$3M in support for Muraflex to accelerate its industry 4.0 transition

From: Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Montréal, May 5, 2021 – The governments of Canada and Quebec are granting a total of $3 million in loans to Muraflex to establish an Industry 4.0 factory and a new production unit. This project, valued at over $8.4 million, will lead to the creation of 75 jobs.

The Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, and the Minister for the Economy, Lucie Lecours, made the announcement today.

The Government of Canada is providing a $1-million repayable contribution through its Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program, while the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI) is granting a $2-million loan through the ESSOR program.

The first component of Muraflex’s project involves installing an Industry 4.0 factory in Montréal to manufacture demountable glass walls. Production capacity for glass doors will thus increase from 400 to 1000 per week. The new equipment will also enable the business to implement better‑performing assembly strategies. The second component of the project aims to establish a unit to produce high-quality glass using advanced automated equipment.

Quotes

“We will always be here to support and invest in our businesses as everyone strives to ensure a strong economic recovery. This is exactly what we are doing by working with Muraflex, a business that generates major spinoffs in its community and that will add 75 jobs to its team thanks to this investment. The federal government will continue to support workers and SMEs and pursue its efforts to equip manufacturing businesses to make it through the crisis and remain competitive. Also by collaborating with the different levels of government, we will come out of this crisis even stronger than before.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

“Quebec SMEs must make the digital shift and innovation priorities in their business plans to better ensure their future success. It is a particularly strategic decision to accelerate the development of Quebec’s manufacturing sector in a period of economic recovery. I congratulate Muraflex’s team on this important growth project!”

Lucie Lecours, Minister for the Economy

“Making the jump to the factory of the future and creating new jobs are signs of growth and performance. Making the 4.0 shift means giving yourself the infrastructure and means to seize opportunities to expand in markets that have become very competitive. I am proud to highlight the fact that Montréal stands out due to the presence of innovative businesses such as Muraflex within its territory.”

Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region

“Thanks to our government’s support, manufacturing businesses such as Muraflex can leverage innovation to stimulate the local economy and create good jobs in their region. I am delighted with the spin-offs that will be generated for my fellow citizens and the Montréal region!”

Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Member of Parliament for Hochelaga and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

“The announcement that 75 jobs will be created through Muraflex’s project is excellent news for the riding of Bourget. Despite the economic situation, several businesses are continuing to push forward with promising projects enabling them to pursue their operations, to the benefit of workers and the community. It is this type of initiative that we want to support.”

Richard Campeau, Member for Bourget

“Our shift to an intelligent factory and the optimization of our technological and robotic tools are a key part of our business strategy, enabling us to participate in the rise of the Industry 4.0 factory. With support from the ESSOR program, our Quebec firm is proud to pursue its growth, help create new jobs and contribute to the economic recovery in the international and local markets.”

Fernando Petreccia, President and CEO of Muraflex

Quick facts

  • Established in 2004, Muraflex designs, manufactures and sells demountable glass partitions, mainly to commercial clients. It has also been offering installation services for three years. Muraflex’s products are LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, confirming that construction is done using techniques aimed at achieving the highest performance in the key areas of human health and the environment.
  • The ESSOR program aims to support investment projects in Quebec with the aim of enhancing competitiveness and productivity, creating jobs and ensuring sustainable development.
  • The Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program targets entrepreneurs leveraging innovation to grow their businesses and enhance their competitiveness, as well as regional economic stakeholders helping to create an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation and growth for all, across all regions.

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