Supporting the manufacturing sector to increase productivity and quality

The Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication Initiative (AMFI) program supports the manufacturing sector by de-risking the adoption of new technologies and providing access to technical expertise and training. The program has strengthened the manufacturing sector by enabling process efficiencies, capital investments and job retention/creation.

Quick facts

  • Program manager – Gary Fisher
  • Focused on improving manufacturing productivity and quality
  • Access to industrial expertise and equipment
  • National program established in 2014
  • Engagement of 200 (+) manufacturing companies
  • Strong track record of impacts, including revenue generation and job retention/growth

Program Focus Areas

The manufacturing sector faces several challenges in the drive to become more competitive, and to diversify into new geographic markets and sectors. These include:

  • Lack of exposure to new manufacturing and materials technologies, and knowledge of how they fit a company’s needs.
  • Hesitancy in the adoption of new technologies.
  • Need to improve efficiencies and quality.
  • Limited access to training and expert advice
  • Job retention and growth

Established in 2014, the AMFI Program supports the manufacturing sector through the following activities:

  • Industrial workshops on new technologies.
  • Hands-on experience with new equipment and processes.
  • Promoting the transfer of new manufacturing technologies into Alberta.
  • One-on-one company engagements to assess needs and provide advice on issues, solutions, and investments.
  • Training seminars on advanced manufacturing and materials.

The scope of the AMFI program includes advanced manufacturing (inc. additive manufacturing), digital technologies, materials (inc. bio-industrial), sensors, NDT and welding.

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Program benefits

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Support from the AMFI program includes access to the following:

  • Technical support and advice from InnoTech Alberta
  • Attendance at workshops and product demonstrations
  • Training seminars and courses


“As a company that has utilized the AMFI program for materials testing, I’ve seen firsthand how it supports job retention through fostering innovation.:” – Steven Borle, Group Six Technologies

“Working with the AMFI program has helped Exergy expand our metal additive manufacturing offerings by leveraging Innotech’s unique facilities and materials knowledge. Through this program, we were able to de-risk and qualify processes which then opened up significant new market opportunities for Exergy.” – Marcus Ivey, Exergy Solutions