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Industry Canada

October 25, 2010 10:30 ET

Harper Government Strengthens Canada's Aerospace Sector

Investment Will Help Develop Cutting-Edge Flight Simulators

SAINT-LAURENT, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2010) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced a repayable investment of $18.6 million in a $61.9-million research and development project being undertaken by Mechtronix Systems Inc. This investment is being made through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI).

"With this repayable funding, Mechtronix Systems will be able to build its in-house capabilities to develop flight simulator training products," said Minister Clement. "With the economic recovery still fragile, hard-working men and women in Canada's aerospace sector can rest assured that our government is on their side."

Mechtronix Systems' products will have improved capabilities, such as increased performance and energy efficiency. The work for this project will be carried out with collaborators such as Université Laval and Composites BHS Inc.

"It is vital for Canadian companies to provide the aviation industry with solutions that exceed the latest industry standards and that fully meet the customers' needs for innovation," said Xavier-Henri Hervé, President of Mechtronix Systems. "This new investment allows us to expand our unique ability in engineering and manufacturing products, which incorporate cutting-edge technology."

SADI supports strategic industrial research and pre-competitive development projects in the aerospace, defence, space and security industries. SADI is managed by the Industrial Technologies Office, a special operating agency of Industry Canada with a mandate to advance leading-edge research and development by Canadian industries.

BACKGROUNDER

SADI Investment in Mechtronix Flight Simulator Project

Through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI), the Government of Canada is making a repayable investment of $18.6 million towards a research and development (R&D) project by Mechtronix Systems Inc. to build in-house capabilities for the development of flight simulator training products.

The R&D project for flight simulation devices will result in innovative products with features such as increased energy efficiency and performance capabilities. The work for this project will be carried out with collaborators, such as Université Laval and private sector partners.

Launched in April 2007, SADI supports private sector industrial research and pre-competitive development in Canada's aerospace, defence, security and space industries through repayable investments.

The benefits of SADI include leveraging private sector investment in R&D, attracting foreign investment to Canada, helping to advance technology transfer and innovation, and developing a highly skilled workforce. SADI is managed by the Industrial Technologies Office, a special operating agency of Industry Canada with a mandate to advance leading-edge R&D by Canadian industries.

For more information about SADI, please visit the Industrial Technologies Office website (www.ito.ic.gc.ca).

About the company

Mechtronix Systems Inc., an MWC company, specializes in the design and manufacture of flight simulation training devices for general, business and commercial aviation. With more than 20 years of experience, the company is a leader in the global flight simulation and training market. Based in Montréal, Mechtronix Systems offers a full range of products from full flight simulators to flight training devices, setting new industry standards for higher fidelity, reliability, cost efficiency and safety. Its customers include major airlines, training centres and training organizations, and the company has technical support centres located around the world.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Lynn Meahan - Press Secretary
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502