INO and ABB Bomem Inc. sign a partnership agreement

    QUEBEC CITY, April 15 /CNW Telbec/ - INO (National Optics Institute) and
ABB Bomem Inc. announce the signing of a partnership agreement regarding INO's
infrared microbolometric technology for the aerospace sector.
    Under this agreement, ABB Bomem and INO will combine their respective
expertise and know-how in space instrumentation and infrared microbolometric
sensors in order to develop instruments for future use in space missions.
Among other things, these devices can be integrated into infrared radiometric
imaging systems aboard satellites used to observe earth or explore other
    ABB Bomem specializes in cutting edge remote sensing applications and is
a global standard in space spectrometry. INO and ABB work with some of the
same business partners--including NASA and Canadian and European space
agencies. This agreement will give both companies access to a broader
technological infrastructure which goes beyond each company's existing
technological portfolios, allowing them to extend their activities in the
field of technology and instruments used in space.
    "We are very pleased with the signing of this agreement, which cements
the collaboration between ABB Bomem and INO. This concrete partnership will
contribute to the growth of INO in the fields of bolometric technology and
space technology," stated INO president and CEO Jean-Yves Roy.
    "By combining our respective expertise and know-how, we can expand the
spectrum of our possibilities and offer our clients a wider range of services.
This INO and ABB Bomem partnership places both our companies in a winning
position since it will greatly increase the number of business opportunities,"
added ABB Bomem Inc. vice president and CEO Jean-René Roy.

    About ABB Bomem Inc.

    ABB Bomem Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets high performance
infrared analysis systems as well as spectrometers for the energy, chemistry,
and life sciences sectors as well as for aerospace remote sensing. Based in
Quebec City and employing 220 people, ABB Bomem Inc. is a division of
Swiss-based multinational ABB. ABB Group companies operate in some 100
countries and employ over 120,000 people. In Canada, ABB employs 2,500 people
in 26 locations across the country.

    About INO

    A leading technology designer and developer, INO is the largest center of
optics/photonics expertise in Canada for industrial applications. INO has so
far completed over 4,000 custom R&D contracts for small and large Canadian
businesses in a variety of fields. It has performed 39 technology transfers
that have resulted in the creation of 25 new high tech startups in the
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For further information:

For further information: François Châteauneuf, INO, (418) 657-7006;
Marc-André Soucy, ABB Bomem Inc., (418) 877-2944; Sources: INO (National
Optics Institute); ABB Bomem Inc.

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