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Centennial College shares $4 million for research into smart fabrics and advanced manufacturing

TORONTO, April 7, 2022 /CNW/ - Centennial College and its partners have received $4 million in multi-year funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to develop products for the global e-textile market, as well as to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the transportation, food production, energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.

E-textiles integrate digital components such as biometric sensors, minicomputers and electronics into fabrics, giving them new capabilities in data collection, energy transfer and communications. E-textiles can monitor and communicate health data to inform treatment, enabling virtual care outside of hospital settings, which will be invaluable to the elderly and people living with chronic illness or disabilities.

Centennial's Technology Access Centre (WIMTACH) was the lead applicant for this award, partnering with Sheridan College, Humber College and the KITE Institute at the University Health Network. The project team will receive $2 million over two years, pooling the award along with their equipment and expertise to support SMEs in Toronto and across Canada. The colleges are members of the FabrIc-Based REsearch (FIBRE) network, the world's first development/commercialization platform for textile computing technologies led by UHN's KITE, a rehabilitation science leader.

"SMEs have requested support with issues facing the e-textile industry in Canada," says Dr. Purnima Tyagi, Director, WIMTACH. "As strengthening employer relations is a key area of excellence for Centennial, this research collaboration will engage deeply with them to support business goals related to the design and manufacturing of e-textile components."

Centennial shares an additional $2 million in NSERC funding to assist SMEs in the transportation, food production, energy and advanced manufacturing sectors as part of the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI), a consortium of postsecondary institutions, led by Niagara College, that provides innovative solutions to Ontario's manufacturers.

"Emerging from the prolonged economic stress of COVID-19 will be essential for southern Ontario's employers," says Dr. Eric Blaise, Director, Applied Research and Innovation (ARIES) at Centennial. "Through targeted efforts in key sectors that are primed for sustainable growth, SONAMI will provide a critical difference in preparing local businesses and partners for success."

Manufacturing is a major economic driver in southern Ontario. SONAMI leverages the individual capacity and capabilities of its membership to broaden and deepen the resource pool of the whole. Centennial College's focus on transportation, aerospace and automation brings a unique set of capabilities to SONAMI.

SOURCE Centennial College

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