National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

July 31, 2015 16:13 ET

Minister Holder and MP Ambler Announce New Research Facility to Boost Canadian Advanced Manufacturing

Unique collaboration would see the National Research Council of Canada and Xerox working together to accelerate the commercialization of advanced materials research outcomes

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 31, 2015) - Canadian manufacturers will benefit from a new centre to be built in Mississauga that will help businesses to develop smart materials for the medical, automotive, aerospace and defence industries around the world. The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Stella Ambler, Member of Parliament for Mississauga South announced today that the National Research Council of Canada will invest $25 million to build the new Advanced Materials Manufacturing Centre in Mississauga and will collaborate with Xerox to bring these advanced materials to market. The manufacturing sector is a key driver of Canada's economic prosperity, employing approximately 1.7 million Canadians.

The collaboration between the National Research Council of Canada and the Xerox Research Center of Canada aspires to drive innovation towards emerging technologies that will benefit Canada's evolving manufacturing sector.

The new facility will be co-located on the Xerox Research Center of Canada campus - in response to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's November 2014 announcement of $380 million toward federal laboratories. This is part of a larger $5.8 billion commitment to build and renew public infrastructure across the country. Investments in Canada's infrastructure improve productivity and create jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity from coast to coast to coast.

Designed to serve as a catalyst for innovation in advanced materials, the partnership and state-of-the-art facility would provide world-class expertise and infrastructure to both private and public sector researchers for the development and integration of novel, smart materials for a wide range of products.

Quick Facts

  • Unique in Canada, researchers at XRCC - a division of Xerox Canada Inc. - remain at the global forefront of materials innovation. Advanced materials, sustainable materials, printed electronics, additive manufacturing, and continuous processes are among the areas of expertise at the XRCC.
  • Budget 2015 proposed investments in world-class research and development with over $1.5 billion in funding over five years to advance the Government's renewed science, technology and innovation strategy.
  • Since 2006, the Government has provided a significant level of funding to support investments in public infrastructure across the country. Economic Action Plan 2013 included $70 billion for public infrastructure over ten years, including the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure that contribute to economic growth, job creation and productivity.

Quotes

"The success of Canada's economy, the prosperity of its communities, and the well-being of its families depends on advancing cutting-edge science, technology, and innovations. Through the partnership announced today, our government is looking ahead to the new and innovative products and production methods that will push Canadian companies to the forefront of high-tech manufacturing."

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

"Our government is committed to moving ideas from the lab to the marketplace more quickly. This new facility will help develop the next generation advanced materials needed to position Canadian manufacturers to be more competitive on global markets while creating jobs in Mississauga and across Canada."

Stella Ambler, Member of Parliament, Mississauga South

"We understand the importance of providing manufacturers with the competitive edge they need to bolster their global competitiveness as they strive to grow and prosper. Companies that adopt advanced manufacturing technologies and processes have a significant advantage to deliver high value-added activities and products."

John R. McDougall, President of the National Research Council of Canada

"More than four decades ago Xerox made a significant contribution to Canada's knowledge infrastructure with the establishment of the Xerox Research Center Canada, our global advanced materials research facility. By pairing our amazing researchers and laboratory infrastructure with NRC's, to focus on areas such as the Internet of Everything, a formidable collaboration can emerge that will accelerate innovation - right here in Canada and globally."

Sophie Vandebroek, Chief Technology Officer, Xerox Corporation, and President, Xerox Innovation Group

"Innovation is a critical success factor for Canada's long-term economic resilience. Today's announcement signifies our enduring commitment to supporting Canada's capacity to innovate and commercialize research outcomes in partnership with NRC."

Paul Smith, Vice President, Xerox Research Centre of Canada

Related Products

  • Backgrounder - Advanced materials research and commercialization
  • Fact sheet - Xerox Innovation in Canada

Associated Links

PM announces new infrastructure across Canada

The New Building Canada Plan

Backgrounder

Advanced Materials Research and Commercialization

On 24 November 2014, the Prime Minister announced $5.8 billion for investments in infrastructure projects across the country. Included in this announcement was funding for the modernization of federal laboratories and research centres.

The Government of Canada announces that it is collaborating with Xerox regarding a $25 million investment for the construction of a state-of-the-art advanced materials research facility that will help enable Canadian industry leadership, while creating new opportunities for advanced materials applications in emerging market verticals.

Manufacturing is a critical sector in Canada, employing approximately 1.7 million Canadians. Companies that adopt advanced manufacturing technologies and processes have a significant advantage to deliver high value-added activities and products.

The new research laboratory facility would be co-located on the campus of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), a division of Xerox Canada Inc.

