NRCan installs $6M rolling mill at Hamilton, Ont., research lab
Mill at NRCan's CanmetMATERIALS lab accessible to industry interested in research and development work on cost-recovery basis
HAMILTON, Ont.—A new pilot scale rolling mill is now in service at a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) facility in Hamilton, Ont.
According to NRCan, the new $5.96-million mill, installed at its CanmetMATERIALS facility in Hamilton, “will offer significant benefits to both the pipeline and automotive manufacturing industries” in Canada.
“With this mill, CanmetMATERIALS can now develop steel alloys in the most comprehensive, efficient and economical way, creating the conditions in the manufacturing sector to provide both jobs and opportunities for the local economy,” the federal department said in a statement.
“Smart alloy design and innovative processing methods are essential to producing the high-quality, low-cost steel and aluminum sheets that improve the fuel efficiency and safety of passenger cars and light-duty trucks. The mill will also help develop high-strength and thick-pipe steel alloys to further enhance Canada’s world-class pipeline safety system.”
The mill is accessible to industry interested in research and development work on a cost-recovery basis.
“Our government is a strong supporter of the Canadian manufacturing sector,” local MP David Sweet said in the NRCan statement. “It is great to see that our investments in this state-of-the-art rolling mill will support the Canadian automotive and pipeline industries and promote opportunities and jobs for the residents of Hamilton.”
Relocated from Ottawa to Hamilton in 2010 in an attempt to better support Canada’s manufacturing sector, the CanmetMATERIALS is the largest research centre in Canada dedicated to metals and materials research.
CanmetMATERIALS also runs a laboratory in Calgary.