"Manufacturing is all about people and I believe that we have some of the best people in the world right here in Waterloo Region. That is why we have been so successful."
Ray Tanguay, Retired Chair of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
The Waterloo Region is well known for the strength of its automotive and advanced manufacturing industries. As a crucial part of the Regional economy, automotive manufacturing produced vehicles and auto parts worth $8 billion in the Waterloo Region in 2014 (or $22 million per day).
The automotive manufacturing industry thrives from bleeding-edge technology and materials developed by research institutes including Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR), Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Enegy (WISE) as well as Centre for Advanced Materials Joining (CAMJ). Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada produced its first car in Cambridge in 1988.
Researchers at institutions in the Waterloo Region are at the forefront of the green revolution's convergence with the auto industry. General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Decoma, Intier and Linamar all conduct R&D in the Waterloo Region because all the ingredients needed for success are here: leading minds working at world-class research facilities; exceptional R&D tax credits; and effective technology transfer programs (including amenable intellectual property rights access from Region academic institutions).
Waterloo Region is home to numerous business & technology initiatives which further the development of technologies created within this rich entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WATCAR) - Based in University of Waterloo's Faculty of Engineering - Canada's largest and best engineering school, WatCAR conducts leading-edge research for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) including Chrysler, Ford, Honda, General Motors, Toyota, Automotive Parts Manufacturers (Tiers l, ll and lll), as well as Material Suppliers to develop lighter, cheaper and greener vehicles of tomorrow.
Conestoga College - Conestoga College is Ontario's fastest-growing college and a recognized leader in polytechnic education. Through the partnership with industry collaborators including COM DEV, Toyota, BlackBerry, and ATS, Conestoga College's trades and apprenticeship programs injects a highly knowledgeable and experienced workforce into the automotive manufacturing industry.
Centre for Advanced Materials Joining (CAMJ) - CAMJ develops new and innovative technologies for materials joining, including microjoining, nanojoining, welding for automotive applications. With cutting edge laboratory facilities and research areas, CAMJ collaborates with leading companies in the automotive manufacuturing industry such as Ford, and GM for research and development.
Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) - WIN is at the forefront of science and technology to transform research into realworld application, one molecule at a time. It drives the design, fabrication and commercialization of advanced materials and structures and enables new, greener and more cost-effective solutions for automotive manufacturers. The institute's co-operative education program, with over 500 students, is by far the largest in North America.
Manufacturing Innovation Network (MIN) - MIN is a free online network for the manufacturers of Waterloo Region and their local counterparts. It is aimed at connecting key stakeholder groups within the manufacturing sector to strengthen the local supply chain, post job openings and create a more responsive and globally competitive manufacturing community.
Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) - WISE solves immediate problems in a timely way and provides leadership to shape the long-term evolution of sustainable energy systems. The diverse research topics range from renewable energy technology to smarter demand management, from economic modelling to carbon capture and storage. WISE is a recognized leader in promoting innovation through research in the development and deployment of sustainable energy systems, including hybrid and fuel cell vehicle power systems and new technologies for diesel engines. Key areas of research include the Green Auto Powertrain project.
Centre for Intelligent Antenna & Radio Systems (CIARS) - CIARS is a world-class electromagnetic device and communications/sensing system development-characterization facility at the University of Waterloo. It consists of an anechoic chamber, four interconnected indoor labs, one outdoor lab, and a highly advanced computational facility.