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Spotlight on London Manufacturing

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Vijai LakshmikanthanMargaret Coons London Food ProductionColin Yates_Agri-Food Processing
Vijai Lakshmikanthan / CEO - Starlim North America Corporation
Candace Campbell / Incoming Chair - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Southwestern Ontario Chapter
Margaret Coons / CEO & Founder - Nuts for Cheese
Colin Yates / Chair - Centre for Research and Innovation, Fanshawe College

London’s location, investments in infrastructure, affordability and ample supply of skilled labour make it an attractive destination for investment in manufacturing. The business ecosystem is very welcoming to foreign companies and has attracted large-scale investments including Starlim-SternerDr. Oetker and Nestlé.

Among the most exciting sectors in London’s manufacturing industry is food and beverage processing. The ecosystem stretches from individuals making artisanal products to startups and large multinational corporations, making it one of London’s fastest growing sectors.


Takeaways

  1. London’s location, located on Highway 401, provides access to all of North America within a two-day drive, making it very attractive to manufacturers needing to transport goods across the continent.
  2. Over 60,000 students are attracted to London each year and the London Economic Development Corporation works closely with the post-secondary institutions to ensure employers have a skilled and experienced manufacturing workforce.
  3. London’s food processing ecosystem includes startups, SMEs and large corporations who collaborate together to provide guidance and support as the sector continues to grow.
  4. The City of London invests heavily into the infrastructure that is required to grow and operate London’s manufacturing ecosystem, including access to highways and high capacity servicing of industrial parks.
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