Montréal additive metal powder supplier expands operations
- April 22, 2019
AP&C Advanced Powders & Coatings is expanding its Greater Montréal operations.
AP&C is a GE Additive company that specializes in the production of metal powders designed for additive manufacturing. The expansion will include an increase in production capacity and the implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies.
The company says it intends to add up to 75 skilled, well paying jobs over five years in connection with the global expansion project. It’s the second phase of AP&C’s expansion plan, which in 2017 inaugurated a new $31 million facility and created more than 100 jobs in the region.
The project involves expanding the company’s Saint-Eustache facilities on Montréal’s North Shore, in addition to acquiring specialized equipment and Industry 4.0 technologies. The project will enable AP&C to increase productivity and improve its technology for producing metal powders designed for 3D printing, a process that is very popular with the aerospace and biomedical industries as it can be used to create complex components such as aircraft engine parts and medical prostheses.
“Our company is experiencing rapid growth and strong increase in demand. That’s why we plan to boost R&D, diversify our portfolio, increase our production capacity and enhance productivity. The government support will help us address critical needs and continue to do what we do here in Québec,” said Alain Dupont, president and CEO of AP&C.
"It is with great pride that we support the establishment of AP&C Advanced Powders & Coatings Research Center in the Laurentians. This project will undoubtedly contribute to the growth of Québec's aerospace and biomedical sectors, for which 3D printing has strategic importance. I am convinced that companies which use this technology will be able to further increase their competitiveness in these key sectors of our economy," said the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon.
Montréal International, Greater Montréal’s economic promotion agency, supported AP&C for its expansion project in 2016 and is doing so again this year. Investissement Québec, which seeks to attract new foreign investment to Québec and to support international subsidiaries when they establish themselves, also welcomed AP&C’s expansion project.
“For the last few years, we have teamed up with AP&C to provide them with the support they need in the pursuit and development of their activities. As an agent of the government, we are proud to have facilitated the funding of this project and thus, to have contributed to creating high value-added jobs in Montréal,” said Pierre Gabriel Côté, president and CEO of Investissement Québec.