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Research in Focus: Advanced Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector in Canada is regarded by economists as vital for economic growth and innovation, producing $280 billion in exports in 2012 alone. To maintain and further establish Ontario’s position in manufacturing excellence, new processes and products must be developed that add value and growth to the existing manufacturing base. Considering private sector industries devote 75% of R&D spending to improving manufacturing, a leading research partner is needed to manage the increasing demand of enabling new technologies.

The Toronto Institute of Advanced Manufacturing (TIAM) is a multidisciplinary institute across the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) at the University of Toronto. TIAM was founded in March 2014 to lead innovation in advanced manufacturing by providing the expertise and infrastructure to turn great ideas into products. TIAM’s research scope encompasses the strategic research cluster of advanced materials and manufacturing, emphasizing nanotechnology, biotechnology and energy and sustainability. TIAM researchers also stem from areas of advanced manufacturing processes and systems as well as manufacturing planning and management.

TIAM offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to enrich their applied science and engineering education at the University of Toronto by undertaking a concentration of courses in advanced manufacturing. TIAM has and continues to establish partnerships with the manufacturing sector that will maximize the impact of transformative technologies being developed by our world-renowned researchers.

Check out the following video from the Financial Post looking at the advanced manufacturing industry in Ontario and Canada, featuring Prof. Hani Naguib, Director of TIAM.