AP&C expands its footprint in Quebec
Advanced Powders & Coatings (AP&C), a subsidiary of Arcam AB and a GE Additive Company, the Canadian leader in the additive industry and the world’s largest producer of titanium powder for additive applications, today officially inaugurated its new cutting-edge facility in Saint-Eustache, Que. The manufacturing plant will welcome 106 new employees by the end of the year, making it one of the largest employers in the region and marking a significant growth for AP&C, which has quadrupled in size over the last two years.
The ceremony unfolded in the presence of Alain Dupont, president and CEO of AP&C, Magnus René, president and CEO of the Arcam Group, Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president and general manager of GE Additive, Per Sjögren, Swedish Ambassador to Canada, Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Linda Lapointe, Member of Parliament for Rivière-des-Milles-Îles, and Pierre Charron, mayor of Saint-Eustache.
AP&C benefitted from the guidance, counsel and financial contribution of Canada Economic Development, Montréal International, Investissement Québec and the Quebec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation. With the additive industry growing exponentially, AP&C is an asset for Quebec in its transition to a renewed and innovative manufacturer.
“The construction of this new plant, as well as the creation of more than 100 jobs, demonstrates that AP&C is at the heart of the economic activity and vitality of the region. In addition, this project is part of the government’s priorities to support entrepreneurship, build on innovative manufacturing and promote exports,” said Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and Francophonie, and Minister responsible for the Laurentides region.
“The metallic powder market is growing very rapidly. As a result, the Saint-Eustache plant will enable AP&C to respond to an increase in demand from its customers, while also positioning the company advantageously in global markets and being even more competitive. This type of project is beneficial not only for the Laurentides region, but for the entire Quebec economy!”, said Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy.
“One year ago, I was here to announce CED Canada’s assistance to AP&C, which allowed them to set up a second plant. Today, I am here again at the official opening to highlight the success of a company based in my riding. Congratulations to Mr. Dupont and his team, who not only provide excellent jobs, but also make our riding of Rivière-des-Mille-Îles innovative through their processes.”, Linda Lapointe, Member of Federal Parliament for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles.
A subsidiary of the Swedish firm Arcam AB, a GE Additive company, AP&C has invested a total of $31 million in this highly automated plant. With a total production capacity of 750 tons, and eventually 1,250 tons at full capacity, the new plant is poised to meet the growing demand in terms of quality and capacity, as well as skilled labour.
“Our new facility represents a new and inspiring phase for Arcam and GE Additive, and a major step for AP&C at a time when we strive to respond to the growing demand for Additive Manufacturing, stated Alain Dupont, president of AP&C, and continued, “We are very pleased that the factory was delivered on time and on budget, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our team who led the development project. We are also especially thankful to our investors and partners without whom this accomplishment could not have been possible.”
“The need for high end titanium powder is driven by the fast growth and adoption of Additive Manufacturing. Arcam, AP&C and GE Additive are determined to serve the industry through cost efficient solutions thus converting traditional manufacturing into Additive Manufacturing. A requisite is to offer highest quality powder for production at competitive cost and sufficient volumes’”, says Magnus René, CEO of Arcam, and continues, “the new production facility is a significant commitment to the business and growth strategies for the future.”
“I can only be enthusiast when seeing such a promising project come to life and to welcome at the heart of an exceptional technology park an innovative company like AP&C. We are convinced that the presence of AP&C in the park, in addition to the creation of about 100 quality jobs, will attract partners, suppliers and companies to create an ecosystem of organizations that interact and prosper together in the Innoparc Albatros,” said Pierre Charron, Mayor of Saint-Eustache.
AP&C, a subsidiary to Arcam AB, a GE Additive company has over the past 10 years developed extensive experience working in the production of metallic powders used in additive manufacturing (3D printing). Aerospace is one of its key markets.