Avcorp Industries, Delta, BC, and the University of British Columbia have agreed to explore the establishment of a Learning Factory for Advanced Composites at UBC's Okanagan campus.
The two parties, represented by Avcorp CEO Peter George and UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard, signed an MOU on July 12 at the Farnborough International Airshow.
"Avcorp Industries is committed to exploring the establishment of an aerospace industry-first Learning Factory in a way which will push the boundaries of advanced composite manufacturing as well as provide a platform for a new level of research and training in British Columbia," said Peter George, CEO of the Avcorp Industries Group. "We are looking forward to working with the UBC-based Composites Research Network in an initial focus on aerospace applications of composite materials and optimized manufacturing processes."
"Composite manufacturing is a growth industry," said Stephen Fuhr, MP for Kelowna-Lake Country. "This learning factory concept provides a solid opportunity for employment, education and innovation. It would also further solidify Kelowna-Lake Country as one of Canada's premier aerospace clusters."
The Learning Factory will integrate industrial production with learning and research and provide UBC students and faculty with new opportunities for research, knowledge translation, and hands-on experiential learning. The Learning Factory will also provide technical and skills training opportunities for students from partner institutions, such as Okanagan College.
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