Education & Training
Niagara College to open advanced manufacturing innovation centre
By Alyssa Dalton
Nov. 19, 2014 – Ontario says it is investing $4.2 million to help build the Niagara College Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, a permanent, high-tech facility that will provide hands-on applied learning and innovative business solutions.
With more than 15,000 square feet of lab space, the centre boasts state-of-the-art equipment and research facilities for Ontario-based manufacturers, along with access to the expertise and business services of faculty and students. These services will help reduce production costs and minimize production time, and bring the talent and skills of the college’s students together with local industry, noted the government.
“The centre’s community will boost the regional economy by developing commercialization solutions, innovating products and processes, and expanding into new markets,” added Dr. Dan Patterson, president of Niagara College.
Niagara College Research and Innovation, the college’s research division, provides real-world solutions for business, industry and the community through applied research and knowledge transfer activities, including projects with Niagara-based Kwik Mix and St. Catharines-based W.S. Tyler.
“Our government is focused on ensuring that economic recovery is felt in every part of the province, and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre is sure to make a strong impact here in Niagara. Investing in knowledge transfer at Niagara College will train tomorrow’s business leaders, and generate a positive climate for local businesses to create jobs and attract investment,” said Jim Bradley, deputy government house leader and MPP for St. Catharines.
The centre aims to be completed and operational by late 2015/early 2016.
Photos © Luke Gillett, Niagara College Canada