NRC automotive innovation hub in London, ON. Photo: NRCClick image to enlarge

The National Research Council (NRC) has opened a $5 million Manufacturing and Automotive Innovation Hub in London, ON.

The facility will develop new technologies in automotive manufacturing. It will also give automotive manufacturers in the region the opportunity to experience leading-edge research and innovation first-hand, including hands-on testing of new systems and products. It will be of particular value to small and medium sized companies that don’t have advanced R&D capabilities of their own.

“Everyone is under the gun today to keep up the pace with adopting new technology,” said Jayson Myers, chief executive of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada. “Many companies don’t have facilities to do that. A centre like this can help businesses come together and reduce risk.”

As reported in the London Free Press, the technology the new hub will showcase includes mapping systems for self-driving cars, digital manufacturing technologies used to produce parts, advanced new materials, and improvements to vehicle environmental efficiency and plant efficiency.

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