Saint-Eustache, October 17, 2016 – Alain Dupont, President and CEO of Advanced Powders & Coatings (AP&C), led the groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new plant in Saint-Eustache, Québec, earlier today.
In attendance for the ceremony were Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister responsible for the Laurentides Region, Linda Lapointe, MP for Rivière-des-Milles-Îles, Benoit Charette, MNA for Deux-Montagnes, and Pierre Charron, Mayor of Saint-Eustache.
AP&C, a subsidiary of Swedish firm Arcam AB that specializes in manufacturing metal powders for industrial sectors such as aerospace, already employs some 85 people in Boisbriand and plans to invest approximately $31 million in this second, more automated facility, which will increase production capacity. AP&C will also create 106 new jobs within the next three years, with more than half of the new hires starting work in 2017.
Strong growth in demand for additive manufacturing
Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, is the process of adding and joining successive layers of metal powders to create complex objects, such as aircraft engine parts and medical implants.
The expansion will enable AP&C to increase capacity to meet growing demand for specialized powders used in additive manufacturing, particularly by major aerospace industry players.
“This investment means that we can provide our existing and future clients with superior quality materials to meet the high manufacturing standards of the aerospace and biomedical industries,” Mr. Dupont said. “With this new powder production facility and advances in atomization technology, AP&C will significantly increase capacity in 2017 and beyond.”
AP&C benefited from the support, advice and financial assistance of Canada Economic Development, Montréal International, Investissement Québec and the Québec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation in moving its expansion project forward.
“Without this involvement from both the federal and provincial governments, our project would never have come to fruition,” Mr. Dupont concluded. “Our points of contact were receptive to our needs, and showed keen knowledge of the issues and challenges facing our industry.”
About AP&C (advancedpowders.com)
AP&C has been in business for over 10 years and has become a world-leading supplier of high-purity titanium powders used for various metal applications, such as additive manufacturing (3D printing), injection moulding, isostatic pressing and coatings. The company mainly serves the biomedical and aerospace industries. Since going into business in 2006, AP&C had been a key supplier of Swedish firm Arcam AB until it was acquired by the latter in 2014.