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February 11, 2015 12:52 ET

MP Goguen Announces Support for Emerging Technologies at Apex Industries

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - Feb. 11, 2015) - Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced an investment in Apex Industries through the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

Apex's Product Development & Automation Group will receive up to $122,700 in funding this year from NRC-IRAP to support the development of a custom designed electronic logic and motion controller module. It will also support the design finalization and development of a table-top industrial UV lens coater intended for high volume wholesale optical lab applications.

Apex is a diversified Manufacturer, Distributions and Solutions Company that serves and supplies customers worldwide. From its headquarters in Moncton, Apex operates in various business sectors including aerospace and defence, oil and gas, mining, marine and construction.

Quick facts

  • In 2012, MotionFab Ltd. was acquired by Apex and became the Product Development & Automation Group, which offers custom design engineering, prototyping and manufacturing services in a wide range of commercial and industrial markets.
  • With its national network of Industrial Technology Advisors, NRC-IRAP provides support to SMEs in Canada in the development and commercialization of technologies.
  • NRC-IRAP works with industry to bridge technology gaps, helping build a more innovative Canadian economy that reflects today's global realities.
  • In 2012-2013 NRC-IRAP worked with over 11,000 SMEs, with some 8,000 firms benefiting from expert advisory services and about 3,000 firms receiving some form of financial assistance.


"Our government is strongly committed to initiatives that support science, technology and the growth of innovative Canadian firms. Like so many small and medium-sized businesses in New Brunswick, Apex Industries is doing some really innovative work. These businesses are critical to the Canadian economy, and our government will continue to put in place the tools that Canadian businesses need to grow, create jobs and secure long-term prosperity."

Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe

"As outlined in our Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, our Government is making record investments to push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs and prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians. Through an industry driven National Research Council, innovative Canadian businesses are receiving the support needed to compete and win while creating jobs and prosperity in our communities."

Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

"Our ability to grow a thriving product development and automaton business and to find innovative manufacturing methods and products has been significantly accelerated by the ongoing support provided by National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program. In a world that continues to elevate its sophistication around manufacturing methods, research and development efforts and investment in a highly skilled workforce and equipment are paramount to staying competitive, even in traditional manufacturing environments. NRC-IRAP support of these research and development efforts is critical to our success."

Keith Parlee, Chief Operating Officer, Apex Industries

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Backgrounder - Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Additional Links

Apex Industries

MotionFab Ltd.

Business Innovation Access Program

Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program

Youth Employment Program

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