A high tech advanced manufacturing centre that can support 10 to 20 businesses was unveiled Monday in London.

Western opened the Collider Centre for Technology Commercialization, which is in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Project at the new technology park, located off Bradley Avenue in south London.

The aim is the acceleration of the research and development process to get newly-developed products to the world market faster.

The Fraunhoffer Centre performs chemical research on new composite materials used in various industries, including the automotive sector.

Gary Goodyear, minister of state for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, was at the opening.

"We are indeed in a technological revolution and this has had some impact on our manufacturers who tend to be a little bit slower and behind the times. What we need is to accept those technological changes to adopt them, particularly those disruptive technologies to meet the new consumer demand for lighter, faster, stronger materials even," he said.

The technology park is pegged for more expansion, including a partnership between Western and Fanshawe College.