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Southern Ontario to benefit from new manufacturing project and research centres

Published by Stephanie Brooks on November 06, 2012

London, Ontario area manufacturers will soon see the results of a $13.7 million federal government investment in two new advanced manufacturing facilities designed to create jobs, business opportunities, boost R&D and innovation in Canadian industry.

The Fraunhofer Project Centre at Western University and a centre for commercialization of advanced manufacturing technology will be funded by the federal government through FedDev Ontario and contributions from Western, the City of London, the private sector and the Government of Ontario.

The facilities will be geared toward the composite materials industry - for testing innovative composite lightweight products, systems and materials for the automotive, aerospace, defence, construction, medical devices and renewable energy sectors. This will help to speed up the research and development process and help the region's manufacturers get their products out to the global market.

It is estimated these centres will create 20 high-quality research and technical jobs, in addition to expanding business opportunities for hundreds of southern Ontario businesses.

The Fraunhofer Project Centre will offer a real-world manufacturing setting and complete production equipment. The centre for commercialization of advanced manufacturing technology will offer small- and medium-sized enterprises industrial research space, business services and access to research staff.

For a link to the government's official news release, click here.


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