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ew ideas are generated all the time, but taking an idea

and transforming it into a sought-after commercial

product is a challenge which requires concept

validation, prototyping, and product intent design. Many

organisations devote time and resources towards early stage

research and IP development but are not equipped to advance

their technology to deployment readiness, because each one of

the transformative stages requires experience, infrastructure, and

technical knowhow.

Partnering for success and using open innovation to leverage the

ideas, experience, and resources of the best and brightest minds

around the globe is a solution that can bridge these technology

gaps between ideas and the marketplace.

Xerox Research Centre of Canada

The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) is the global materials

research and development centre for Xerox Corporation with a

strong track record of transforming materials ideas from concept to

product reality in a competitive technology environment.

Enabled by a team of world class materials research scientists,

experience in product development and delivery, state-of-the-art

facilities, and a collaborative approach to R&D, XRCC drives

business growth through the commercialisation of breakthrough

materials, technologies and services.

Leveraging our R&D competencies in advanced materials and in

process engineering and our state-of-the-art pilot plant, the Xerox

Research Centre of Canada provides best-in-class R&D in an

open innovation environment. Our group of approximately 100

staff consists of chemists, physicists, materials scientists,

chemical engineers, and a dedicated support team from

machinists to millwrights. XRCC specialises in process engineering

and scale-up, technology transfer, synthesis, formulation, and

characterisation of advanced and nanomaterials. This includes

polymers, particles, composites, dispersions and coatings for

many industries such as additive manufacturing, as well as

electronic materials (conductive inks, semiconducting polymers

and other speciality materials) for printed electronic devices and

smart objects.

XRCC provides these research, development and engineering

services to organisations and companies outside of Xerox who are

looking to commercialise their own innovative advanced materials

technologies. Today, XRCC leverages its established competencies

to help customers develop robust, ready-to-manufacture materials

and processes. XRCC’s commitment to execution excellence and

quality forms the cornerstone of our Client Services Business, and

through this open innovation business model, XRCC continues to

develop new competencies that allow us to deliver real-world

solutions for Xerox and for external clients.

Recipe for success

XRCC is different than other materials-based contract R&D or toll

manufacturing

facilities.We

have the ability to provide full R&D

and engineering services from early concept design to large scale

supply in our chemical pilot plant, or at any point in

between.We

offer advanced materials assistance wherever our clients require it

– whether it’s in the design and synthesis, evaluation of

composition and purity, or the assessment of properties or

performance in

prototypes.We

develop manufacturing-ready

production processes, prepare large scale material quantities,

characterise and ensure quality control, and are able to ship

internationally – all of which constitutes a unique and compelling

offering that our clients appreciate.

We work collaboratively with our clients from project definition all

the way to technology transfer, translating lab-scale research to

manufacturing-ready processes and scaling the technology as our

clients’ businesses grow. Project teams collaborate across

disciplines, resulting in fewer design iterations and reduced cycle

time during evaluation and testing. Although we specialise in the

batch processing typical of specialty chemicals manufacturing, we

The Xerox Research Centre of Canada helps to bring new materials-based

technologies to the marketplace

Commercialising materials

technologies

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Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga, Canada