Media Advisory - Automotive Research to Become More Global

    WINDSOR, ON, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Join members of the AUTO21 Network of
Centres of Excellence, the University of Windsor and RTIM Raufoss of Norway as
AUTO21 and RTIM Raufoss sign a new agreement to enhance automotive research
collaboration for Canadian and Norwegian researchers.

      WHAT:   Signing of the official Memorandum of Understanding between
              AUTO21 and RTIM Raufoss, Norway.

      WHEN:   September 5, 2008
              10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

      WHERE:  Project Area, Centre for Automotive Research and Education
              (South entrance)
              754 California Avenue, University of Windsor

    Speakers to include:

      -  Dr. Alan Wildeman, President, University of Windsor
      -  Dr. Peter Frise, Scientific Director and CEO, AUTO21
      -  Dr. Odd Myklebust, Research Director, SINTEF, Norway
      -  Dr. Jerry Sokolowksi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
         University of Windsor

    AUTO21 currently supports more than 300 researchers working on 54
auto-related research and development projects at 43 Canadian universities and
institutions. An annual $11 million budget of public and private sector
funding supports research in six areas: health, safety and injury prevention;
societal issues; materials and manufacturing; design processes; powertrains,
fuels and emissions; and intelligent systems and sensors. AUTO21 is part of
the federal Network of Centres of Excellence program, and its administrative
centre is hosted by the University of Windsor.

    Raufoss Technology and Industrial Management (RTIM) is a Norwegian
technology organization with core competence in automated manufacturing,
technology management, value chain management and material technology. As a
subsidiary (50.1%) of the SINTEF Research Group, a public, scientific and
technology research organization, RTIM oversees the management of the
Norwegian Centre of Expertise in automotive light materials research and
automated production (NCE Raufoss). Its core strength is to leverage
collaboration with academia, business and industry and to transfer theory into
practical and cutting edge solutions. SINTEF is largest independent research
organization in Scandinavian and the fourth largest European research

For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Campeau, Communications Manager,
AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext. 4129, Cell:
(519) 890-6830; Sverre Narvesen, CEO, RTIM, Tel: + 47 91 54 01 22, Email:

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