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Advanced manufacturing


A Manufacturing Sector Oriented More and More Towards Innovation!

With firms working in 19 different industries1 and generating 9,758 jobs, Sherbrooke possesses a dynamic and much diversified manufacturing sector, oriented towards innovation to fuel competitiveness.

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Sherbrooke has taken the value-added economic road and holds major assets to improve the competitiveness of manufacturing organizations thanks, notably, to an abundant and competent workforce coming from its 2 universities, 4 colleges and 2 professional training centres, to favourable implementation and production costs and to the availability of a network of research resources that can support innovation projects.

In Sherbrooke, the advanced manufacturing industry sector overflow with examples of businesses that have adapted successfully to this industrial transformation, from mass production and/or labour intensive work to product development and high value-added services, targeting niche markets.

To facilitate transition to advanced manufacturing, Sherbrooke manufacturing  industries can take advantage of numerous programs and partnerships oriented towards innovation, namely, Productique Québec (Computer-integrated manufacturing), Défi Innovation Estrie  (Innovation challenge), ADRIQ-RCTi, and the Créativité et innovation? C’est rentable! program (Creativity and innovation? It’s worth it!), and financing programs adapted to their needs.

 

Distribution of businesses and jobs by activity sector – Manufacturing Industries and advanced manufacturing section (2015)2

ACTIVITY SECTORS
BUSINESSES
JOBS

Metal
68
1842

Furniture and related products
32
707

Machines
32
889

Food and beverages
28
701

Other manufacturing activities
26
707

Printing
24
410

Plastic and rubber products
20
1254

Wood products
15
189

Non-metallic mineral products
13
236

Clothing and other textile or leather products
12
178

Transport equipment
9
558

Paper
4
363

Chemical products
4
246

Textiles
3
188

Electrical products
2
121

Private research centre
1
25

Consulting
27
231

Distributors / Wholesalers
36
391

Other services
20
522

TOTAL
376
9,758

 


1 According to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
2 In total, there are 480 businesses and 12,550 jobs in the Sherbrooke manufacturing sector.  These numbers include manufacturing organizations and manufacturing jobs of other key sectors – Life Sciences, Cleantech, Information and Communication Technologies and Micro-nanotechnologies.