Waterloo EDC Blog

February Wrap-Up: Population, partnerships and PPE

Posted by Waterloo EDC on March 1, 2021

A slower month in terms of business news, but Waterloo was still able to celebrate its continued status as one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities, the release of a new ecosystem map demonstrating the depth and breadth of our robotics and automation cluster and more.

Here are the top stories from February 2021:


Topics: ecosystem, industry news, robotics & automation

4 pillars supporting Canada’s largest robotics and automation cluster

Posted by Waterloo EDC on February 22, 2021

Waterloo is home to Canada’s largest robotics and automation cluster. It’s an extraordinary claim that requires extraordinary evidence.

Our proof: a brand new ecosystem map that identifies and categorizes the 90+ robotics and automation companies working in our community. On this map, you’ll find multinationals like LEONI, ATS Automation and Beckhoff Automation, robotics upstarts like Otto Motors...


Topics: manufacturing, robotics & automation, strategic location

The making of a PPE manufacturing powerhouse

Posted by Waterloo EDC on September 21, 2020

It was clear from the start that COVID-19 was going to drive significant change. That’s what happens when the global economy is shut down.

One of the predicted changes was that supply chains would “reshore” to reduce risk in an increasingly uncertain global environment. The return of medical and personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturing was widely expected to lead the way. It has.



Topics: manufacturing, R&D, robotics & automation

OTTO Motors secures US$29 million in new funding

Posted by Waterloo EDC on June 9, 2020

Manufacturing is evolving during this pandemic and OTTO Motors is leading the charge.

OTTO Motors, the developers of autonomous mobile robots (AMR) designed for industry use, have announced US$29 million in Series C funding.


Topics: manufacturing, expansion stories, robotics & automation

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