Medicom to build surgical mask manufacturing facility in Canada

SNC-Lavalin has been selected by AMD Medicom Inc. (Medicom) to support the establishment’s first Canadian mask manufacturing facility that will produce N95 and surgical masks.

The governments of Canada and Québec have recently named Medicom as their choice to secure Canadian production of tens of million masks, starting in July.

“Medicom has been a trusted name in personal protective equipment for over three decades,” said Guillaume Laverdure, Medicom President and Global Chief Operating Officer. “We are happy to have reached an agreement to be a long-term supplier for N95-type and surgical face masks along with investment in local production. Diversified supply has been a long-term strategy for us at Medicom and we are happy to be adding a Canadian facility to help supply products that will help protect Canadian healthcare professionals and patients,” he continued.

Headquartered in Montreal, Medicom’s new 60,000-square-foot facility will be located in the city and the masks produced will be primarily used to supply the Canadian market.

To house the brand new production lines, an existing building has been identified and is being retrofitted to host multiple new machines with overall capacity of millions of N95 and surgical masks per month. New conveyors, a ventilation system, a compressor, a packaging system and a central palletiser will also be installed.

One of the main challenges is the very tight timeline, and more specifically the preparation of the existing site to properly host multiple new mask manufacturing lines. The SNC-Lavalin Industrial Solutions team, being mobilized to this project, is helping Medicom expedite the installation of the new equipment for early market supply and long-term operational productivity.

“Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our clients from the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, medical device & protection equipment industries never had such challenges. They are required to adapt quickly to the public health emergency needs, which aim to save lives and win against the pandemic,” said Normand Dubuc, Vice President, General Manager, Industrial Solutions at SNC-Lavalin. “Our specialized resources in the manufacturing sector, and more specifically in the pharmaceutical and agri-food sectors, can be mobilized rapidly with flexibility, agility and precision, in order to meet the quick turnaround and demanding implementation requirements.”

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