26 February 2013
The EADS Technology Licensing initiative continued its tour of Canada’s automotive sector during a second day of visits to industry and academia, outlining opportunities with the company’s patent portfolio and know-how.
Members of the EADS team began their morning at Linamar Corporation in Guelph, Ontario. Linamar is a manufacturer of engineered products with an emphasis on precision machining for engines, transmissions, drivelines and wind turbines.
EADS patented technologies of potential interest for Linamar include composites and metallic solutions in weight reduction applications, along with automated quality assurance.
The EADS team is given a first-hand look at Waterloo University’s laboratory for embedded software in safety-critical systems. Sebastian Fischmeister, WatCAR’s Associate Director – Connectivity and Systems, explains the laboratory’s operations to EADS tour participants (from left to right): Christian Weimer, Peter Westphal, Olaf Heinzinger and Lawrence Stein.
Next on today’s schedule was a visit to the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Ideas were exchanged on possible cooperation in technology licensing product application evaluations, as well as prospects on broader topics – such as studies benefitting from the University’s areas of strengths in metal forming, injection moulding, and software for development for safety-critical systems.
“I am pleased with the positive attitude of all Canadian companies and organizations we have met so far, and their willingness to discuss prospects for cooperation,” said Dr. Peter Westphal, the EADS Senior Manager – Strategy, for Technology Licensing and Intellectual Property.
Joining Westphal on today’s visits were two technical experts from the company’s corporate-level research and technology arm, EADS Innovation Works: Olaf Heinzinger, Senior Manager of Intelligent Systems in Sensors for the organization’s Technical Capability Centre 4 (TCC 4 – Intelligent Systems, Sensors, Electronic and Systems Integration); and Dr. Christian Weimer, Head of Operations for EADS Innovation Works’ Technical Capability Centre 1 (TCC 1 – Composites Technologies).
Accompanying Westphal, Heinzinger and Weimer was Lawrence Stein, the Senior Manager of Technical Marketing for EADS’ Corporate Technical Office (CTO), which oversees EADS Innovation Works and the company’s technology licensing initiative.
The EADS Canadian tour now moves to Windsor, Ontario in the southwest area of Canada’s “automotive corridor,” just across the border from Detroit. During two days in Windsor, the EADS delegation will participate in a workshop entitled: “Bridging the Automotive Innovation Gap,” followed by the regional conference of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA).
EADS’ visits to the Canadian automotive “corridor” are being arranged with support of the Canadian embassy and consulate in Germany, and assisted by the APMA. Joining EADS attendees on the tour are representatives from the German Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO.
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