Sorel-Tracy, Quebec -- Corium Urethane Technology opened its new $1.6-million plant in Sorel-Tracy 8 Dec, which will place the operation "in a position to more rapidly expand its production capacity and optimise its performance," said a company statement.
At the ceremony, Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, announced that the innovative start-up has been granted $251 955 in repayable financial assistance. "Automating a portion of its production will enable Corium Urethane Technology to create some 20 jobs in an expanding sector and, by extension, help strengthen the economic fabric of the Regional County Municipality of Pierre-De Saurel," explained Lebel, in Corium's statement.
Corium specialises in custom-moulded polyurethane parts and components. Its clients include makers of recreational vehicle and heavy trucks and of institutional furniture for the healthcare sector.
According to the company announcement, the Sorel-Tracy plant will be the first in North America to use state-of-the-art PU SKIN technology, an innovation resulting from research and development on polyurethane materials that Corium describes as "more versatile than vinyl."
This has been aided by purchase of CSM (composite spray moulding) equipment from Hennecke GmbH, according to a spokesperson from the company speaking at the K2010 event in Duesseldorf recently.
Corium said it will also be the first of its kind capable of meeting the needs of manufacturers engaged in limited production.
A grant of $87 500 via the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) allowed Corium to buy an additional industrial robot.
Lebel noted that the company also received $164 455 to set up its new plant and outfit it with cutting-edge equipment.
PIC: George Magirescu, president of Corium, and Pierre Maheux, executive vice president, taking delivery of their Hennecke equipment.