Doka expands facility in Varennes to support the construction industry
Less than three years after opening a subsidiary in Varennes, Québec, Doka is expanding its facilities to better serve the regional construction industry. The local yard will reach 11 500 m2 to house a newly built maintenance facility equipped with a new wash box, jib cranes and workstations for the proper reconditioning and cleaning of material.
Doka, an Austria-based leader in providing innovative formwork solutions and services for various construction sites, opened its regional office in 2018 with a team of four people. By the end of 2022, the Varennes installations will employ at least 25 people. The local subsidiary is involved with some 30 projects per year, including major construction sites in Greater Montréal and across the region.
Doka’s management team sees Québec as a strategic market, which led the company to proceed with the construction of a bigger facility to anchor itself in the region.
“Doka Canada is expanding in Varennes to create a large and modern, state of the art facility. Doka will hereby create additional jobs in the region and opportunities for employees to develop and grow in their professional career. This investment will build a strong foundation to support our local customers, the local construction industry and Quebec’s economy,” says Markus Mitterlehner, Managing Director of Doka Canada.
Doka is a world-leading provider of innovative formwork employed on various construction sites as moulds that hold the poured concrete in shape until it hardens and achieves enough strength to support itself. The demand for formwork systems is growing in Québec as local contractors seek innovative methods to speed up the construction process while assuring the highest level of safety to their workers. Doka’s systems also contribute to address the labour workforce shortage in the industry with an automated process.
Innovative tools to improve durability and safety
The Doka solutions offer a vast range of digital services and specialized software to improve the planning, management and performance of formwork on various construction sites, from bridges and tunnels to high-rise towers.
These improvements include durability as Doka’s products can be reused for up to 10 years, decreasing the user’s exposure to the volatility of the cost of materials. Furthermore, the technology used to engineer the structures are easy to interconnect with a device such as a smartphone, making them more user-friendly than regular moulds. Finally, Doka’s certified equipment includes guard rails and protection that meet high standards of safety requirement at every project phase.
“As Greater Montréal’s economy is in full recovery and demand for construction and infrastructure services is strong, Doka’s innovative know-how is a strategic added value to our local ecosystem,” said Stéphane Paquet, President and CEO of Montréal International. “We have been working with Doka for nearly three years and are keen to assist any such companies that support local projects and economic development in the region.”
“Our team is pleased to support Doka’s expansion in Québec,” says Hubert Bolduc, President of Investissement Québec International. “This new investment by the Austrian company will help modernize the construction industry here and abroad. We will continue to promote the advantages of long-term investment in Québec, while supporting subsidiaries of foreign companies so that they can contribute to the development and growth of our strategic economic sectors.”
“Varennes enthusiastically welcomes Doka’s expansion project in the city. This is a major investment that once again contributes to Varennes’s strong economic growth. City council thanks the public and private sector partners involved in this project and congratulates the managers and employees of Doka,” said Martin Damphousse, Mayor of Varennes.
Doka is a world leader in providing innovative formwork, solutions and services in all areas of construction. The company is also a global supplier of well-thought-out scaffolding solutions for a varied spectrum of applications. With more than 160 sales and logistics facilities in over 70 countries, Doka has a high-performing distribution network for advice, customer service and technical support on the spot and ensures that equipment is provided swiftly – no matter how big and complex the project. Doka employs 7 400 people worldwide and is a company of the Umdasch Group, which has stood for reliability, experience and trustworthiness for more than 150 years.