New R&D consortium puts Canadian composites front and center

The Boeing Co. and Canadian industry partners announced June 1 the launch of a new research and development consortium aimed at strengthening Canada’s competitive position in the manufacturing of advanced composite materials for aerospace and other industries.

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The Boeing Co. (St. Louis, Mo.) and Canadian industry partners announced June 1 the launch of a new research and development consortium aimed at strengthening Canada’s competitive position in the manufacturing of advanced composite materials for aerospace and other industries. The Canadian Composites Manufacturing Research and Development (CCMRD) consortium brings together major aerospace companies and small- to medium-sized enterprises to enhance Canada’s global competitiveness.

The CCMRD was formed in cooperation with the Composites Innovation Centre (CIC, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), National Research Council Canada’s Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC-IAR, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) and The Boeing Co. (Chicago, Ill.). Founding Canadian member companies include Bell Helicopter and Avior Integrated Products in Quebec; Comtek Advanced Structures in Ontario; Convergent Manufacturing Technologies and Profile Composites in British Columbia; and Bristol Aerospace (a division of Magellan Aerospace Ltd.) and Cormer Group Industries Inc. in Manitoba.

NRC-IAR will participate as a technology adviser, providing insight and direction based on its leading-edge knowledge of the composites aerospace industry. In addition to financial support, Boeing will provide technical expertise and project guidance through its central research, technology and innovation organization, Boeing Research & Technology.

The CCMRD is in line with Canada’s Industrial & Regional Benefits (IRB) policy and an integral part of Boeing’s IRB program associated with the Canadian Forces’ acquisition of 15 CH-147 helicopters. IRB policy requires prime contractors, such as Boeing, to invest in the Canadian economy as a result of winning defense contracts with the Canadian government. Boeing has more than 200 suppliers located across Canada.
 

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