Within OCCI, there are four unique research areas that demonstrate excellence, as measured by the connection to student learning, industry partnerships, government investment and the unique facilities and expertise we offer:
The Apparel Innovation Centre, located in Calgary, Alberta, is North America’s apparel research and development facility, dedicated to fostering creative growth in the apparel industry. The AIC supports commercialization of market-driven innovations, significantly increasing the global competitiveness of the North American apparel industry.
Opened in 2015, the Apparel Innovation Centre was established with funding from Western Economic Diversification and is jointly operated by Olds College and Alberta Garment.
The AIC is openly accessible to companies, entrepreneurs, and researchers on a fee-for- service basis. Services include:
Apparel Testing The apparel Innovation Centre conducts world-class testing of apparel and materials. Specifically, the AIC has one of the only full-scale Thermal Comfort Testing Chambers in North America, and it has the only full-scale Hot Fluid and Steam Protection Testing chambers in the world. Some of apparel testing capabilities include:
Product Development From concept to final prototype, the AIC helps entrepreneurs and companies create innovative apparel products. Some of our product development services include:
FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
The AIC has the latest product development tools, from the design room to the production floor, which include 60+ advanced machines.
Contact the Apparel Innovation Centre http://www.apparelinnovation.org/ to understand the AIC’s capabilities and to get a quote.