The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) congratulates Promation for becoming an Industry Partner in the University of Waterloo’s new Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Laboratory

The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) congratulates OCNI member Promation on becoming an Industry Partner in the University of Waterloo’s new Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Laboratory.
By OCNI
Monday, May 29, 2017

May 29, 2017, Pickering, Ontario. – The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) congratulates OCNI member Promation on becoming an Industry Partner in the University of Waterloo’s new Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Laboratory.

For Canada’s manufacturing sector to remain competitive, manufacturers will need to adopt innovative new technologies, including additive manufacturing. To support this work, the Government of Canada is investing $8.9 million for the University of Waterloo to establish the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab.

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister of Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Waterloo, announced this investment by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) on May 25 at the University of Waterloo .  The Investment will support up to 18 new partnerships, help commercialize up to 21 advanced manufacturing technologies and create over 80 jobs.

Industry partners, spanning sectors such as aerospace, nuclear, mining and automotive, will work to create solutions in 3D printing that will help manufacturers across Canada adopt new technologies and compete globally. It will also provide opportunities for students from the University to prepare for the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow.

“Promation is very excited about our investment into University of Waterloo talent to underpin our future in manufacturing. Promation is poised to bring 3D Printing solutions to the industry at large based on this emerging University of Waterloo technology.” said Mark Zimny President of Industry Partner Promation.

Promation is investing more than $1 million into University of Waterloo research and is the primary partner for driving research and development in 3D metal printing at Waterloo.

Accordingly, Promation is announcing a formal call to the nuclear industry for the selection of a few partners to participate in the Proof-of-Concept development with the aim of developing specific 3D printing applications tailored to the needs of the industry.  

“OCNI is very proud of Promation for the leadership the company has demonstrated by investing in new manufacturing technologies to ensure that Canadian companies remain at the cutting edge in supplying innovative products and solutions to the nuclear industry” added OCNI President and CEO, Ron Oberth.

Promation was founded in 1995 by Mark Zimny, P. Eng. in his basement while working full-time at an automotive supplier. From this beginning Promation has seen continued and steady growth in the automotive sector until the global downturn in 2007.  Promation then pivoted into nuclear--developing, designing, and supplying custom tooling for nuclear plant maintenance and inspection as well as for major refurbishment campaigns for the Canadian CANDU reactor fleet. Promation Nuclear, formed in 2009, has evolved into a prominent custom tooling designer and manufacturer.  Oakville-based Promation now employs more than 100 staff, providing well-paid, high-quality engineering and skilled trades jobs.

Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is an association of more than 200 Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry that employ more than 12,000 highly skilled and specialized engineers, technologists, and trades people. OCNI companies design reactors, manufacture major equipment and components, and provide engineering services and support to CANDU nuclear power plants in Canada as well as to CANDU and Light Water Reactor (LWR) plants in offshore markets.

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