A Manufacturing Sector Oriented More and More Towards Innovation!
With firms working in 19 different industries1 and generating 9,790 jobs, Sherbrooke possesses a dynamic and much diversified manufacturing sector, oriented towards innovation to fuel competitiveness.
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
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.