MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin has been selected to help AMD Medicom Inc. establish its first Canadian mask manufacturing facility that will produce N95 and surgical masks that will be primarily used to supply the Canadian market.
The governments of Canada and Quebec have recently named Medicom, headquartered in Montreal, as their choice to secure Canadian production of tens of millions of masks, starting in July. 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, states a release.
The new 60,000-square-foot facility will be located in Montreal and the masks produced will support the needs of local health care professionals. To house the brand new production lines, an existing building has been identified and is being retrofitted to host multiple new machines with an overall capacity of millions of N95 and surgical masks per month, the release indicates. New conveyors, a ventilation system, a compressor, a packaging system and a central palletizer 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, adds the release.
Medicom has medical-grade personal protection equipment production facilities around the world in Asia, Europe and the United States.
“Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our clients from the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, medical device and 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, in the statement. “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.”