Western Research Park

Fraunhofer Project Centre

Location: 2520 Advanced Ave., London ON, N6M 0E1

The Fraunhofer Project Centre is North America’s first full-sized production environment for the development, testing, and validation of lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing processes, in partnership with Germany's Fraunhofer Society, Europe's largest applied research organization. The ability to develop materials with specific desirable properties, particularly those that are light-weight or have low life-cycle impact is highly valuable to manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, or renewable energy, among other industries. The primary focus of research at the Fraunhofer Project Centre will therefore be fibre composites for lightweight construction in various markets. Material and process research will be carried out in processing technologies such as Direct – Sheet Moulding Compounds (D-SMC), Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics (LFT) and High Pressure Resin Transfer Moulding (HP RTM).