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June 07, 2007— Ottawa, Ontario

Helping Canada Reach New Heights in Aerospace Research

In 2005, the Canadian aerospace and defence industry generated revenues of $21.8 billion while the sector contributed $9.2 billion to Canada's gross domestic product. With an increase in international air travel and, as a result, the global aircraft market, general industry trends continue to look positive for aerospace.

The National Research Council has been an integral part of the development and growth of Canada's aerospace sector. From the development of some of Canada's first wind tunnels, aircraft skis, and the crash position indicator to current research on the latest, low emission jet engines, NRC has strong links with Canada's aerospace sector.

Through its new strategy, Science at Work for Canada, NRC is focussing even more effort on aerospace through specific "sector strategies" — targeting areas that are important to Canada's economy. The sectors identified in our Strategy are R&D and knowledge intensive, and rely on groundbreaking innovation to stay ahead of the competition. Of course, NRC is targeting industries in which we have demonstrated expertise and where we can have the most impact for Canada.

In this context, NRC will soon launch its Aerospace Sector Plan: NRC Aerospace. NRC Aerospace is based on extensive consultations with major stakeholders and industrial partners, and will marshal resources from across NRC research fields.

The NRC Aerospace strategy will help this vital industry develop globally competitive products and services through partnerships and collaborations with government, and with university partners and clients around the world. NRC will continue to foster innovation in the design, manufacture, performance, use and safety of aerospace vehicles by leveraging our research expertise in advanced materials, gas turbines and bio-fuels. And, NRC will continue to offer access to our state-of-the-art facilities.

NRC has a long standing and strong commitment to Canada's home grown aerospace industry. Together with the industry, and our stakeholders, we will help the Canadian aerospace industry reach new heights!  

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