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Canada Signs MoU With Bombardier

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

28 July 2010

The Canadian government has announced that through the National Research Council of Canada it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bombardier Aerospace for cooperation on research and development initiatives.

According to the government, the agreement is the first step in a process of establishing fee-for-service and collaborative research projects of mutual interest to the National Research Council of Canada and Bombardier. Going forward, the agreement will give Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses enhanced access to emerging technologies and markets. This will enable Canadian businesses to better compete in an increasingly global, competitive industry, the government said.

Welcoming the agreement’s signing, Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, stated: "The pursuit of new technologies is essential to the continued success of our industry, and more broadly, of the Canadian economy. This government is committed to our aerospace sector and we are setting the right conditions for investment, research and development.”

“We believe this MoU between the NRC and Bombardier Aerospace will help Canadian companies grow and become more globally competitive,” said John 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,” added Guy 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. The government noted that the MoU’s signing reinforces this mutually beneficial relationship and sets a governance model that will greatly facilitate future collaborations.

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