Toronto, Ontario – A new automobile parts research facility will open in Concord, Ontario, as a partnership between Magna Exteriors and Interiors, a division of Magna International, and the National Research Council Canada (NRC). The facility will develop composite technology for the Canadian and global automotive industry.

The technology will be used for next-generation parts that are lighter and more durable, resulting in vehicles that are more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly and affordable.

The facility is named the Magna-NRC Composite Centre of Excellence, situated at the Magna Exteriors and Interiors facility north of Toronto, and is a joint public and private investment.

“Automotive suppliers and original equipment manufacturers that lead the industry in innovation and productivity know that vehicles of the future will need more composite content in order to provide the fuel economy, utility and safety that consumers demand,” said Bob Brownlee, president of Magna Exteriors and Interiors. “The Magna-NRC Composite Centre of Excellence will help reinforce Magna’s position as a supplier of lightweight, cost-effective composite solutions to the global automotive market.”

The centre will be equipped with leading-edge moulding equipment for thermoplastic composites. Such technologies have been identified as the best prospects for reducing the weight of structural car parts.

Joint project work in composites will begin immediately, while the new research facility is expected to be operational in the summer of 2010.

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