The CDCQ and RICQ brought together 150 industry key players to discuss sustainable development.
St. Jerome, October 29, 2015 – On October 20, the Quebec Composites Development Centre (CDCQ) and the Regroupement des Industries des Composites du Québec (RICQ) held their traditional biennial symposium at the Centrexpo Cogeco, in Drummondville. The event attracted over 150 participants from industrial communities, economic, scientific, academic and students. Under the theme “Composites looking at the future,” a dozen workshops were presented by industry experts and leaders who wanted to share their sustainable development approach.
For the first time in its history, the symposium opened with an opening session led by three representatives of the Ministry of Environment (Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques – MDDELCC), which presented the most recent developments from their respective divisions.
During the conferences, participants had the opportunity to get the most recent and advanced information on topics such as impacts of composite materials on the life cycle assessments of vehicles, recycling of thermoset composites residues, the re-use and recycling of polyester-fiberglass composites in the compression molding process, the latest advances of carbon fiber reinforcement recycling, as well as the benefits of graphene in composites.
These various conference topics were selected to address concerns and challenges faced by the actors shaping the industry, within the aerospace, transportation, automotive, civil and industrial construction sectors, as well as sports and recreational sectors.
As a piece of resistance, the participants had the priviledge in the exhibition, to watch live demonstrations of composites manufacturing, a first in Canada! These parts were done in the booth shared by MVP Canada & Busch Vacuum Technics Inc., with the collaboration of Polynt Composites Canada. Participants were able to discuss a new Light RTM proces using a silicone bag and a mold, a process with very little emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Finally, the day ended with the Award ceremony where a person that is firmly committed to the continuous improvement of composite industry is recognized. This year, the honor was awarded to Serge Côté, a proactive member in the industry who has 25 years of experience and is now the Health and Safety Manager at Polynt Composites. The latter was surprised and touched by this recognition by his peers: “I want to thank the Selection Committee for having chosen my candidacy and for granting me this recognition. It is a great honor to have been chosen by the composites industry stakeholders for whom I have great admiration. It would be impossible to contribute to the advancement of improvement projects within the RICQ, without the commitment of Polynt Composites, a company that shares the same values and goals, in order to improve safety people and their environment. ”
The conference organizers, Ms Janic Lauzon, Director of CDCQ and Mr. Luc Joyal, president of RICQ were proud of the success of the event. They said with one voice: “The Quebec composites industry is 115 innovative companies growing constantly with the evolution of these materials. Because of the openness, willingness and participation of all, the conference is a real vector for new collaborations. Moreover, every year, the event presents a unique opportunity to increase productivity and competitiveness due to the sharing of best practices and latest trends in our industry. ”
Composites Development Centre of Quebec (CDCQ)
The CDCQ is a College Centre for Technology Transfer (CCTT) recognized by the Quebec government and affiliated to Cégep de Saint-Jérôme. Together they provide services to the industry and have been training composite technicians since 1986. Cégep de Saint-Jérôme was the first college to offer the technical program in Composite Materials, in Canada.
Cégep de Saint-Jérôme
Founded in 1970, Cégep de Saint-Jérôme offers 21 academic programs across three campuses. The College employs approximately 600 employees. It welcomes over 5,000 students in the regular sector, Continuing Education and Business Services.
Source: Audrey Rondeau
Communications and Promotion
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