Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

December 21, 2010 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Grants $486,068 in Funding to Centre specialise de technologie physique du Quebec Inc.

LA POCATIÈRE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2010) - Acting on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, Bernard Généreux, Member of Parliament for Montmagny–L'Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup, today announced the awarding of $486,068 in non-repayable funding to the Centre spécialisé de technologie physique du Québec Inc. (CSTPQ) for the acquisition of equipment that will help increase the high level of technological capabilities for which the centre is renowned.

"The CSTPQ is a leader in the technological development of small and medium-sized enterprises. Its activities help Quebec companies become more innovative and competitive on various markets," noted Bernard Généreux.

The CSTPQ is a technology transfer centre offering enterprises a variety of product design and development services. The present project involves the centre's purchase of higher-performance equipment to meet the growing need among metallurgical companies for laser and hybrid laser-GMAW welding. Increasing the power of its existing laser source from the current 10 kW to 15 kW will enable the CSTPQ to weld thicker metal pieces. In addition, the acquisition of a new 2 kW laser source will make it possible to work on fine and medium-grade sheet metal, the niche sector of most Bas-Saint-Laurent metallurgy companies.

Laser and hybrid welding technology/GMAW offers many advantages to SMEs in that it significantly reduces manufacturing costs while increasing business productivity. With the support of the CSTPQ, Bas-Saint-Laurent's hundred or so enterprises operating in the metal processing sector, including machine and welding shops, railcar manufacturers and shipyards, have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with this technology with a view to eventually incorporating it into their manufacturing processes.

The CSTPQ is the only technology transfer centre in Canada to possess and provide leading-edge laser welding technology, and its expertise extends throughout Quebec.

The project will necessitate an overall investment of $540,075. Canada Economic Development's contribution comes from its Business and Regional Growth program, an initiative aimed at helping enterprises improve their performance, become more competitive and engage in more innovation.

For more on the Centre spécialisé de technologie physique du Québec Inc., visit www.cstpq.com.

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