Support for the Niagara College Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre
Ontario is investing $4.2 million to help build a permanent, high-tech facility for the Niagara College Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre at its Rankin Technology Centre in Welland.
The facility will provide more than 15,000 square feet for lab space for faculty and student projects and services, innovation space for companies to work onsite and office space for Niagara students and industry staff.
The centre will provide local small and medium-sized enterprises with one-stop access to assistance through applied research from its faculty, staff and students including: pre-project market assessment, business services, technology projects, infrastructure and equipment, people and expertise, and post-project go-to-market plans.
The college's research division, Niagara College Research and Innovation, has identified several potential collaborative projects with local companies from across the manufacturing sector, all involving the centre's diverse skills and equipment. For example:
- Niagara-based premixed concrete products manufacturer, Kwik-Mix, is working with Niagara College Research and Innovation to design its new plant using 3D imaging.
- W.S. Tyler, a St. Catharines-based manufacturing company of wire mesh screening materials, is working with Niagara Research to improve processes within its facilities.
Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology offers a wide range of engineering, skilled trades and apprenticeship programs. Since it opened in 1967, it has developed strong connections with local industry. For example, the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara works closely with the culinary, viticulture, and agri-business sectors, and opened an on-site teaching micro-brewery in 2011. In addition, Niagara has collaborated with Brock University's Goodman School of Business to develop a graduate training program in community leadership.
Ontario is proud to invest in Niagara College's Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, which will continue building bridges between postsecondary education and industry, and significantly increase the college's footprint in the region.