Federal decisions impact upon local economies in Canada
QUÉBEC, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - ABB is partnering with BAE System
and Saab in a competitive bid for the Department of National Defence
(DND) $2 billion Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) program. The Canadian Army
requires high survival medium weight vehicles for future missions. The
bid includes a total of 108 vehicles along with an option for the
purchase of an additional 30 vehicles.
A significant portion of the vehicle will be manufactured in Canada
through the government's Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) program.
IRB policy requires business activity in the Canadian economy equal to
100 per cent of the contract value.
Saab has named ABB Analytical to source, supply and produce an
electro-optic control system. This program will have important impact
on the local economy, creating about 50 jobs for ABB and
sub-contractors located in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario as well
as extend economic value across Canada.
"The Saab model ensures job maintenance for engineering and technical
staff as well as the creation of new jobs. Producing in Canada will
provide stability to the site and will allow ABB Analytical
Measurements to increase its contribution to the local aerospace sector
in the province of Quebec, Canada," confirmed Marc-André Soucy,
director of the Remote Sensing Industry at ABB Analytical Measurements.
In order to be ready for the start of the program, Saab has already
transferred its technology to ABB creating opportunities, for the
Canadian industry into major worldwide procurement programs.
"The $2 billion IRB program requires 100 per cent Canadian content, and
some 50 Canadian Companies from coast to coast are expected to be part
of the BAE Systems team and technology transfer during acquisition and
the In-service Support phase delivers a significant number of high
quality jobs for Canada." declares Mikael Segerman (Lt Col), Sales
Director Canada, BAE Systems Hägglunds.
For ABB and its Canadian partners, this project represents an important
springboard for future expansion of existing capacity as well as
collateral benefits for other markets. As a key industrial partner to
SAAB, ABB long-term benefits arising from expanded capabilities and
introduction to new business areas has a direct impact on its local
Founded in 1973, the ABB Measurement Products facility in Quebec City
employs more than 200 employees. The company designs, manufactures and
markets high-performance spectrometers, and is an optical systems
integrator and a leader in the space and defense markets. The ABB Group
of companies (www.abb.com) operates in some 100 countries and employs approximately 140,000
people. In Canada, ABB employs more than 5,000 people from coast to
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and
solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has
operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops,
adopts and improves new technology to meet customers' changing needs.
SOURCE: ABB Analytical Measurements
For further information:
ABB Analytical - Measurement Products
Marc-Andre Soucy, Director of Remote Sensing Industry
Tel: +1-418-877-2944, ext: 343
Saab Press Centre