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Creating innovation together

You can count on the expertise of Investissement Québec - CRIQ engineers to go beyond existing technologies and create new solutions to your problems. CRIQ regularly works with other research centres, technology transfer centres (CCTTs), and universities to come up with solutions requiring complementary expertise or to use shared equipment. CRIQ also puts in place programs and initiatives—including core projects, its research and innovation program, and ACCORD projects—to get partners, businesses, and government working together.

Core projects

Investissement Québec - CRIQ’s core projects reflect clearly defined government priorities, respond to concrete industrial problems, and aim to spur economic activity in the medium and long term. They involve various businesses and partners and generally require special financing. The forestry innovation outlined below is a good example of a core project.

Research and innovation program

Investissement Québec - CRIQ’s research and innovation program is designed to help businesses develop and prosper as it provides financial support to projects with generic applications. Priority is given to technologies and approaches most likely to boost competitiveness and help the environment and society as a whole.

ACCORD projects

Investissement Québec - CRIQcollaborates on ACCORD projects with Québec’s Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations (MEIE). These projects aim to help Québec businesses improve productivity and close the gap on national and international competitors.

Investissement Québec - CRIQ has had a hand in a number of practical R&D projects that have led to substantial productivity gains in the wood, marine science and technology, optoelectronics, and green building industries.

3D printing used to make aircraft engine parts

Whitney Canada turned to Investissement Québec - CRIQ to help produce an aircraft engine part by additive manufacturing.
Pratt & Whitney Canada Cie
Automated chicken-tying machine

The automatic chicken-tying machine designed by Investissement Québec - CRIQ helped Exceldor boost productivity.
Automated processed food and bulk product bagger

Investissement Québec - CRIQ designed an innovative machine to automatically bag cheese while preserving the distinctive product-look customers appreciate.
Fromagerie Saint-Guillaume
BIOSOR, trademark

BIOSOR, a trademark, is a simple, efficient and sturdy solution for the treatment of wastewater and other organic effluents.
Internal research activity
Carbon dioxide biosequestration and energy-repurposing using microalgae

Investissement Québec - CRIQ and INO are both working hard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The two are collaborating to develop a compact hybrid pond, using microalgae to capture and recycle the CO2 contained in gaseous industrial effluents.
Core project
Computer vision and global competitiveness

Investissement Québec - CRIQ developed a “scanner” type of device that has enabled the Preverco company to significantly improve its productivity and consequently, its competitiveness at the global level.
Developing extractables and other added-value forest products

Investissement Québec - CRIQ is coordinating a project to develop extractables and other added-value forest products in Québec.
Core project
Doors and mouldings quickly manufactured using artificial vision

Investissement Québec - CRIQ is coordinating a project to develop extractables and other added-value forest products in Québec.
Menuiserie des Pins
Making better use of wood fibre

An ambitious initiative, comprising a host of projects, seeks to transform the current forest industry business model into one with distinct benefits for all companies in the sector.
Core project
Money-saving load-measurement sensor

A unique sensor developed by Investissement Québec - CRIQ and COREM helps reduce energy consumption during the ore-grinding process.
Plant-based rust treatment for cars

Investissement Québec - CRIQ improves the formula Metropolitan Rustproofing by designing a product based on vegetable oil, biodegradable and therefore harmless to the environment.
Metropolitan Rustproofing
Plastic bags and Tetra Pak recycling

A few years back, the Groupe RCM Yamachiche division decided to tackle an imposing environmental problem: how to recycle plastic bags and multilayer containers used in products like milk and Tetra Pak cartons.
Groupe RCM
Potholes patched with recycled shingles

Investissement Québec - CRIQ found a way to improve road surface quality in Québec by patching a multitude of potholes with a new recycled material. This material is a cold asphalt formulation made from recycled tarred shingles.
Sablière Warwick
Sawmill of the future

Investissement Québec - CRIQ developed an intelligent quality control system to optimize debarking levels while minimizing wood fibre damage.
Resolute Forest Products
Squeezing the goodness out of wild blueberries through anthocyanin production

Investissement Québec - CRIQ is working with Syndicat des producteurs de bleuets du Québec on a tasty project to extract anthocyanins from wild blueberries.
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Tire inflation protection system

Investissement Québec - CRIQ designed a piece of equipment to prevent accidents when inflating large tires.
Raglan Mine
Welding robot with unequalled movement capability

Investissement Québec - CRIQ has the exclusive license to use friction stir welding technology in Canada. It immediately saw the huge potential to boost business productivity and competitiveness.
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Wood fibre quality analyzer

Investissement Québec - CRIQ developed a semi-automated piece of equipment to characterize the mechanical properties of 10,000 to 20,000 core samples of black spruce wood per year.
Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP)