CRIQ Innovation to Help Mexican Tequila Producers

QUÉBEC CITY, June 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - CRIQ has signed an agreement with the Mexican state of Jalisco's Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Technology and the Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA) to implement biofiltration wastewater treatment technology in two locations: a pig farm and a producer of Mexico's world famous Tequila.

BIOTROPTM was developed jointly by CRIQ and IMTA and can be adapted to a wide variety of applications and settings—it is already in use in a Mexican hospital and secondary school. Adopting this promising technology in the agri-food sector is a Jalisco government priority as it will enable businesses to boost productivity while preserving the environment and lowering GHG emissions.

"We are very pleased that the state of Jalisco is joining the partnership we have maintained with the Mexican Institute of Water Technology since 2005," noted CRIQ President and CEO Denis Hardy. "CRIQ is extremely proud to see Quebec-designed technology contributing to economic growth in a region of Mexico known as an innovation leader."

About CRIQ
The mission of CRIQ (Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec) is to make Québec industry more competitive by supporting business innovation. CRIQ provides the information, expertise, and services businesses need to excel in both developing distinctive high value-added products that meet market needs and adopting new technology and know-how to enhance productivity, position themselves in the global economy, and become eco-efficiency leaders.

CRIQ's 220 employees work with sector-based and corporate organizations and foster partnerships to enhance the range of innovation-related services CRIQ offers business. For more information, visit

About IMTA
Located in Jiutepec, Morelos, the Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA) is a public institution with a dual research and teaching vocation and a mandate that includes water management issues and challenges. IMTA adopts novel R&D approaches to protect water resources and help achieve efficient and fair resource distribution and access for all users.

As the sole organization of its kind in Mexico, IMTA has unique facilities and know-how that give it a competitive advantage and add value to the products and services it provides its clients and water users. IMTA employs over 300 highly qualified experts in various water science disciplines.

About the state of Jalisco
Known as "Latin America's Silicon Valley," Jalisco is a state on Mexico's Pacific coast home to some 6.5 million people. Its main industries are manufacturing, IT, and electronics. Agri-food is another major industry, with Tequila production alone accounting for 200,000 direct and indirect jobs.


SOURCE Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec

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