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New metals research lab opens in Hamilton

The Government of Canada has opened a $40-million state-of-the-art federal laboratory that will provide technology and innovation support to industries that manufacture mineral and metal products.


February 24, 2011
by PLANT STAFF

HAMILTON: The Government of Canada has opened a $40-million state-of-the-art lab that will provide technology and innovation support to industries that manufacture mineral and metal products.

The CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory (CANMET-MTL), located at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, cut the ceremonial ribbon Feb. 23 to mark its first official day of business. The new facility, which operates under Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), will conduct research into structural metals and alloys, materials design, pilot-scale processing and performance evaluation.

This work is relocating from Ottawa to Hamilton, which is central to Canada’s automotive and metal 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, president of McMaster University. “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.”

CANMET-MTL specializes in cast and wrought metals and alloys; metal matrix composites; powdered metals; coatings; and materials for durable infrastructures, all with an emphasis on clean energy and sustainable development, and on transferring materials technology to Canadian companies.

The federal government provided $40 million for the facility in its 2006 budget and allotted another $6 million a year for operational costs in its 2007 budget.
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