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Article Type: News and views From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 2.
Sonaca NMF Canada recently announced an investment of $17 million to expand its operations and its manufacturing plant in Mirabel.
This initiative is motivated by the positive outlook of the industry and by the upsurge in orders for existing programs from its major customers: Bombardier, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Embraer and Israel Aircraft Industries.
Sonaca NMF Canada manufactures and assembles wing panels as well as structural parts for the aviation industry world wide.
The plant's total size will grow from 130,000 to 215,000f2 and the production capacity will increase between 30 and 50 per cent depending on the sector of activity. This will allow the start-up of new manufacturing programs and will improve the company's overall product offering by allowing for the manufacture and assembly of larger components. It will also enable Sonaca NMF to produce more integrated parts than elementary pieces.
This expansion is done in partnership with Investissement Québec and the Economic Development Agency of Canada who have, respectively, granted loans of $2 and $1 million to the corporation. The remainder of the financing will be obtained from Sonaca NMF's financial partners, notably, Le Fonds de solidarité FTQ and GE Capital.
Through this investment is expected to create 75 new jobs by 2009, and will generate important economic impacts for the greater Montreal area.