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November 17, 2014 12:25 ET

Investing in Emerging Aerospace Technology

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 17, 2014) - Industry Minister James Moore, accompanied by Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, today announced that ING Robotic Aviation in Orléans will receive up to $349,000 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to develop and assist in the commercialization of the next generation of unmanned aircraft systems in the 25 kg class.

ING Robotic Aviation develops and markets products that deliver airborne sensing solutions using drone technology in the 25 kg class. Its products are used for long-range and persistent data acquisition in the oil and gas and mining industries, by utility companies, and for precision agriculture, forestry, defence and public safety.

Quick Facts

  • In 2013, Canada's aerospace industry was responsible for more than 170,000 jobs and contributed $28 billion to the economy. Aerospace is a priority sector under Canada's Global Markets Action Plan.

  • Production in the aerospace product and parts industry posted a 22.0% gain to $1.9 billion.

  • Manufacturing sales have bounced back and are up more than 25 percent since the recession.

  • Manufacturing employs close to 1.7 million Canadians, and almost all of these jobs are full-time.

  • In support of the manufacturing sector, the Government of Canada has negotiated trade agreements that will expand market opportunities and create jobs. It has also eliminated tariffs on machinery and equipment, making Canada the first tariff-free zone for manufacturing inputs in the G20, and it renewed the accelerated capital cost allowance in 2013, providing $1.4 billion in deferred taxes to Canadian manufacturers that invest in machinery and equipment.

  • The government is investing in innovation in manufacturing through initiatives such as the Technology Demonstration Program for aerospace and defence and the Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

  • The government has also focused on establishing the right conditions for success, such as lowering taxes, cutting the corporate tax rate from over 22 percent in 2007 to 15 percent today, and removing the federal capital tax.

  • A key part of supporting manufacturers is ensuring that they have global markets for the goods they produce. Through the Global Markets Action Plan, the government has concluded seven different free trade pacts with 38 countries. It has also concluded or implemented foreign investment promotion and protection agreements with 22 countries and continues to deepen trade ties with the largest, most dynamic markets in the world.

  • Canada's two most recent trade agreements, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, promise to add at least $14 billion annually in new economic activity, equivalent to creating more than 90,000 new jobs.

Quotes

"Our government's top priority is creating jobs and opportunities in our communities. That's why we have steadily increased direct support for research and development to help Canadian companies like ING Robotic Aviation commercialize their innovative products. Our country's prosperity is fundamentally linked to the technologies that Canadian firms bring to life."

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry

"The drone industry's growth potential in the unmanned aerial vehicle industry over the coming years is very promising. Our government's main objective is to support economic growth and job creation. This federal investment in ING Robotic Aviation confirms that it will have a great economic impact on our region and our country. I'm delighted to see that a company business in this advanced technology sector chose Orléans to establish its headquarters. Thanks to the technological innovations coming from our region, more and more people will be talking about the Ottawa-Orléans area as it continues to carve its place in the R&D sector."

Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans

"We are excited to officially open our new facility in Ottawa. This gives a focal point for our production and operations as well as a home for the back room functions. What it represents is the further development of a home-grown high-tech company that is already developing technology, creating jobs and exporting products. This is another step in our move into the commercial market."

Ian Glenn, CEO/CTO of ING Robotic Aviation

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- Industrial Research Assistance Program

- ING Robotic Aviation

BACKGROUNDER

Industrial Research Assistance Program

ING Robotic Aviation

The National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) provides a range of technical and business-oriented advisory services, as well as necessary financial support, to qualified innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada.

NRC-IRAP engages in cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects with its clients. Firms helped by NRC-IRAP are better equipped to perform basic R&D, commercialize new products and processes, and access new markets.

The program is delivered by a diverse field staff of professionals and over 240 industrial technology advisors in more than 100 communities across Canada.

In 2012–13, NRC-IRAP worked with over 11,000 SMEs, of which some 8,000 benefited from expert advisory services and close to 3,000 received some form of financial assistance.

ING Robotic Aviation sells services and products that deliver airborne sensing solutions using drone technology in the 25 kg class. Their products are used for long-range and persistent date acquisition in the oil and gas and mining industries, by utility companies, and for precision agriculture, forestry, defence and public safety.

ING Robotic Aviation in Orleans will receive up to $349,000 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to develop and assist in the commercialization of the next generation of unmanned aircraft systems in the 25 kg class.

ING Robotic Aviation has been involved in 6 separate IRAP projects dating back to 2012.

Year NRC IRAP Contribution
2012-2014 $45,700 (ARP)
2012-2013 $14,300 (ARP)
2012 $15,000 (Youth)
2013-2015 Up to $327,000 (IRAP)
2013-2014 $22,200 (ARP)
2014 $15,000 (Youth)

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