Government of Canada Invests in Protective Coating Technology for Aerospace and Defence Markets

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Toronto, Ontario, May 28, 2009—The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced federal support for an innovative small business, Sputtek Inc., that is working to improve the safety and durability of parts used in the aerospace and defence markets.

"This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to supporting small and medium-sized enterprises with big ideas," said Minister Clement. "By investing in Sputtek, we are helping a Canadian company invest in research and pre-competitive development in a global industry."

The Government of Canada will make a repayable investment of $360 285 in Toronto based Sputtek for the research and development (R&D) of advanced protective coating technology. The project, totalling $1.2 million, will help the company develop more cost effective protective coatings with improved anti-wear and anti-corrosion properties.

The aerospace and defence sectors will benefit from the improved performance of coated materials and the potential to use lower-grade or lighter-weight materials without compromising durability.

This project builds on Canada's existing strengths in the advanced materials and coatings sector, while also encouraging collaboration with academic, federal and industry partners, including McMaster University.

"Innovative R&D is the foundation of business success," said Rosen Tovbin, President of Sputtek. "The Government of Canada investment will help us better meet the needs of the aerospace and defence sectors, while establishing our company as a leader in the global materials and coatings market."

"This investment in new and innovative aerospace technology is good news," said Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Erindale. "The aerospace industry creates good high-paying jobs and is vital to our growing knowledge-based economy."

This investment is being made through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI), which supports strategic industrial research and pre-competitive development projects in the aerospace, defence, space and security industries. SADI is managed by the Industrial Technologies Office, a special operating agency of Industry Canada with a mandate to advance leading-edge R&D by Canadian industries.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Pema Lhalungpa
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Industry

Media Relations
Industry Canada


Government of Canada Invests in Protective Coating Technology for Aerospace and Defence Markets

The Government of Canada is making a repayable investment of $360,285 in a $1.2-million research and development (R&D) project being undertaken by Sputtek Inc. (Sputtek) to develop advanced protective coating technology for aerospace and defence markets.

Through this project, Sputtek will design, develop and apply tribological coatings on a wide range of materials to reduce friction and wear, primarily on the surfaces of mechanical components, such as gears and bearings.

Sputtek will develop a new generation of coatings with better adhesion and durability, increased hardness, and reduced cost. It will also improve the efficiency of the chamber used to deposit these coatings on mechanical components.

The new technologies will improve wear and corrosion-resistance, while offering potential environmental benefits by requiring less lubricant and less energy during the coating process. The improvements are also expected to reduce noise pollution.

The aerospace and defence sectors will benefit from the improved performance of transmissions and other systems with moving parts in direct contact. Better protective coatings will also allow these sectors to use lower-grade steels and lighter materials such as aluminium and titanium alloys, reducing costs without compromising durability.

Sputtek will conduct its R&D entirely in Canada, creating and/or maintaining 15 high-quality jobs in Toronto. The company will also pursue partnerships with universities, federal agencies and original equipment manufacturers. Sputtek collaborates with McMaster University to develop coatings for academic and scientific purposes. It is also discussing collaboration with the National Research Council Canada to test and evaluate coating samples.

Sputtek is a privately owned Canadian company that conducts extensive R&D of advanced materials and thin-film coatings for machinery, tooling, and other industrial applications, specializing in advanced vacuum technologies. The company is based on Toronto (Etobicoke), Ontario.

The Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI), launched in April 2007, supports private sector industrial research and pre-competitive development in Canada's aerospace, defence, security and space industries through repayable investments. For more information about SADI, please visit the Industrial Technologies Office website.