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Western Canadian researchers look to cash in on composites

Published by Steve Coleman on January 26, 2012

British Columbia is hoping to become Canada's hotbed for composites.

The University of British Columbia received $9.8 million from the federal government Jan. 25 to help develop western Canada's edge on composite research, development and production.

Several industries have started looking at composite materials mixed with carbon and glass fibre as an alternative to areas where metal has been traditionally used.

"This investment in the Composites Research Network advances important collaborations between researchers and businesses," said John Hepburn, VP Research & International at UBC in a news release. "These partnerships drive innovation by developing and implementing manufacturing solutions faster and more efficiently than would otherwise be possible."

The Composites Research Network plans to build hubs in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to bring experts in the field into the research process.

Check the following UBC news release for more information.

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