Manufacturing has cemented itself as an integral part of the regional economy, serving as both a standalone industry and a critical component to the success and growth of other industries.
From medical devices to intelligent farming equipment, from massive earth movers in the oilsands to nano-materials, the Edmonton Metropolitan Region is home to an incredible array of manufacturers and manufacturing capability.
The region is also home to a foreign trade zone, allowing companies to ship materials and unfinished products here where they can be manufactured or assembled and sold on to global markets as Canadian products within existing trade agreements. This is a major advantage in today’s challenging trade environment.
The region is also well connected by air, rail, and road to important global markets.
Metals and machinery
Manufacturing supports machinery-dependent local industries by providing them with the tools and parts that they need to operate. Canadian companies in agriculture, oil and gas, utilities, construction and others spent over $31.4 billion alone on machinery in 2016.
Canada is the world’s 5th largest exporter of agricultural products driving growth and innovation in the agricultural machinery manufacturing sector, producing intelligent farming equipment, world-class air seeders, advanced spraying systems, precision GPS seeding technologies, and harvesting machinery.
Cold weather specialization
As a great northern region, the winter environment has made our manufacturing sector one of the most resilient and specialized in the world, with knowledge on how to adapt to extreme climates anywhere.
Readily-available resources from Canada's oilsands — the world’s 3rd largest oil deposit — and massive natural gas reserves, fuel a prosperous petrochemical cluster. Inputs are easily and affordably transported to the region where they are manufactured into $13.5 billion worth of hydrocarbon feedstocks such as propane, ethylene, cellulose acetate, and polyethylene each year.
A key component to the success of this industry is Alberta's Industrial Heartland, the epicenter of petrochemical processing in Western Canada. More than 40 national and multinational companies operate in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, representing over $40 billion in current capital investment. Featuring world-class infrastructure and logistics support, the Heartland is the ideal location for industry investment.
Manufacturing is an instrument of innovation, building better processes and tools to enable growth. From engineering efficient oil and gas pipelines to designing medical devices and constructing advanced air seeders for agribusiness, manufacturing helps unlock an industry’s full potential. See how the Edmonton Metropolitan Region is constructing the future with its emerging industries.