MONTREAL, July 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - France-based mechanical
engineering firm Avantis and Québec's Drakkar & Associates, a strategic
outsourcing specialist, today announced the creation of Avantis
Industrialisation, a high value-added company for Greater Montréal. The
news was announced by Sam Hamad, Minister of Economic Development,
Innovation and Export Trade during the Farnborough International
Airshow held in London from June 9 to 15.
The two partner companies, which have complementary expertise, plan to
offer cutting-edge complex tooling services to North American firms in
the aerospace, space, defence, energy and autosport sectors. This
project calls for a $6.5 million investment over three years and the
creation of around 30 highly specialized jobs.
"This new Franco-Canadian partnership enables Avantis to grow its
overseas activities and be closer to its most loyal customers already
operating in Canada and the US. For us, this investment in Greater
Montréal reflects not only our willingness and determination to meet
the needs of our clients but also shows a concrete commitment to
perpetuate promising business relationships and develop the group's
activities over the long term," said Christophe Olivari, President and
CEO of Avantis Group. "Complementarity and expertise will be key to our
success, along with a rich and stimulating human adventure," he added.
"Our customers' pressing needs in the aerospace sector, as well as the
high-tech sectors in which we operate, prompted us to set up the
Avantis Industrialisation partnership. This new company brings advanced
technological solutions to the benefit of industrial corporations in
Québec and elsewhere in North America. Through international mobility,
Drakkar & Associates will bring access to qualified employees along
with its knowledge of the field and its management structure,"
explained Denis Deschamps, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Drakkar & Associates and the new President and Chief Executive Officer
of Avantis Industrialisation.
"We are pleased to welcome Avantis Industrialisation to Québec. By
considering Québec for its expansion projects, Avantis Group confirms
the attractiveness of the province's aerospace sector for foreign firms
that are looking to set up operations in North America," said Hamad.
Montréal International (MI), whose mandate includes attracting foreign
investment to Greater Montréal, provided assistance to Avantis Group
and Drakkar & Associates in realizing their joint project. "Avantis
Industrialisation is making a tangible contribution to Greater
Montréal's dynamism as a centre for innovation and high technology, by
bringing in highly specialized expertise and R&D-focused activities,"
said Jacques St-Laurent. "MI will continue to support its development
and growth in the region, in particular by providing strategic advice,
sectorial expertise and a solid knowledge of the business milieu and
government assistance programs," he added.
About Avantis Group (www.avantis-group.com)
A specialist in mechanical engineering, Avantis Group provides technical
expertise to industrial clients' development projects. Founded in 2002,
Avantis now has 300 associates and sales of €24 million. The firm has
expertise on entire product lifecycles and designs, industrializes,
produces, tests and maintains mechanical apparatus developed for its
About Drakkar & Associates (www.drakkar.ca)
Drakkar & Associates is a leading strategic consulting firm that has
been in operation for more than 20 years. Drakkar is a privately-held
company with more than 1,000 employees at its offices in Québec,
Ontario and the US. Through innovative and sustainable solutions, the
company brings synergy and complementarity to operations, including
access to qualified labour. Its integrated services are aimed at
developing partnerships that stimulate economic development,
industrialization and deployment of specialized labour on a local,
national and international scale. Drakkar & Associates is a key player
bringing to bear its structure and HR management model in various
activity sectors to provide its customers with strategic solutions with
an eye to operational efficiency.
About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)
Created in 1996, Montréal International is the result of a
private-public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the
economic development of Greater Montréal and enhance its international
status. Its mandate is to attract foreign investment, international
organizations and qualified foreign workers as well as promoting the
competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal
International—a non-profit organization—is financed by the private
sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the City of Montréal.
Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract $8.7
billion in foreign investment to Greater Montréal. From these
investments, more than 47,000 jobs have been created or maintained. To
date, MI's activities have also allowed almost half of some 65
international organizations to establish themselves in the city and,
attract and retain, more than 7,500 qualified foreign workers. To learn
more, please visit MI Web site at: www.montrealinternational.com.
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