A view of part of Sonaca Montreal's facilityClick image to enlarge

Mecaer AmericaClick image to enlarge

Two aerospace parts manufacutring companies are investing a combined $62.4 million in upgrading their operations in Quebec.

 Sonaca Montreal, which was featured in Shop Metalworking Technology Magazine in the April 2016 issue, plans to invest more than $22 million to acquire and modernize equipment for its Mirabel, QC facility.

“In addition to strengthening our position as a fully integrated manufacturer of large aerostructure parts in North America, this major investment project will enable us to expand our product line and procure the latest machining and manufacturing technologies,” says Sylvain Bedard, CEO of Sonaca Montreal.

Sonaca Montréal is a subsidiary of Belgian company Sonaca S.A., which has more than 2,600 employees worldwide. The company specializes in manufacturing wing leading edges, fuselage panels and wing panels for aircraft.

Mecaer America plans to nvest $40.4 million in its Laval facilities to design and manufacture new landing gear for airplanes and helicopters. The company will receive a $5 million loan and a $3 million non-refundable contribution from Investissement Québec.

“The agreement with the Québec government and Investissement Québec confirms that we have chosen the right territory – North America. The world’s largest aerospace market is here, and Mecaer plans to become more and more integrated into it,” says Alberto Ribolla, president of Mecaer Aviation Group.

Mecaer America is a subsidiary of the Italian Mecaer Aviation Group, which employs 600 people worldwide. The announced project could potentially lead to the establishment in Québec of the group’s future global centre for landing gear.

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