Why is collecting this data so important? Simply put, it provides a window into the future.

Far below the surface, the Earth is in constant turmoil. To listen to and learn from the forces at play in this unknown world is to be able to understand and react to events as soon as they occur.

Volcanic caldera

Nanometrics is in the business of saving lives. Each year, earthquakes kill nearly 13,000 people around the world, and affect 5 million more. The Ontario-based company’s frontline technologies help lessen that impact by providing early warnings of natural disasters — giving local authorities more time to put emergency measures into action.

Working near the caldera


Established in the mid-1980s, Nanometrics quickly demonstrated high-growth potential. Responding to global market pressures, senior management decided to shift its core offering to become both a supplier of precision instruments and a trusted advisor for seismic researchers everywhere.

This hidden world intrigues us, and challenges us to discover more. Each day, we explore the unknown.

Neil Spriggs is the CEO of the Nanometrics. Pilot, scuba diver, scientist and entrepreneur, Spriggs believes it is his team’s responsibility to provide the tools to help governments, universities, NGOs and private sector clients make sense of what goes on beneath the planet’s surface.

Graph of seismic activity

How much warning will we have? What can we do to protect ourselves from disaster?

Neil Spriggs, Nanometrics CEO


The company’s international network of sensors captures in precise detail the movement of the continents and the powerful ripples of the tectonic tides. Its instrumentation is located in some of the most volatile places on the planet, including Iceland, Indonesia, China and Vanuatu, near where the devastating Fukoshima earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 2011 originated.

Circuit board

Our search for knowledge has taken us on a remarkable journey, full of risk and reward. So too has our expansion into frontier markets.

Today, Nanometrics’ products are exported to over 100 countries and used by the world’s leading researchers. With the help of EDC, the company successfully ventured into risky frontier markets and became the gold standard for seismic monitoring solutions internationally. And now with interest from several new regions, the future is brighter than ever.

A core factor of business success

Like Nanometrics, many other Canadian companies have grown their business by selling their products or services outside our borders.



Wondering if exporting to frontier markets is right for you?
Key advantages:

  • 25% higher international investment
  • 2X more population growth
  • 2X more growth in imports

Top 10 frontier markets

  • Thailand
  • South Africa
  • The Philippines
  • Hungary
  • Peru
  • Vietnam
  • Romania
  • Columbia
  • Morocco
  • Kazakhstan

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Learn how diversifying into multiple markets is key to business success, and learn how to choose the best markets and entry strategies for your company.

The 2008 downturn of the U.S. economy taught Canadian exporters an important lesson: putting all your eggs into one market puts your business at risk. In fact, many experts now consider diversifying into multiple markets to be a necessity for business survival. Diversifying Your Market, One Step at a Time gets you started by showing you the many benefits of diversification, how to ensure your company is ready, and five strategic ways to break into a new market.