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Transportation systems keep our country connected and economy moving. NRC scientists and engineers tests a variety of vehicles, materials and fuel technologies to keep Canadian surface traffic flowing and improve the safety of the country's roads and bridges.
The automotive industry is Canada's largest manufacturing sector, accounting for 12% of manufacturing GDP and 24 percent of manufacturing trade. The sector employs 138,000 people in automotive manufacturing, and another 345,000 in distribution and aftermarket sales and service. In 2008, industry shipments amounted to $47 billion in vehicle assembly and $24 billion in automotive components.
At the same time, the automotive sector faces ongoing and emerging challenges. Automotive companies must be globally competitive and develop unique solutions and capabilities, while facing a lack of resources for conducting R&D activities. As green engineering is becoming pervasive, manufacturers trying to adopt green products also need to find solutions to reduce fuel consumption and costs.
NRC Automotive, together with our industrial and research partners, provides cost effective R&D and access to
For small and medium-sized automotive companies, NRC supports innovation by providing industry advice and research funding support through NRC's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
NRC is a key partner in an initiative that will provide $145 million in research funding over five years to support significant R & D activities in collaboration with the Canadian automotive industry. Other partners include: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC). For more information, contact: www.apc-pac.ca.