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Canada opens new apparel R&D facility in Calgary
Jan '16
Western Canada's first open-access apparel research and development facility officially opened in Calgary this week. This new state-of-the-art facility will provide businesses with services to test, design and manufacture innovative apparel products for the consumer apparel and industrial protective clothing markets, according to a Canadian Government press release.

Western Economic Diversification Canada, through the Western Diversification Programme, invested close to $3 million to enable Olds College, in partnership with AGM Wear Ltd. (Alberta Garment), to establish the Apparel Innovation Centre. Through this support, the Centre was able to purchase product testing and prototype development equipment, as well as garment design hardware and software.

"The Apparel Innovation Centre's grand opening will help increase innovation, productivity and competitiveness in Canada's apparel industry. The Government of Canada is proud to support the Centre, as it works with western Canadian apparel companies and entrepreneurs to develop and test new products for the market," said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada.

The Apparel Innovation Centre, which houses North America's most advanced apparel research and development equipment and technologies, will provide opportunities for Canadian manufacturers and businesses to seize new opportunities and compete globally, the release said. (SH)

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