May 23, 2005

TPC to invest $30M to advance heavy-duty truck emission controls, production technologies

Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) plans to invest $30 million over several years in a $270-million project in which the Ontario government and International Truck and Engine Corporation Canada will work to promote both advanced manufacturing and environmental technologies in the production of premium conventional heavy-duty trucks. TPC will be seeking Treasury Board approval for the implementation of this initiative.

International Truck and Engine, in Chatham, is an operating company of Navistar International, producing commercial trucks and mid-range diesel engines. In an effort to increase efficiency and environmental benefits, the company will evaluate and develop innovative technologies to facilitate integration and assembly in the manufacture of premium conventional heavy-duty trucks, which are generally class 8, long-haul highway vehicles. It will also conduct research and development on new diesel emission control technology, develop advanced new paint processes, explore advanced manufacturing concepts, and develop new manufacturing tools and processes.

International Truck and Engine will develop automated installation systems for cab trim, and enhanced laser technology and vision systems to ensure precise positioning of the cab during the assembly process. This will result in more efficient assembly of components, increased reliability, improved ergonomics and higher productivity.

The project will also develop and integrate higher levels of information technology into the production environment. Radio frequency monitors in trucks on the production line will provide real-time status reports, improve monitoring of components and sub-systems as they are installed, and ensure the proper matching of components.

TPC works in partnership with innovative companies across Canada, sharing the cost of private-sector technology projects in environmental technologies as well as other sectors such as aerospace and defence, and in enabling technologies such as information and communications technologies, biotechnology, and advanced manufacturing.

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