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Feds invest in McMaster University’s Automotive Resource Centre


September 2, 2011
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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University researchers and the automotive industry will come together to develop “green” automotive technologies, thanks to a new investment by the Government of Canada.

Through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s (FedDev Ontario) Prosperity Initiative, McMaster University will receive up to $11.5 million to create the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) for the research and development of such innovations as hybrid and electric powertrains, batteries and lightweight materials. The resulting collaboration between businesses, manufacturers, parts suppliers and researchers will meet the growing demand for green and efficient automotive models. Once completed, the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre is expected to employ approximately 120 to 150 workers from the private, public and academic sectors, and will provide training opportunities for highly qualified personnel that this sector requires.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario, announced the funding at McMaster’s Innovation Park.

“Our government is committed to making sure the people, businesses and communities of southern Ontario have the tools they need to succeed,” said Minister of State Goodyear. “This investment will not only create jobs, but help build an automotive resource centre, putting southern Ontario at the forefront in the development of green automotive technologies.”

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“The automotive sector is important to Canada’s economy,” said Patrick Deane, president and vice-chancellor, McMaster University. “MARC will allow our University to support this sector through industry-driven research and prototype development, as well as provide opportunities for students to work directly on priority projects with our industry partners.”

To learn more, visit www.feddevontario.gc.ca.