Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre

Building on Canada's excellent reputation for turning research into innovative solutions, the NRC's Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre can help you take ideas from concept to commercialization. With a proven track record, unmatched research, development and demonstration capabilities and access to innovation support, the NRC has earned a reputation as a valued contributor to the automotive and surface transportation sector including: passenger vehicles, heavy-haul and light rail, heavy-duty trucking fleets, specialized military vehicles, and first response vehicles.

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Industrial R&D groups

Technology licensing


  • Vehicle lightweighting
    • aluminium forming
    • multi-material assembly
    • low-cost, high-performance composite manufacturing
    • sustainable and eco-friendly polymers and composites
  • Digital manufacturing
    • design-to-manufacturing
    • modeling and process simulation
    • dynamic and structural computer modeling and analysis
  • Additive manufacturing and surface engineering
    • laser additive manufacturing
    • cold spray additive manufacturing
    • thermal spray coating
    • powder metallurgy manufacturing
  • Vehicle electrification
    • safe, low cost energy storage technologies
    • battery material development
    • improved fuel cell manufacturing
    • low-cost electric motors
  • Fleet management and heavy-duty vehicles
    • intelligent transportation systems
    • safety, security and operational efficiency
    • bluff-body aerodynamics
  • Rail technologies
    • wheel/rail interactions
    • rail vehicle engineering for value-added railcars
    • track maintenance planning
    • high performance rail

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Why work with us

Éric Baril

Éric Baril
Director General

The NRC's Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre has a well-established history of working with clients by providing them with leading edge research, technical and engineering services, and developing innovative technology solutions that solve their materials & manufacturing challenges.

Our unique facilities provide our clients with cutting edge infrastructure that is routinely leveraged to tackle the most challenging product development needs, engineering challenges and product testing requirements. The NRC recognizes that having timely access to such facilities is essential for our client's success in this highly competitive and global industry.

The Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre's strength lies in its multidisciplinary team of over 300 experts. Tap into our highly experienced and specialized staff that includes technical experts, researchers, metallurgists, physicists, chemists, software designers, programmers, and engineers in the fields of automotive systems and components, engines, batteries, fuel cell, chemistry, structures, materials, manufacturing and systems.

This world-class research infrastructure and unique expertise, customizable service options and high ethical standards make us the ideal technology choice to support your vision with innovative services and solutions.

The NRC offers an array of R&D facilities and access to highly specialized scientific, technical and commercialization experts. The NRC develops and transfers technologies through consortia, collaborative research contracts, services agreements and licensing arrangements, tailoring business opportunities to the needs of individual clients, partners and licensees. Contact us to develop a project to meet your R&D challenges.

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