This non-repayable contribution will help the college to create the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation (SONAMI).
This non-repayable contribution will help the college to create the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation (SONAMI).

The government of Canada via investment office FedDev Ontario plans to contribute up to US$7.3 million to technology institution Niagara College. This non-repayable contribution will help the college to create the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation (SONAMI), in partnership with Mohawk College, Sheridan College and McMaster University.

Plans are for SONAMI to support manufacturers' research and development needs, including in the field of additive manufacturing. It will also encourage them to adopt and integrate disruptive advanced manufacturing technologies into their operations with the help of the network.

The project is expected to create or maintain 186 jobs, result in 170 new prototypes and up to 85 new products being commercialized.

‘Through our Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies, Sheridan brings a breadth of expertise to SONAMI in the areas of additive manufacturing, sustainable energy systems, robotics and automation,’ said Ron McKerlie, president, Mohawk College. ‘By combining our strengths with our partner educational institutions, SONAMI will deliver compelling value to industry while advancing economic growth in the Golden Horseshoe.’

This story is reprinted from material from FedDev Ontario, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.