Facilitated by the location of the new construction, the collaboration would, among other initiatives, support a research collaboration between the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), a recognized industry leader in advanced materials R&D and manufacturing. It will provide NRC with access to XRCC's world-class team of scientists and engineers with broad expertise in materials chemistry, formulation design, prototyping, testing, and chemical process engineering. This competency base is critical for the future of printed electronics, smart objects, devices, sensors and for materials related to advanced manufacturing.

The new advanced materials research facility will provide Canadian industry access to the necessary leading-edge infrastructure to bolster materials development and close the gap that exists in commercializing research outcomes, giving them a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

Designed to serve as a catalyst for innovation in advanced materials, the partnership and state-of-the-art facility would provide world-class expertise and infrastructure to both private and public sector researchers for the development and integration of novel, smart materials for a wide range of products across industries, such as aerospace, automotive, medical, and defense.

The goals of the advanced materials campus now being negotiated are to:

  • bridge the gaps between laboratory demonstration and industry-scale manufacturing;
  • create a hub for materials manufacturing and integration in Canada through relationships with other existing R&D centres; and
  • attract new talent in advanced materials R&D to build a skilled workforce that supports next-generation Canadian manufacturing.

The new facility would be located on the XRCC campus in the Sheridan Science and Technology Park in Mississauga, Ontario and would accommodate approximately 70 scientific and technical staff.

Factsheet: Xerox Innovation in Canada

Xerox Research Centre of Canada

The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) is Canada's leading materials research centre, home to a world-class team of scientists and engineers with broad expertise in materials chemistry, formulation design, prototyping, testing, and chemical process engineering. Researchers work in multi-disciplinary teams across all stages of the innovation process to deliver solutions for applications in printing on paper, 3D Printing, and printed electronics leading to smart objects. Innovations such as new conductive inks, printable semiconductors, and structured organic films will change everything from 3D printing to the Internet of Things and address new sustainable materials for a better world. .

XRCC's facility in Mississauga includes research and testing labs along with a 27,000 square foot chemical pilot plant.

XRCC Facts

  • XRCC employees represent more than 35 countries around the world.
  • Xerox, one of the top 100 R&D investors in Canada, is the only multi-national company in the document technology industry conducting value-added advanced materials research in Canada.
  • XRCC employs 100 scientists and engineers.
  • XRCC generates approximately 150 patentable ideas each year and XRCC researchers hold more than 2,000 US patents.
  • Every printing technology product we offer, anywhere around the world, contains intellectual property that was invented and/or developed in Canada at XRCC.
  • XRCC is helping develop the future pipeline of knowledge workers by hiring more than 30 coop students each year from applied science programs at research-intensive universities across Canada.
  • XRCC is a Tier 1 Member of the National Research Council of Canada's Canadian Printed Electronics Consortium and since 2006, has also collaborated on a variety of projects with NRC's National Institute for Nanotechnology

Xerox Innovation Group

Starting with the invention of xerography more than 75 years ago, Xerox engineered a dramatic change in how people share information. Since then, the company has continued to engineer a better way for the world to work by applying its expertise in imaging, business process, analytics, automation and human centric design to make a real difference for customers and their customers. Through its innovation, Xerox has changed the way the world shops, learns, parks, does banking, receives healthcare and, of course - works.

Xerox's global research labs have a mission to create high-impact innovations that drive profitable revenue growth. The labs are located in Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S., and include the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC Inc.) that provides custom R&D services.

Xerox Canada

In Canada, Xerox provides extensive, leading- edge document technology, services, software and supplies for graphic communication and office printing environments of any size, in industries such as financial services, retail, telecommunications, health care, education, transportation and government.

We offer small, medium and large enterprises an exclusive portfolio of leading managed print services (MPS), communication and marketing services (CMS) and specialized business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions, such as for Finance and Accounting and Customer Care, as well - such as managing and digitizing paper-based work processes.

We are an active member of the Information Communications Technology community, creating value in Canada through advanced research, development and innovation at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC).

About Xerox

Xerox is a global business services, technology and document management company helping organizations transform the way they manage their business processes and information. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., we have more than 140,000 Xerox employees and do business in more than 180 countries. Together, we provide business process services, printing equipment, hardware and software technology for managing information -- from data to documents. Learn more at www.xerox.com.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations Team
    National Research Council of Canada
    613-991-1431
    1-855-282-1637 (24/7)
    media@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
    Twitter: @nrc_cnrc

    Scott French
    Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
    Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    343-291-2700

    Bill McKee
    Public Relations
    Xerox Canada
    585-737-9069
    Bill.Mckee@xerox.com

    Media Contacts:
    John Quinn
    Head of Corporate Communications
    Xerox Canada
    416-733-6828
    John.Quinn@Xerox.com