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'Preferred location' ID'd for research facility

Published by CME Manitoba on June 30, 2017

This article appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 29, 2017

More than 2 1/2 years after the National Research Council first announced its intentions, significant movement is finally underway in plans to build an advanced manufacturing research and development facility in Winnipeg.

A "preferred location" has been identified by the NRC for the $60-million factory-of-the-future R & D centre.

François Cordeau, vice-president of engineering for the NRC, said the 10-acre site is located north of the airport, fronting onto the Perimeter Highway.

Due diligence on the site, including environmental and geotechnical assessment, is underway and scheduled to be completed by the end of the September.

"If there are no surprises then we will acquire the piece of land then," Cordeau said in an interview.

If that’s the case, construction will begin in a year’s time with substantial progressn expected by the end of 2020.

He said the plans for the site are still being developed, but the idea is to provide easier access to advanced technologies.

Manufacturers will be supported in their bid to innovate at a faster pace, something that will be required in an increasingly competitive global market.

The facility is expected to be a centre for projects involved in every element of the so-called Industry 4.0 — including robotics, additive manufacturing, digitization of the manufacturing line, networking activities and Internet-of-Things technologies.

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