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Aluminium transformation is critical to Quebec's economy; in past years it has represented more than nine percent of the province's total exports. A burgeoning technology cluster in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean is working to design and manufacture value-added aluminium products-and create additional companies and jobs in the area.
Learn more about Saguenay's Aluminium Transformation Cluster (via NRC corporate website).
Video length: 2:03 min
Narrator: Saguenay, Quebec. The heart of the Aluminium Valley. This is where the world's largest aluminium producer RIO Tinto ALCAN casts half of Canada's aluminium products.
Many of the machines and processes used here have been developed locally by small and medium sized suppliers such as STAS Industries. STAS is also working closely with
NRC researchers to develop next generation processes - such as semi-solid aluminium. It's a more efficient way to rapidly die-cast parts for the auto industry.
Pierre Bouchard (President, STAS Industries): This is very important for us and other SMEs. No individual SME, not even a multinational, could afford facilities like they have here with the infrastructure, personnel, equipment, history and network capabilities.
Narrator: This vibrant technology cluster is a partnership between industry, universities and the NRC to move beyond primary aluminium production and export new value-added products. NRC testing of advanced designs for industry include laser welding and friction welding, along with new structures for impact absorption. The designs have wide spread applications for the transport and construction industries.
Luc Roby (General Manager, Aluminium Valley Society): The National Research Council has the capacity to help the small, medium enterprises to increase their degree of innovation and bring on the market a high quality of product.
Narrator: For more information on the Aluminium Transformation Technology Cluster, please visit nrc.gc.ca.
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