The CMTB has targeted two niches where the current testing capacity in Quebec is insufficient, and even non–existent: Hydrogen embrittlement tests and composite materials tests. PHOTO courtesy Airbus.
The federal government has announced a repayable contribution of $174,000 to the Canadian Materials Testing Bureau (CMTB), a Quebec-based laboratory offering metal and composite materials testing for the aeronautics industry.
This support, provided under the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI), will enable the laboratory to meet the needs of Quebec and international aerospace manufacturers and increase the industry’s capacity in the context of growing global volumes, the federal government said in a release.
Due to its very high safety demands and resulting certification requirements, the aeronautics industry needs significant capacity to test the different materials and components it produces. CMTB has targeted two niches where the current testing capacity in Quebec is insufficient, and even non–existent: Hydrogen embrittlement tests and composite materials tests. The aim of CED’s assistance is to enable the CMTB to acquire the required equipment and certifications to conduct these tests, as well as market these new services at major industry conferences.
“I am very proud of the CMTB’s high-quality technical team. We will soon become one of Quebec’s top private laboratories offering metal and composite materials testing for the aeronautics industry,” said Amir Ershad Fanaei, Chief Executive Officer for CMTB. “This new strategic capability will also enable homegrown businesses to no longer have to go outside Canada for NADCAP-accredited testing. These additional skills are the result of our strategic vision and will help support our growth in the coming years.”
Aerospace is one of the most research–intensive and export-focused manufacturing industries, employing over 230,000 highly qualified people across the country.