Feds invest $1.2M in Quebec manufacturers for automation equipment

Wednesday August 14, 2019
Written by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
August 14, 2019 – Five Quebec manufacturers are receiving more than $1.2 million in investments from the federal government to acquire automation equipment aimed to increase productivity.

Two of the companies are in the steel and aluminum sector and are receiving a combined investment of $651,831 from the government's Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) Steel and Aluminum Initiative.

Saint-Léonard-d'Aston–based company Groupe P.N.F., a manufacturer of air filters, will use $475,632 in non-repayable contributions to increase its productivity and production capacity with a new frame production line, a robotic framing line and filter manufacturing machines. The contribution will also allow the company to update its management software and retrofit its plant.

Les Aciers Richelieu Inc., based in Sorel-Tracey, will use $176,199 in non-repayable contributions to purchase a CNC cutting machine and welding machines, and to refurbish its welding and cutting areas.

The other three companies are benefiting from repayable contributions totalling $595,000 from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, also under the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.

Usinage F.R., a shop that manufactures, modifies and assembles equipment parts, will acquire specialized equipment that will enable it to optimize its productivity and production capacity. Its repayable contribution is $300,000 out of a total investment of $842,000 and will cover the digitization of work stations in the factory, as well as the acquisition and installation of a high-precision digitally controlled machining lathe and a ventilation and air conditioning system. The project will create two jobs.

Tourbière Ouellet & fils Inc. will to continue its expansion thanks to the acquisition and installation of state-of-the-art robotization and automation equipment, such as a bagging robot, using repayable contribution of $220,000 out of a total investment of $1,226,200. The company works primarily in manufacturing, packaging and distributing animal bedding that is free of chemical contaminants for use on farms, equestrian centres and mills.

The project aims to improve the business's production capacity and productivity through the addition of robotic and automated equipment, such as a bagging robot with auxiliary equipment.

Laiterie Ora, a dairy processing start-up, will acquire processing equipment using a repayable contribution of $75,000 out of a total investment of $577,750. DEC's contribution will cover the purchase and installation of production equipment, particularly a pasteurization system and a semi-automated bottling machine. The project will lead to the creation of two jobs.

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