The concept of creating an online network for manufacturers throughout Ontario has been a long term vision for Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC).
EMC wanted to create an online network which would connect Ontario's dynamic manufacturing sector across regions and economic boundaries. iMiN is not a replacement for other manufacturing membership based associations and consortiums that provide face-to-face services, consultation, financing, advocacy and training. Developed in partnership with local manufacturers, academic institutions, government, and associations, iMiN is intended to help manufacturers become more innovative by building awareness and innovation throughout Ontario and beyond. This can only be accomplished by improving the connections between people, information and expertise.
1. Build Awareness - raise awareness of products and services manufactured in the various regions throughout Ontario both on a local and global scale.
2. Network - improve collaboration and knowledge sharing between companies and industry professionals in an effort to create shared best practices, standard protocols and new innovations. Members can join peer groups, create professional profiles and access experts in blogs and online discussion forums.
3. Trade - a centralized e-marketplace for buying, selling and promoting goods and services online, such as classified ads, job board and a comprehensive company directory.