Opening of the Quebec Industrial Show

Opening of the Quebec Industrial Show

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Nearly 44% of manufacturing companies in the Quebec City region are unable to export due to their production capacity, which is limited by the labor shortage.  

Automation is becoming an essential need, according to Denis Beauchemin, director of innovation and digital transformation at Québec International. 

“It is a necessity, if we want to increase our production. It is by generating more automation and mechanization that we will reach the targets.” 

“Companies are following suit in a major way. We have an 11% gain in the realization of digital plans in 2020 compared to 2019. It is still growing from one year to the next at the level of the Capitale-Nationale”, said Mr. Beauchemin.  

Around forty companies annually follow the digital transformation journey of the Center d’expertise industrielle de Québec International.  

Amélie Germain, Marketing Director at Alpha Lazer in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, shows a cutting machine that will be delivered to Illinois after the Show.

This represents investments totaling between $40 and $50 million per year in potential projects. A company can carry out 2, 3 or 4 projects at the same time. 

“By finding the right resources and the right technologies, we manage to accelerate the deployment of projects over a period of 18 to 24 months. . 

“We are making significant gains,” he adds. 

The Show is back

To present new products in the field, the Salon Industriel de Québec is in full swing until October 6 at the ExpoCité Exhibition Centre. Nearly 5,000 visitors are expected. According to Éric Pageau, President of Groupe Pageau and promoter of the event, the Show is aimed at various stakeholders in the industrial and manufacturing sector. It brings together nearly 500 companies under one roof.  

According to the organization Subcontracting Industrial Quebec (STIQ), 15% of companies claim to have relocated certain activities outside Quebec, which translates into a net loss for the Quebec economy. .  

“The brakes on the digital shift are no longer underfunding. It is the lack of time and expertise in the company. The labor shortage is still affecting manufacturers,” says Christian Assouad, manufacturing advisor for the STIQ. 

Alpha Lazer of Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, which manufactures laser cutting machines, sells a lot in Quebec, Canada and the United States. Its order book is full until 2023.  

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