"As we were formulating our plans to consolidate our Ontario manufacturing operations in London, we contacted the LEDC to determine how they could assist us. Through their professional, innovative approach, they provided comprehensive research, discretely shared similar experiences from other companies, opened doors for us and provided much welcomed support in our recruiting efforts. LEDC has been a terrific partner in our expansion and we look forward to our ongoing relationship."
Keith Gibbons, Asia Pacific and Chairman, McCormick Canada
London is home to the National Research Council of Canada's Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute. IMTI's goal is to work closely with industrial product manufacturers to become the leader in design and production processes.
SSW is a consulting and research laboratory at Western University, handling all aspects of material surface properties. The laboratory has a long record of timely and comprehensive analyti cal services to industries producing metallic and plastic components. Supporting these services is a facility with advanced surface and microscopic analytical equipment and a staff of fourteen scientists and engineers. Surface Science Western also has sup porting research and programs in corrosion science, thin film deposition and surface analysis. In addition, the laboratory acts as a teaching and research centre for academics interested in surfaces and microscopic areas.
London is home to a comprehensive network of research institutions and support systems that encourage the growth and development of the Renewable Technologies industry in London.
The Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources, ICFAR (pron. I See Far), is a research institute within the Faculty of Engineering at Western University. ICFAR was established in January 2008. In March of 2008, Ontario invested $5 million to support the design, construction and initial start-up operation of ICFAR’s new 20,000-square-foot research centre, located just a few minutes north of the City of London which opened on October 16, 2009.
As its name suggests, the aim of ICFAR is to be a leader in the development of technologies and processes for the production of chemicals and fuels from alternative resources, with an emphasis in green engineering and environmental sustainability, an identified “signature area” of research in Western’s Strategic Research Plan. The goal is to quickly move research from the lab benches to large demonstration projects at ICFAR, paving the way for Ontario bio-fuel and chemical innovations to get to the global marketplace - fast.
In 2008, the Lawson and Robarts research institutes and Western University amalgamated their technology transfer offices into one agency called WorlDiscoveries – the business development arm of London’s research network and bridge between invention and industry. And they have an impressive list of projects in the pipeline of high-potential technologies.
London Hydro Inc. supports the incorporation of embedded generation facilities within the electrical distribution system in the City of London. The process is guided by the latest revision of the Distribution System Code (DSC) issued by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). The Code sets out the minimum obligations that a licensed electricity distributor (such as an LDC) must meet in carrying out its obligations. The latest revision of the Code can be found on the official web site of the OEB under Industry Relations / Rules, Codes, Guidelines and Codes.