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PacifiCan provides $3.1M to Nanaimo’s VMAC to expand manufacturing

July 2, 2024
By Peter Saunders

VMACPhoto courtesy PacifiCan.

‘Green transportation’ manufacturer Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors (VMAC) in Nanaimo, B.C., has received more than $3.1 million from Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan), as the federal government moves to help position British Columbia as a leader in clean technology (cleantech).

Harjit S. Sajjan, the federal minister responsible for PacifiCan, announced the funding on June 27, which is intended to increase VMAC’s production of mobile air compressors to power air brakes and other components heavy-duty commercial electric vehicles (EVs). The technology reportedly reduces fuel consumption and emissions while enhancing operational efficiency.

With the funding through PacifiCan’s business scale-up and productivity program, VMAC plans to expand its manufacturing facility, install new machines, implement a marketing plan and hire new personnel.

“This investment will give VMAC the resources it needs to meet demand for its innovations,” Sajjan said.


“This support allows us to invest in innovative technology and equipment and enhance processes to manufacture clean technology for heavy-duty EVs,” says VMAC’s CEO, Brent Johnston. “As a leader in compressed air innovation, our new business venture is helping the world transition to a zero-emission future with commercial EV air brake compressors.”

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