Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC) is located at Lambton College, within the Sarnia-Lambton region where core business sectors include: refining, chemical and petrochemical, bio-industrial, agriculture and renewable energy. This is the third largest manufacturing locus in Ontario with economic output of $24 billion (2014). Critical to the region’s economic sustainability is the establishment of Canada’s world-scale “biohybrid chemistry cluster” driven by the shift to clean energy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. As such, Sarnia-Lambton is becoming a North American leader in industrial bioproducts manufacturing.

Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC) specializes in Advanced Manufacturing and is set up to serve these business sectors with lab capabilities in 3D design, 3D printing, and 3D metrology, and the ability to leverage Lambton College (LC)’s extensive applied research infrastructure and expertise in the areas of advanced materials, bio-based technologies, and analytical chemistry. More than 150 pieces of equipment are available. BTAC continuously engages with industry and community stakeholders and receives in-kind support, promotion and referrals from regional business associations or organizations to ensure BTAC’s long-term viability.

BTAC provides SMEs with access to expertise in the following areas:

  1. Automation
    • Instrumentation and Control, Robotics and Process Control
  2. Additive Manufacturing
    • Industrial design, Design for Manufacturability, Rapid-Prototyping and Product Validation
  3. Process Optimization
    • Process optimization through Lab Scale to Pilot Scale to Demonstration Scale
  4. Simulation & Modelling
    • Chemical and Biochemical Process Simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  5. Information & Communication Technology & Cyber Security
    • Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), Data Analytics, Machine Learning,  App Development, Software Development and Video Optimization
  6. Product Testing & Validation
    • Material Formulation Development, Material Characterization, Extrusion, Material Processing, Corrosion, Recycled Materials, Bio-based Material Development, Nanomaterials and Composites, Membrane

Key Contact:

Rick Williston
Project Manager, BTAC
Phone: 226-778-0045
Cell: 226-973-5538


1086 Modeland Rd,
Sarnia, ON
N7S 0A5

Social Media:

Twitter: @BluewaterTAC

LinkedIn: Bluewater Technology Access Centre



Published on March 18, 2019

Company Profile

Company Description


Abuma Manufacturing Ltd (Abuma) is a Build to Print custom metal fabricator capable of manufacturing custom components. Abuma, a privately held, family-owned company, produces parts like simple individual components, or serves as a project manager, purchaser, integrator and assembler to build sophisticated large electromechanical process equipment. Abuma fabricates the metal components and upper level assemblies and integrates additional outside services like surface coatings, electrical, pneumatics, and purchased equipment as required.

Key Facts

Headquarters: 531 Admiral Dr, LONDON, Ontario, N5V 4L6


  • Jan Maars, President
  • Kevin Schildroth, General Manager
    • Sits on the Board of the London Region Manufacturing Council

Year established: 1982

Number of employees: 32-40

Plant size: 100,000ft2 (since 2004)

Line of business

NAICS: 332999 – All Other Miscellaneous Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing.


  • Contract fabrication products: individual component parts in limited or mass production quantities, large vessels and structural assemblies, and modular electromechanical equipment
  • Fabrication and welding: laser cutting flat sheets or tubes, CNC forming, roll forming and robotic or manual welding to CWB, AWS, and ASME standards



  • Major clients: GDLS-C, GDLS, Trojan UV, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (AECL), Schuech, Rheinmetall AG, Sandvik Process Systems-Calgary, Stein Industries 
  • Contract fabrication customers in the environmental technologies, energy (mining/petroleum/gas), clean tech and renewable energy, and defense sectors 
  • Work with European Union clients looking to enter the North American market with their products and require a fabrication partner for items that would not ship well from their own facility

Exports: experience exporting to the US

R&D, Skills and Educational needs

Employees: Abuma hires most of the trades, applied technologists and technicians from Fanshawe College.


In 1982, Jan Maars started Abuma in his garage when he saw the opportunity in manufacturing custom components. Trojan Technologies (highly involves in wastewater treatment technology) has become one of Abuma’s key customers since then. Abuma was nonetheless already well on its way to establishing itself as a custom fabricator of prevision metal designs. Abuma moved in 1983 and operated in a shared to a permanent facility and bought built additional space as they grew.

As demand for this new UV wastewater treatment technology grew, so did Abuma, supplying systems that have been installed around the globe.

Competitive Environment


  • Many manufacturers in China
  • Manufacturers are not as strong at providing custom work to clients, lack reliability and have longer lead times


  • Mexican government – Agri-Therm –pyrolysis1 unit being made by Abuma
  • Western University’s research park—Agri-Therm

SWOT Analysis


  • Keeping up with various certifications and registrations
  • Great location for clients when manufacturing is taking place in Canada
  • Strong leadership team
  • Opportunities for growth with significantly large facility


  • Physical space leaves a lot of opportunity for growth
  • A growing number of companies are re-shoring manufacturing back to Canada


  • Manufacturers in low wage countries

  1. Agri-Therm device – burns wood but before it’s combusted it becomes gas and the wood breaks down into different components getting energy from the gas, ie energy from waste.


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