"The pursuit of new technologies is essential to the continued success of our industry, and more broadly, of the Canadian economy," said the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry. "This government is committed to our aerospace sector, and we are setting the right conditions for investment, research and development."
Down the road, the NRC and Bombardier Aerospace expect that these research and development initiatives will result in enhanced access to emerging technologies and markets for Canadian small and medium business, helping them to stay competitive.
"We believe this MOU between the NRC and Bombardier Aerospace will help Canadian companies grow and become more globally competitive," said John R. McDougall, president of the NRC. "It will strengthen the long-standing collaborative relationship between our organizations, which will result in more innovative technology solutions for the aerospace industry. It will also lead to significant business opportunities among the many smaller suppliers who support the larger players in the industry, and who need to remain competitive on a global scale."
"Canada’s aerospace industry is home to a wealth of engineering knowledge, and this expression of our alliance with the National Research Council Canada is an important step in the development of innovative solutions that will fuel the competitiveness of our future aircraft," said Guy C. Hachey, president and chief operating officer of Bombardier Aerospace. "Bombardier is committed to designing products that will perform beyond current requirements of the aviation industry as it moves towards carbon-neutral growth, and this collaboration will help us reach our goal."
The NRC and Bombardier Aerospace have previously collaborated on a number of projects ranging from aerodynamic studies, including wind tunnel testing for several Bombardier aircraft concepts, to the development of advanced manufacturing methods, including automated fabrication of composite aircraft fuselages.