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QC: Delmar Chemicals to Invest $45.8M to Increase Pharmaceutical Production

6 Feb, 2018


Delmar Chemicals, a manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients in the LaSalle Borough, will be investing $45.8 million in a project that will increase the production capacity of its LaSalle plant to make it a centre of excellence in the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients. The investment will create 25 jobs and consolidate 29.

To support this project, the Government of Quebec is granting a repayable contribution of $10 million to the company through its ESSOR program. Moreover, the Government of Canada is providing a repayable contribution of $1.5 million through Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED).

Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, Robert Poëti, Minister for Integrity in Public Procurement and for Information Resources and Member for Marguerite-Bourgeoys, and Anju Dhillon, Member of Parliament for Dorval–Lachine–LaSalle, acting on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, made the announcement today.

The project consists in improving the plant’s productivity by expanding the building to make room for the indoor storage of production materials. The project also involves the purchase of specialized equipment in particular for its finishing room to complete the production cycle of active pharmaceutical ingredients in-house. The project will help carry out Delmar Chemicals’ plan to establish a centre of excellence in the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

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“To stand out from the competition and penetrate new markets, businesses have to constantly improve their ways of doing things. Delmar Chemicals is a great example of this desire to innovate through creativity. Our government is therefore very excited to be associated with this major investment project in the life sciences sector.”

Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy

“We are very proud to support the expansion and modernization of this major manufacturer, which has been producing active pharmaceutical ingredients here in LaSalle for nearly 76 years. With this project, the company is consolidating its presence by creating and securing high-quality jobs.”

Robert Poëti, Minister for Integrity in Public Procurement and for Information Resources and Member for Marguerite-Bourgeoys

“This important technology upgrade will help Delmar Chemicals to meet its growth objectives and strengthen its position in the marketplace as the sole manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients in Quebec. This is excellent news for the residents of LaSalle and the Greater Montréal area.”

Anju Dhillon, Member of Parliament for Dorval–Lachine–LaSalle

“By transforming its Montréal plant into a new centre of excellence, Delmar Chemicals is a concrete example of an innovative company that is giving itself the means to achieve its ambitions and position itself among key international players. We are very proud to support this major project, which will help grow the local, regional and national economies.”

David Lametti, Member of Parliament for LaSalle–Émard–Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the growth and competitiveness of innovative enterprises, especially in terms of automation and digitization. That is why we are proud to support Delmar Chemicals, which is helping consolidate the metropolitan life sciences cluster and, by the same token, extending the global influence of the Montréal area. This investment will help the company create 25 knowledge-based jobs and stimulate Canada’s economic growth.”

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick Facts

·         In business since 1941 Delmar Chemicals manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients. The company was acquired in 2011 by Holding F.I.S. (HFIS), a group based in Italy that owns four production units.

·         Between 2011 and 2015, HFIS invested $50 million to support growth for Delmar Chemicals, which now employs 96 people in its LaSalle plant.

·         The ESSOR program (website in French only) supports investment projects in Quebec, by Quebec or international enterprises, to enhance competitiveness and productivity, job creation and sustainable development.

·         The Government of Quebec has set aside $825 million for businesses from Investissement Québec’s own funds and the Fonds du développement économique to support the innovative manufacturing sector (website in French only) across Quebec.

·         The Stratégie québécoise des sciences de la vie 2017-2027 – L’innovation prend vie (website in French only) is committed to attracting $4 billion in private investments in Quebec by 2022 and to make Quebec one of the five leading North American poles in the life sciences sector by 2027.

·         The Government of Canada launched the Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it. The Quebec Economic Development Program is one of the main programs supporting innovation and the diversification of Quebec’s economy.

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