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Harper Government announces support for new innovation centre for Alberta’s composites manufacturing sector

News International-French

23 Feb 2012

Entrepreneurs and manufacturing companies in Alberta will soon have access to a new leading-edge facility for developing new composite-based products as a result of funding from the Government of Canada.

A federal investment of $3.5 million, announced by the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, will enable the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT Polytechnic) to establish and equip a centre for innovation to support companies working to create new products that use composite materials.


The manufacturing of new composite-based products represents an important opportunity for Alberta entrepreneurs to grow their companies and diversify their markets,” said Minister Yelich. “Our Government’s investment in this initiative will help ensure innovators from any industry or sector can access state-of-the-art equipment and services to test and develop their products, which in turn will help support economic growth and create jobs.


SAITPolytechnic will collaborate with Alta Injection Molding (AIM), an Alberta-based company, to establish the new facility. The Centre will offer a variety of commercialization services that span from product design and testing to production and packaging. Clients will also have access to an advisory team to assist with patents, mentoring, and connecting to investors.



This new facility will help to increase the number of new products using composite materials that are commercialized and manufactured in Alberta. The Centre will also create opportunities to train students preparing for careers in the composites industry.



Composites are broadly known as reinforced plastics. Composite materials can be used to produce a large variety of high quality products ranging from sporting goods and automobile parts to corrosion resistant pipes and commercial aircraft components. Benefits of using composite materials include features such as higher strength, lighter weight, corrosion resistance, design flexibility and durability.



Western Economic Diversification Canada works with the provinces, industry associations and communities to promote the development and diversification of the western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West and advances the interests of western Canadians in national decision making.



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