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January 01, 2003— Ottawa, Ontario

Safe, efficient and cost-effective manufacturing technologies are crucial to the continued health of the aerospace sector in Canada. The new NRC Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Centre (NRC-AMTC) in Montreal responds to these pressing industry needs and will provide a boost to the concentration of major aircraft and subsystems manufacturers located in the Greater Montreal area.

The NRC-AMTC will focus on the development, demonstration and implementation of low-cost manufacturing technologies for aerospace, especially those of interest to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These technologies will help ease the path of new products from initial conception to certified airworthy products, a major challenge facing aircraft manufacturers. Industry partners will also benefit through improved access to state-of-the art equipment, research expertise and collaborative R&D projects and programs.

The Centre is being established under the leadership of the NRC Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC-IAR) as part of NRC's broader Aerospace Technology Infrastructure Initiative. The new Centre will complement NRC-IAR facilities in Ottawa and help strengthen an already active structures and materials research program.

Because of its location on the campus of the Université de Montréal and the proximity of other academic institution, the Centre will benefit from opportunities for collaborative research with professors and graduate students and will contribute to the training of highly qualified personnel.

  • 20,000 sq. foot facility located on the campus of the Université de Montréal
  • Direct creation of 100 jobs: 50 NRC staff, 50 guest workers
  • Investment of $46.5 million over five years: $21.5 million from NRC, $25 million from Canada Economic Development

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National Research Council of Canada

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