Quebec aerospace centre to highlight recycling efforts
Nov. 25, 2011, St. Hubert, Que. - A new aerospace research and training centre dedicated to finding ways to recycle materials from old aircraft is now operating in St. Hubert., Que.
Labs at the Centre technologie en aerospatiale, officially opened on Wednesday, will be responsible for the recycling efforts.
The federal and Quebec governments gave $12 million to fund the centre's new research and development program.
Canada's aerospace industry generates annual revenues of $22 billion and employs nearly 80,000 Canadians.
Some of the country's major aerospace industry companies — from pilot simulator maker CAE Inc. to aircraft manufacturer Bombardier are global leaders in their fields.
Industry Minister Christian Paradis said the $3.2 million provided by Ottawa was part of a 2009 infrastructure job-creation program designed to deal with the impact of the 2008-2009 recession.
In a related development, the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal , one of Canada's largest engineering schools, will get a $675,000 federal grant to study the management of aircraft at the end of their life cycle.
As part of this project, the school will use the new research centre's labs to explore and devise procedures for dismantling, parting out and recycling materials from old aircraft.