Lauak Canada receives funding to help build aerospace centre of excellence
Lauak Canada, which is a subsidiary of parent company Group Lauak based in France, announced plans to invest in its Mirabel, Quebec, factory. The Government of Canada is providing $3 million in financial support – a repayable contribution granted under CED’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program – to enable the business to acquire equipment for what describes as a centre of excellence, which is to include a research office responsible for developing products and processes.
Lauak Canada specializes in manufacturing tubes to transport fuel, water, air and liquids feeding various airplane systems.
“We are working with SMEs and their employees to create wealth here in Canada,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CED, which provided the support. “By helping businesses to equip themselves, we are enabling them to grow and be competitive so they can create good-quality jobs. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s financial support, Lauak Canada can establish its centre of excellence, which will help to strengthen the Greater Montréal aerospace cluster.”
Several dozen jobs are expected to be created in Mirabel as the centre of excellence is established. To complete its project, Lauak Canada plans to expand its factory and acquire what it describes as Industry 4.0 digital equipment, focusing on increasing its presence in North America. More than 20 jobs have already been created, according to Lauak, since the factory was acquired in September 2018.
“Our establishment in Canada represents a major step in our group’s development,” said Mikel Charritton, co-manager of Lauak Group. “After 18 months in Mirabel, we are particularly satisfied with our choice. The staff are motivated and competent, the work environment is very favourable and the regional and federal institutions have supported us since Day One. Quebec is an ideal anchor point to conquer new markets and develop our activity in North America.”