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June 26, 2015 10:30 ET

MP Toet Announces Investment in Faster, Cheaper, Lighter, and Smarter Manufacturing in Winnipeg

The National Research Council's Factory of the Future program will provide next-generation R&D support to Canadian manufacturers to create jobs and increase competitiveness

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - June 26, 2015) - Increased competition from emerging economies in today's global marketplace means transforming Canadian manufacturing into factories of the future: faster, cheaper, lighter, smarter businesses able to create jobs, compete and win in global markets.

To this end, Lawrence Toet, Member of Parliament for Elmwood-Transcona, on behalf of the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced today an investment of up to $60 million to build a new facility in Winnipeg as part of the National Research Council of Canada's (NRC) Factory of the Future program. MP Toet made the announcement from Magellan Aerospace and was accompanied by David O'Connor, Division Manager of Defence and Space Products at Magellan Aerospace in Winnipeg.

The new program leverages the National Research Council's expertise, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and specialized equipment to assist Canadian manufacturers develop, adopt, and deploy new technologies and processes to produce high-quality, specialized manufactured goods at lower costs and in shorter time frames. The NRC's new facility in Winnipeg will stimulate public-private partnerships and provide Canadian companies with easy access to provide Canadian companies access to various research tools, including process design; simulation and integration; maintenance, repair and overhaul research; and manufacturing lifecycle assessment. The facility will also offer a flexible manufacturing pilot train laboratory and will support the development of advanced manufacturing systems engineering, composites and biocomposites.

By providing the tools and expertise Canadian firms need to overcome technology barriers and deploy innovative solutions, the Government of Canada is strengthening the Canadian manufacturing landscape. Canadian businesses can then continue to grow and prosper in an increasingly competitive global economy.

Quick Facts

  • The new Factory of the Future facility in Winnipeg will provide Canadian companies access to various research tools, including process design; simulation and integration; maintenance, repair and overhaul research; and manufacturing lifecycle assessment. The facility will also offer a flexible manufacturing pilot train laboratory and will support the development of advanced manufacturing systems engineering, composites and biocomposites.
  • Manufacturing is a critical sector in Canada: it employs approximately 1.5 million Canadians, including 43,000 in the Winnipeg region, almost all of them in full-time jobs. Companies that adopt advanced manufacturing technologies and processes have a significant advantage in producing high value-added products and services.
  • The funding announced today is part of the $5.8-billion commitment toward public infrastructure announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in November 2014. Investments in Canada's public infrastructure improve productivity and quality of life, and create jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity from coast to coast to coast.
  • The Factory of the Future is a program by the National Research Council that supports the competitiveness and prosperity of Canadian industries through the delivery of technologies and innovations needed to remain globally competitive in current and future markets.

Quotes

"Canadian manufacturing is a vital part of our economy employing over 1.5 million Canadians in well-paying, mostly full-time work. By providing our companies with the tools they need to be competitive, we are helping to ensure that our best and brightest innovators get ideas off the ground, and that Canadian manufacturers will compete and win in global markets, creating jobs and prosperity at home."

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

"The success of Canada's economy, the prosperity of our communities, and the well-being of our families depends on Canadian companies being competitive on global markets. Today's investment will ensure the National Research Council has a world class facility in Winnipeg to support innovative and competitive companies through leading edge research and development."

Lawrence Toet, Member of Parliament (Elmwood-Transcona)

"This investment will increase NRC's capacity to provide industry with access to leading-edge expertise, facilities and equipment, and support Canada's economic growth and prosperity. With this investment, we will help businesses overcome their technology and innovation challenges and increase their competitiveness and growth in the marketplace."

Dr. Ian Potter, Vice-President of Engineering at the National Research Council of Canada

The aerospace industry is becoming more competitive as the supply chain is increasingly globalized. NRC's investment today will help aerospace companies focus on improving their position in this competitive global marketplace. As Magellan Aerospace works to align our business with the market and with our customer requirements, we also continue to invest in both people and technology. Our Centre for Non-Destructive Testing (CNDI), which is a collaboration between Magellan Aerospace, Red River College, and federal government to help meet the demand for the skilled workforce required to support the industry is one such example that will continue to develop as we expand into the factory of the future model with NRC."

Don Boitson, Vice President and General Manager, Magellan Aerospace

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BACKGROUNDER

Factory of the Future in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Manufacturing is critical to Canada's economy, accounting for 11 per cent of our gross domestic product (GDP) and employing approximately 1.5 million Canadians. In today's global marketplace, Canadian manufacturers face increased competition from emerging economies to produce high-quality, specialized manufactured goods at lower costs and in shorter time frames.

These pressures on Canada's manufacturing sector demand a transformation of present factories towards increasingly agile, reliable, and energy-efficient machinery to deliver service-oriented and specialized manufactured goods.

The Government of Canada recognizes that companies need to develop, adopt, and deploy advanced manufacturing technologies and processes to be more competitive in producing high value-added activities and products.

On November 24, 2014 the Prime Minister announced a $5.8-billion investment in infrastructure projects across the country, the majority to take place over the next three years. As part of this announcement, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) received up to $60 million to build a new facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba as part of the Factory of the Future program.

The National Research Council's new facility in Winnipeg will provide Canadian companies with access to various research tools, including process design, simulation and integration, maintenance, repair and overhaul research, and manufacturing life cycle assessment. In addition, the facility will offer a flexible manufacturing pilot train laboratory as well as support the development of advanced manufacturing systems engineering, and composites and biocomposites (highly strong and lightweight materials).

These investments will strengthen the Canadian manufacturing landscape by giving Canadian companies access to state-of-the art technology, NRC expertise and support in composites and biocomposites manufacturing, design and simulation, information and communication technologies, processes and systems. It will also assist Canadian firms in overcoming technology barriers, in de-risking the development of new technologies, and in deploying innovative solutions to complex technological problems. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing a skilled workforce, encouraging collaborative partnerships and cross-sector applications, and developing highly agile, networked enterprises to be more competitive in the marketplace and able to grow in the global economy.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations Team
    National Research Council of Canada
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    media@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

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