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Natural Resources Canada
February 23, 2011
HAMILTON — The Government of Canada today officially opened a new state-of-the-art federal laboratory, which will provide key technology and innovation support to industries that manufacture mineral and metal products in southwestern Ontario and across the country. The CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory (CANMET-MTL) is located at McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) in Hamilton, where it is expected to become a hub of research excellence.
The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, was joined by Bob Bratina, Mayor of Hamilton; Patrick Deane, President of McMaster University; and Zach Douglas, President of the McMaster Innovation Park, at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for CANMET-MTL, Canada’s premier materials research facility.
“Our Government’s investments in technology and innovation demonstrate our commitment to working with industry and academia to develop ‘made-in-Canada’ technological know-how,” said Minister Paradis. “This new facility will deepen Canada’s technological capacity in new materials research and strengthen the long-term competitiveness of our manufacturing base, including Canada’s energy, automotive and steel industries.”
Demonstrating the Government of Canada’s commitment to energy efficiency, energy experts from Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY were involved in the design of the new building, which will be considered for certification at the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum level in late 2011.
CANMET-MTL is Canada’s leading research centre dedicated to structural metals and alloys, materials design, pilot-scale processing and performance evaluation. Scientific and technical staff are involved in research and development to provide materials solutions for Canadian industry in the energy, transportation and metals-manufacturing sectors.
“CANMET’s move to McMaster Innovation Park represents a huge boost for the region’s and country’s economic development and prosperity,” said Patrick Deane. “Its central location in the heart of the manufacturing sector, combined with its proximity to McMaster’s research facilities and expertise, has created a dynamic materials and manufacturing research cluster. Not only will this help to keep Canada’s industries competitive on the global scale, it will ensure that we attract and train the best students and researchers.”
“Working with the Government of Canada to create this world-class research facility has been an incredible experience,” said Zach Douglas. “The presence of CANMET-MTL at MIP will be a significant magnet for future economic development in Hamilton.”
Hamilton represents the heart of Canada’s automotive and metal manufacturing sectors. The new facility will enhance CANMET-MTL’s ability to support industry by contributing to the development and commercialization of new materials and products.
“The relocation of CANMET-MTL ensures that Hamilton will continue to be Canada's ‘Steel City,’ and as mayor and a former steelworker, I couldn't be more proud,” said Mayor Bratina.
The Government of Canada is supporting Canadian researchers and innovators in developing new ideas and bringing them to the marketplace through Canada’s Science and Technology Strategy.
Budget 2006 provided $40 million for one-time costs, such as capital equipment and moving expenses, and Budget 2007 provided $6 million in annual, ongoing funding for the lease and operating costs of the new facility.
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A new, $40-million, state-of-the-art federal research lab officially opened its doors today in the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton. With its start-up and operating costs funded by the federal government, the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory will deepen Canada’s technological capacity in new materials research and strengthen the long-term competitiveness of Canada’s energy, automotive and steel industries.
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