Québec City, May 5, 2016 – The Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) have concluded a partnership agreement that promises joint knowledge-sharing about additive manufacturing and assistance for Québec companies to finance research and development projects.
The partnership will also pave the way for collaborative projects, offer preferred rates for Réseau Québec-3D members to attend CME events and promote the activities of both organizations on their respective additive manufacturing platforms: www.reseauquebec3d.ca and www.canadamakes.ca.
Finally, CRIQ and CME representatives will sit on the Canada Makes Additive Manufacturing Advisory Board and the Réseau Québec-3D coordination committee. Their presence on these committees will allow CRIQ and CME to work together to acquire the resources to help Québec businesses quickly adopt 3D printing.
“This agreement demonstrates CRIQ’s determination to work with the best partners to offer a range of services that will speed up the adoption of additive manufacturing by businesses in the Québec manufacturing sector,” declared CRIQ CEO Denis Hardy.
“Additive manufacturing is a critical part of the industrial revolution that is knocking at our doors right now. The partnership announced today will allow Québec manufacturing firms to take part in joint R&D projects with firms elsewhere in Canada and access a wide array of additive manufacturing training activities,” added Martin Lavoie, executive director of Canada Makes.
The agreement between CRIQ and CME was hailed by the president of Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec (MEQ), Éric Tétrault, who commented that “this partnership reflects the MEQ’s leadership in making innovation the critical issue for the government and businesses of Québec.”
This is the second partnership agreement between CRIQ and its partners to support the deployment of Réseau Québec-3D. The first was signed last year with the Pôle de Recherche et d’Innovation en Matériaux Avancés au Québec (PRIMA), which will be even more involved in coordinating and carrying out Réseau Québec-3D activities.
For over 45 years, the mission of Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) has been to make Québec industry more competitive and boost growth by supporting innovation, productivity and exports, as well as fostering partnerships to improve products and services. With over 200 employees and labs in Québec City and Montréal, CRIQ carries out close to 2,000 projects each year. www.criq.qc.ca.
About Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
MEC helps Canadian businesses solve challenges related to worker qualification, innovation and exports by working with public authorities and governments to find solutions. The organization also offers personalized support, a full calendar of events and executive networking activities. www.cme-mec.ca.