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Gary Goodyear to speak at UWindsor gathering of global production engineers

UWindsor will be the centre of the manufacturing and production engineering world April 28 through May 2 when the University’s Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre plays host to the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) in back-to-back conferences. Pre-registration for attendees is required before April 21 and space at the conferences is limited.

The 47th annual Manufacturing Systems Conference, Managing Variety in Manufacturing, will take place from April 28 to 30 and will focus on product innovation from design to retirement to recycling—the entire product and manufacturing systems’ life cycle. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), will speak at the 8:30 a.m. opening session on April 28.

The manufacturing conference will be followed immediately by CIRP’s sixth annual Conference on Industrial Product-Service Systems on May 1 and 2.

“It is a real honour to be selected to host these two conferences for the first time in Canada as it is an international recognition of the excellence of the research carried out in our Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre,” says conference organizer Hoda ElMaraghy, Canada Research Chair in Manufacturing Systems. “Manufacturing is particularly important for the economic prosperity of this region; it directly contributes about 11 percent to Canada’s gross national products (GDP) and employs close to 1.8 million Canadians.”

The four-day event will gather more than 200 manufacturing and production experts from around the world and will feature 12 keynote presentations from top international professors and industry executives.

CIRP is the world leader in production engineering research and is at the forefront of research and innovation in manufacturing engineering, machines, industrial systems and production management. The organization is open only to individuals and organizations with demonstrated research excellence. It represents approximately 600 academic and industrial members from 50 countries.

Register for the Manufacturing Systems Conference at: www.uwindsor.ca/CMS2014.

Register for the Industrial Product-Service Systems Conference at: www.uwindsor.ca/ipss2014.