LEDUC, ALTA. The government of Canada announced it will put forth $447,480 in funding for Apollo Machine and Welding Ltd. through its recently announced Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) Steel and Aluminum Initiative.
Apollo-Clad Laser Cladding, a division of Apollo Machine and Welding Ltd. will use the funding to purchase, modify and install equipment for large-scale 3D printing.
“Alberta’s steel and aluminum sector is critical to the success of other industries across Alberta, Canada, and globally, including oil and gas, manufacturing, and advanced manufacturing. Our investment in innovative businesses, like Apollo Machine and Welding Ltd., promote productivity and competitiveness, while introducing innovations to drive business and create jobs,” federal natural resources minister Amarjeet Sohi said.
“Our government supports the hard-working steel and aluminum workers and companies that are important to regional economies across Canada. Investments like this one support small- and medium-sized producers and users of steel and aluminum, and will help these businesses innovate to drive productivity, scale up, and expand into new markets to create good middle-class jobs,” federal minister of innovation, science and economic development and minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada Navdeep Bains added.
“As an advanced manufacturing organization in Alberta, Apollo Machine and Welding Ltd. is excited to combine years of laser manufacturing know-how with university and industrial research to make large-scale 3D printing a reality in Alberta. Different from conventional 3D printing, this innovation will allow for large features to be printed on existing parts, while maintaining the quality requirements our customers have come to expect. The capabilities this system will bring to Apollo, will allow us to be competitive internationally in a number of industries,” Apollo Machine & Welding research and development manager Dr. Douglas J. Hamre said.
Investments under REGI are intended to provide support to small and medium-sized steel aluminum and manufacturing sectors to increase competitive through new technologies as well as aid in job creation.