Pictured at the announcement from left are Niagara Region Chair Jim Bradley, St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle, Brock president Gervan Fearon, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute director Debbie Inglis, Brock vice president, research Tim Kenyon, Brock chemistry instructor Paul Zelisko and Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey. Photo: Brock UniversityClick image to enlargePictured at the announcement from left are Niagara Region chair Jim Bradley, St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle, Brock president Gervan Fearon, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute director Debbie Inglis, Brock vice president, research Tim Kenyon, Brock chemistry instructor Paul Zelisko and Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey. Photo: Brock University.

Ottawa is contributing $5 million to the establishment of a new facility for R&D at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont.

The new facility will focus on advanced research and innovation in bioagriculture, bioscience and chemical manufacturing.

The FedDev funding through the Community Economic Development and Diversification stream was announced Tuesday, Sept. 3 by Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey and St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle. The funding means Brock can launch the Brock-Niagara Validating, Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute (VPMI), which will enable area businesses to access Brock University’s researchers, expertise and advanced technology.

The new centre will be housed in a $6.1-million expansion of Brock’s Mackenzie Chown Complex, which is expected to open in 2021.

The factory of the future at FABTECH 2016

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Magna forming electric vehicle joint ventures in China

Magna International Inc. has announced that it is forming two joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. (BJEV), China’s biggest electric vehicle manufacturer, to engineer and build EVs in China.

Canadian auto suppliers get opportunity at Magna

Canadian automotive suppliers will have an opportunity to present their capabilities to Magna International on June 24 during the Canadian Innovation Fair at Magna's Troy, MI, facility.

Interested suppliers were asked to submit their applications earlier in June and were contacted by APMA if they had been selected.

The Consulate General of Canada in partnership with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) are being given an opportunity to showcase Canadian automotive capabilities at Magna's US facility. Canadian suppliers who apply for the opportunity, will be given the chance to meet with the company's purchasing and engineering managers.

Magna says it's interested in learning about new products, processes, materials or other innovations in the following areas: connected car (e.g. software, advanced camera vision); powertrain (e.g. alternate propulsion technologies); lightweighting (e.g. laser welded blanks, joining technologies); interior and seating systems; testing/production/material handling; and safety systems.

For more information, visit APMA online.

Welding group launches post secondary awards program

The CWA Foundation has introduced the Post Secondary School Awards program for Canadian welding students.

TRUMPF grows with Chicago expansion

TRUMPF plans to expand its operations with a new 50,000 sq ft facility in Chicago, IL, that will house a Technology Centre and a Centre for Excellence for Industry 4.0. The facility will be completed by mid-2017.

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