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Conestoga gets federal applied research funding

College will team with Cambridge luggage maker to streamline manufacturing process


March 4, 2011
by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

KITCHENER, Ont.—Rimowa North America Inc., has entered a research partnership Conestoga College to streamline the manufacturing processes at its Cambridge plant.

Conestoga College will work with Rimowa to explore, design and implement an automated system to streamline current processes used in the manufacturing of aluminum suitcases.

Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) Gary Goodyear announced the federal investment while speaking at the college.

“This project will see Conestoga College and Rimowa work together on exciting new research, which will allow the company to expand its local manufacturing to include aluminum suitcases,” said Goodyear.

This is Conestoga’s first project announced under a $750,000 investment from FedDev’s Ontario Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative.

Rimowa makes aluminum luggage and attache cases in it’s 30,000 square-foot fabrication and assembly plant in Cambridge, Ont.