November 24, 2014

With past cuts behind it, NRC looks to future

Winnipeg Free Press | By: Martin Cash | Posted: 06/27/2015 3:00 AM

Ottawa to invest $60M to boost manufacturing

THE National Research Council will be making a $60-million commitment to build a new facility in Winnipeg as part of its Factory of the Future initiative.

For several months the Harper government has been releasing information in bits and pieces about the national program to ensure the country’s manufacturing base stays on the leading edge.

Last fall, it said Winnipeg would be the site of a significant piece in the plan.

Still mostly conceptual, the idea is to leverage the NRC’s expertise, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and specialized equipment to assist Canadian manufacturers to develop new technologies and processes.

The impetus is to get ahead of increasingly competitive global markets where emerging economies are acquiring the capability to do high-quality work faster and cheaper.

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