New Apparel Research and Development Facility Opens in Calgary
January 28, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta – Western Economic Diversification Canada
Western Canada’s first open-access apparel research and development facility officially opened in Calgary today. This new state-of-the-art facility will provide businesses with services to test, design and manufacture innovative apparel products for the consumer apparel and industrial protective clothing markets.
Western Economic Diversification Canada, through the Western Diversification Program, invested close to $3 million to enable Olds College, in partnership with AGM Wear Ltd. (Alberta Garment), to establish the Apparel Innovation Centre. Through this support, the Centre was able to purchase product testing and prototype development equipment, as well as garment design hardware and software.
The Apparel Innovation Centre, which houses North America’s most advanced apparel research and development equipment and technologies, will provide opportunities for Canadian manufacturers and businesses to seize new opportunities and compete globally.
• The Apparel Innovation Centre houses world-class hot liquid and steam protection testing chambers, which will enable businesses to test personal protective equipment (PPE) for burn resistance.
• The Centre is also home to a thermal comfort testing chamber, equipped with a Newton Thermal Manikin. The chamber is capable of simulating a variety of physiological conditions that replicates the human thermoregulatory system. The comfort and thermal sensation data produced will allow researchers to further study and evaluate the performance of the apparel.
• This Centre complements Old’s College’s Fashion Marketing and Apparel Technology programs and is connected to the Alberta Garment Manufacturing facility in northeast Calgary.