METALTec industrial R&D group


The METALTec industrial R&D group was established in June 2020 with the objective of building a research community that catalyzes innovation in the metal fabrication sector in the digital era.

METALTec mainly focusses on:

  • improving manufacturing processes to increase productivity and agility
  • creating smarter, more complex and functional, and higher value-added products by advancing materials, processes and enabling digital technologies
  • reducing the environmental footprint associated with the manufacture of metal products

The METALTec industrial R&D group is a collaborative initiative that brings together member companies and various partners to share the costs and risks associated with R&D projects while providing access to NRC experts and facilities. METALTec activities are concentrated in the following technological areas:

  • Additive manufacturing for mass customization
  • Advanced mechatronic platforms for incremental manufacturing 
  • Manufacturing technologies for lightweighting applications
  • Surface engineering and coating for Industry 4.0
  • Corrosion and durability assessment in a multi-material context
  • Intelligent tooling
  • Modelling, simulation and optimization of manufacturing processes
  • High-fidelity modelling, simulation and optimization of manufacturing processes
  • Data engineering and analytics applied to manufacturing processes
  • Advanced sensing systems

The National Research Council of Canada is pleased to be at the heart of Canada's efforts to develop innovative products using advanced manufacturing processes and materials.

Discover what else our clients have to say about collaborating with us.

"Rio Tinto is proud to collaborate with the NRC for over 18 years through its industrial research and development initiatives to support the performance of Canadian companies in the manufacturing and commercialization of metal products. These collective efforts have helped secure our leadership position in the development of innovative methods and solutions to meet industry challenges."

Joseph Langlais
Project Manager, Regional Economic Development, Rio Tinto.
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"The Advanced Manufacturing program team made sure they understood our needs and suggested a phased approach that reflects industry best practices. Excellent communication and easy access to experts helped us achieve our goals. The company manufactures approximately 300 refrigerated vans today and plans to double this number by 2021 thanks to the excellent market acceptance of the new technology chosen during this project. Manac, as a Canadian company, is proud to be able to count on the NRC as a centre of expertise that promotes innovation in Canada."

Rodrick Levesque
P.Eng, M.Sc, Director, Product Development Process, Manac

"The NRC's expertise and access to state-of-the-art measurement and characterization equipment have allowed us to increase our level of competence and understanding of the in-service behaviour of aluminium alloys for the automotive sector. The NRC provides us with an additional asset to respond quickly to customer needs and supports our activities to consolidate and develop our markets in this area."

Joseph Langlais
Project Manager, Regional Economic Development (RED), Rio Tinto
Jerome Fourmann
Manager, Technical Services, Rio Tinto

"The NRC has allowed us to validate and understand the effects of corrosion on dissimilar metal assemblies. Concrete results supported by clear explanations allowed us to develop new, lighter and less expensive designs while minimizing the risks raised at the beginning of the project."

David Croteau
P.Eng., Mechanical Product Expert, Prévost
What is METALTec?

METALTec is an industrial research and development group. It offers its member companies the latest developments in the manufacture of metal products for the transport sector. METALTec catalyzes innovation by creating a research community with participants from across the value chain, from raw material suppliers to major vehicle manufacturers.

Its objective: to bring solutions to common industry problems through pre-competitive research projects. The results of these projects will enhance the capabilities of partner companies in the manufacturing, assembly and durability assessment of advanced components and several materials with specially adapted properties.

METALTec now has 23 active industrial members, 7 partners and 7 academic collaborators who share the cost, risks and benefits of pre-competitive research projects estimated at $2.5M per year.

METALTec 2020 projects
  • Service life of aluminium casting inserts by additive manufacture
  • Assessment of the cracking tendency of A365 casting alloy and AA7075 wrought alloy in self-pierce riveting assembly and the effect of die geometry on crack reduction/elimination
  • Variable section aluminium extrusion: experimental approach, development of process modelling tools and material optimization
  • Initiative in sustainable assembly of aluminium components using structural adhesives
  • Multi-axis super-abrasive grinding of workpieces with complex geometries
  • Die-less forming of complex sheet metal parts
  • Optimization of the thermal management of moulds produced by additive manufacturing for aluminium forming processes
  • Aluphobic tooling by laser surface texturing for high-pressure vacuum die casting (HPVDC)
  • Cyber-physical platform for the cobotic finishing of metal parts
  • Corrosion resistance of multi-material assemblies incorporating high-strength aluminium alloys: development of a design support tool and an accelerated laboratory procedure to ensure the structural integrity of assemblies
  • High-productivity laser welding
  • Third round of in-service exposure using samples proposed by METALTec members and the 70 sample types to evaluate resistance to filiform corrosion, and investigation of the degradation mechanism of CFRP under cathodic polarization
Our members
  • AluQuébec
  • Centre québécois de recherche et de développement de l'aluminium (CQRDA)
  • Consortium de recherche et d'innovation en transformation métallique (CRITM)
  • Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation du Québec
  • TRANS-AL Network
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Rio Tinto
  • Aluminium Valley Society
  • AP&C Advanced Powders and Coatings
  • Bombardier Transportation Canada
  • BRP
  • Bühler AG
  • Cosma International of America
  • Dajcor Aluminum
  • Exco Engineering
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Magna Exteriors
  • Manac
  • Metalsa
  • 5N Plus Micro Powders
  • AMT Die Casting
  • Novabus
  • Novelis
  • Polycontrols
  • Precitec
  • Prevost Division Group Volvo Canada
  • Raufoss Automotive Components
  • Rio Tinto
  • Shiloh Industries
  • Trumpf
  • Verbom
  • Aerospace Technology Centre
  • School of Higher Technology
  • École Polytechnique
  • Université Laval
  • McGill University
  • Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Université de Sherbrooke
Why join METALTec?
  • Gain access to unique technologies and confidential R&D results
  • Be part of cutting-edge R&D projects at an affordable cost
  • Make use of skills and expertise that align with your priorities
  • Control, minimize and share the risks associated with new technology development
  • Obtain comprehensive, reliable results you can adapt to your needs
  • Expand your technical capabilities and become more competitive with improved quality, cost and turnaround times
How it works?

All members first sign a standard agreement and pay an annual membership fee that is fully invested in research projects. They get confidential results, a non-exclusive licence on the intellectual property generated and excellent networking opportunities!

R&D activities are developed according to the priorities of METALTec industrial members based on shared problems and common areas of interest. Members analyze and evaluate all proposals submitted to the group so that the most promising projects can be launched within the available research budget.

Projects are defined by members twice a year, and the NRC is responsible for preparing proposals. The NRC may also work to obtain co-funding for the benefit of its members and thus conclude funding agreements with third-party organizations such as Natural Resources Canada, the Metal Transformation Research and Innovation Consortium (CRITM), the Centre québécois de recherche et de développement de l'aluminium (CQRDA), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), through its academic collaborators.

Results are delivered to members on an ongoing basis at biannual technology transfer group meetings and technical sessions held via videoconference. The documents inherent to the projects are uploaded to an online platform which only members can access.

In addition, members actively participate in R&D project steering committees, software user meetings, technical webinars, mini-conferences and promotional presentations on technologies.

Contact us

The METALTec industrial R&D Group is currently open. For more information on how to become a member, please contact:

David Prud'homme, Client Relationship Leader
Telephone: 438-270-9933

Targeted industries

Manufacturers, suppliers and processors of raw materials; equipment manufacturers; companies in the secondary sector; original equipment, components and parts manufacturers operating in the transportation and advanced manufacturing sectors; vehicle manufacturers.

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