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Backgrounder


Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetMATERIALS laboratory, with facilities in Hamilton and Calgary, is the largest research centre in Canada dedicated to metals and materials research, focusing on fabrication, processing and evaluation. Scientific and technical staff are involved in research and development to provide materials solutions for Canadian industry in the energy, transportation and metal-manufacturing sectors. Canada has long been a leader in this field.

The mandate of CanmetMATERIALS is to develop and deploy technologies that improve all aspects of producing and using value-added products derived from metals and minerals. Particular emphasis is placed on solving technological problems of relevance to NRCan’s mandate in clean energy and sustainable development and transferring materials technology to Canadian companies.

CanmetMATERIALS’ research focuses on three industrial sectors that use Canada’s natural resources and are central to the mandate of NRCan:

  • Transportation — particularly the manufacturers of vehicles, engines and components, which require new advanced-materials solutions to improve fuel efficiency while maintaining safety and performance;
  • Energy — components for use in clean energy production (such as next-generation nuclear reactors and clean combustion systems for fossil fuels) and reliable pipelines to transport gas, oil, biofuels and carbon dioxide; and
  • Metal Manufacturing — components for a variety of other sectors, such as defence, aerospace, health and construction, that require high-performance materials.

CanmetMATERIALS laboratory staff work closely with clients and stakeholders in each of these sectors.

Collaborative Research Agreement

The Collaborative Research Agreement (CRA) with the University of Windsor will leverage strong ties to the automotive industry in the area, including the local manufacturing infrastructure, which has global strengths in tooling and parts manufacturing.

This CRA will enable research in lightweight materials casting (aluminum and magnesium), friction- and wear-reduction of powertrain components, corrosion-resistant coatings and multi-material joining technology development. The research support new technologies for increased vehicle fuel efficiency through vehicle weight reduction and increased powertrain efficiency.

This research agreement is also designed to strengthen the network of materials researchers across Canada, increasing capacity for world-class materials innovation. The network already includes McMaster University, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, the University of Waterloo, Automotive Partnerships Canada and AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence.

Media may contact: 

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447