • Access to internationally renowned facilities including the Fraunhofer Project Centre, which focuses on applied research in developing composite materials for advanced manufacturing



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.

Industry Highlights

  • Automotive manufacturers in London have access to 14 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) facilities within a two-hour of trucking distance. Most recently, Japanese supplier Arvin Sango Inc. built a 110,000 square foot production facility in London to service Toyota Motors Manufacturing Canada.
  • London offers unparalleled access to world-class research at centres including Western University, Fanshawe College and the newly established Fraunhofer Project Centre. Fraunhofer focuses on applied research in the fields of developing composite materials, methods and manufacturing technologies
  • Manufacturers in London have access to the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment’s Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF). This program is designed to help businesses invest in new technologies to enhance productivity.
  • London and Regional Manufacturers Council and Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) offer platforms for manufacturers to come together and collaborate to make the sector grow and become more competitive
  • The sector enjoys strong support from regional groups including Ontario Automotive Communities Alliance (OACA), Southwest Economic Alliance (SWEA), and Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA)

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, visit here.

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, visit here.

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