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- Ottawa, Ontario

Research Centre: Automotive and Surface Transportation
Passengers travelling on sleek, high-speed trains around the world may soon find new models lighter and faster due to a surprising new fabric reinforcing their components: flax fibres. Used around the globe in clothing, table linens and stationery, these fibres are three times as strong as cotton and just as strong as—but considerably lighter than—glass, a prominent component in parts used in ground transportation vehicles.