Imprimerie Gauvin Ltée of Gatineau, Quebec, has been granted $800,000 in financial assistance in the form of a repayable contribution through Canada Economic Development’s Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP), within the larger framework of the Government of Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan.
Together with the Government of Canada, Imprimerie Gauvin's other partners, namely the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Investissement Québec as well as the City of Gatineau through Investissement et Développement (ID) Gatineau, are funding this project.
"We are delighted with the support from our partners, which is helping us improve our productivity and continue to grow in a traditional market that was disrupted with the arrival of eBooks. The support will help us access local and international markets," said André Gauvin, Chief Executive Officer, Imprimerie Gauvin.
Imprimerie Gauvin is a family company that has been in the printing business in the Gatineau region for 125 years. More specifically, the printing company produces softcover books and is a significant player in short- and medium-book print runs. Imprimerie Gauvin has more than 200 client-publishers of varying sizes across Canada, the United States and Europe.
The financial assistance will go towards the acquisition of equipment and the company's move to a new plant. The funding awarded will be used for the acquisition of software and hardware for on-demand digital printing.
“Thanks to its innovative ideas and an interest in research and development, Imprimerie Gauvin has developed expertise by building on innovation and creating wealth for residents of Gatineau and the region. I sincerely congratulate the company for this great success, yet another example of Canadian ingenuity,” said Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament for Hull–Aylmer.
Earlier in the year, Imprimerie Ste-Julie, a family business founded 42 years ago, received $750,000 in funding through QEDP for the acquisition of a flexographic press to increase its production capacity and productivity.
As well, MIIP was granted $94,700 in financial assistance through QEDP to commercialize its products in the United States and Europe, notably its flagship product, the miipCam, a camera inspection system for the printing and labelling industries.
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