NRC collaborative open space for manufacturing and automotive innovation

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David Muir, R&D Director
Telephone: 519-430-7095

Targeted industries

Automotive, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)


Research facility highlights

The NRC London facility is part of NRC Automotive and Surface Transportation (AST).The facility supports the Canadian automotive industry, owing primarily to its proximity to the Canadian market, automaker and supplier manufacturing facilities and R&D centres. This sector is vitally important to the regional economy and is the focus of regional and provincial initiatives.

A new open-space concept, scheduled to be operational in April 2018, unique to the NRC London facility, is intended to be a collaborative workspace in which all levels of the automotive supply chain may work together with the NRC and the research ecosystem in Canada. Through this facility, we will provide technical solutions and apply them directly to our collaborators’ products and processes.

What we offer

The focus of this new NRC open space is to help Canadian automotive manufacturers adopt more advanced manufacturing approaches, including mass customization, process industrialization, and data-driven factory automation, as well as manufacturing with new materials and other new vehicle technologies. New capabilities will be developed to enable the digital factories (Industry 4.0) that will produce transportation technologies such as Connected/Autonomous Vehicles (CAV).

Physical spaces

  • Four laboratories for flexible and confidential work. Lab space can be expanded as required.
  • Two vehicle bays, complete with lifts and related automotive shop capability. Each bay has the ability to maintain project confidentiality.
  • A high crane bay as a manufacturing space for scale up and/or digital microfactory workspace development.
  • Private office workspace.
  • Meeting areas and conference rooms.

Why work with us

The key concept is to offer a flexible and agile collaborative space set-up to rapidly solve industry problems with novel technology solutions that can be integrated on a short-term basis. It is designed to be flexible and modular, with client confidentiality in mind. As such, we can address the immediate needs of industry to launch projects quickly to:

  • Host collaboration projects in which NRC staff and partners integrate products/technologies from multiple members (academic, government, SME, NRC) into a digital factory or vehicle platform or subassembly, particularly if a neutral location is desirable.


David Fraser, Business Advisor
Telephone: 519-430-7095

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