Did You Know?
With more than 31,700 employees and 500 companies, the advanced manufacturing sector in London represents approximately 10% of all employment in the region. London's advanced manufacturing future will rely on high automation, robotics, and technology to produce high value products.
Defense, aviation and composite materials based products are driving growth in this sector, as well as the automotive and transportation industries. The automotive sector alone is a robust and growing sector that employs more than 16,000 workers in direct automotive assembly and parts jobs.
- Automotive manufacturers in London have access to 14 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) facilities within a two-hour trucking distance
- London’s industrial lands are free of industrial development charges and have earned London the honour of offering Ontario’s first certified investment-ready site
- 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, including highly reliable utilities, are designed specifically for manufacturing industries
- Municipal commitment to the manufacturing sector that includes master-planned industrial parks and convenient municipal permits. Manufacturers in London have access to the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment’s Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF)
Education, Research & Development
- The London and Regional Manufacturers Council (LRMC), the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) offer platforms for manufacturers to come together and collaborate to make the sector grow and become more competitive
- Western University’s Wind, Engineering, Energy and Environment (WindEEE) Research Institute is the world’s first hexagonal wind tunnel and the only facility capable of reproducing a real tornado vortex. Researchers build models of homes, buildings and cities to better understand how they should be constructed to improve their ability to withstand wind damage
- Fanshawe College's Canadian Centre for Product Validation (CCPV) is the first of its kind in Canada offering comprehensive expertise for prototyping, validation and failure analysis. The collaborative education and industry project will submit products to multi-modal testing ranging from thermal, mechanical, electrical and environmental
- 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
- The National Research Council (NRC) provides London’s small and medium sized manufacturing businesses with access to state-of-the-art research and development facilities
- The Fraunhofer Project Centre (FPC) for Composite Research is a joint initiative between Western University and German-based Fraunhofer Instutite of Chemical Technology (ICT), offering expertise in surface technologies and material sciences for the advanced manufacturing of lightweight materials for automotive, transportation, construction, defence, and renewable energy
- Other notable research facilities include The Collider Centre, an incubator for advanced manufacturers and Surface Science Western which specializes in the analysis and characterization of surfaces and materials
- Western University’s Mechanical and Materials Engineering program provides students with the opportunity to specialize directly in manufacturing, giving them the essential knowledge to work in this specific sector
- For those considering a career in transportation and motive power technology, Fanshawe College's School of Transportation Technology and Apprenticeship offers programs and courses covering everything from working on farm equipment and diesel-powered construction equipment to servicing luxury vehicles, transport trucks and coaches
Case StudyCase Study: Brose Canada Inc.
With a workforce of 750 and investments totaling $170 million, the international auto parts maker based in Germany is one of London’s largest players in the advanced manufacturing sector. Since 2005, Brose Canada has stamped more than 180 million seat frames and 22.5 million seat adjusters at its two London plants. Click here to view the full case study.
Testimonial: Hanwha L&C Canada
A huge benefit of being located in London is that we can easily access raw materials at a reasonable cost.
Michael Kim, Chief Executive Officer, Hanwha L&C Canada
Looking for jobs or talent for manufacturing jobs in London and area? Look no further. Our London Manufacturing Jobs page is dedicated to showcasing open job postings in this thriving sector.
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September 10, 2019 | 8:30AM - 3:30PM
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May 24, 2019Swoop's summer schedule is in full swing at London Internation
Starting today, travellers from Southwestern Ontario will now be able to fly non-stop from London International with daily service to Abbotsford (Vancouver) and Halifax.
May 17, 2019Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Southwestern Ontario Branch recognizes 10 students with $20,000 in scholarships
On May 8, 2019, CME Southwestern Ontario Branch (CME-SWOB) celebrated its 24th annual Manufacturer’s Scholarship Awards and Recognition Night.
May 16, 2019Fanshawe holds vital skilled trades and apprenticeship day
Fanshawe held its annual event to introduce high school students to skilled trades. Gerry Dewan reports on why these skills are in demand. Video by: CTV London, May 16, 2019.