This agreement is part of the business relationship developed by Quebec and the Middle East in the aluminium industry for more than a decade and could contribute to promoting Quebec expertise, notably in research and industrial maintenance services.

“Over the past 10 years, Quebec has developed some very important connections with the industry in the Gulf, notably through the expertise of Quebec engineering consulting firms, as well as manufacturers of machinery and products created here. We already have benefits from economic benefits in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The agreement signed seeks to reinforce that work and expand our exchanges and co-operation,” said Jean Simard, president of the AAC.

The Secretary-General of the GAC, Mahmood Daylami, underlined that this agreement marks a new stage in the fruitful relationship between the Quebec industry and that of the Persian Gulf, on of the most important of its kind. “The expertise and know-how of Quebec in this area is renowned around the world. This will help to further develop our industry in full growth mode and particularly expand the abilities of researchers, including at the post-doctoral level,” he said.

The agreement was signed (see photo) within the framework of the Canadian International Aluminium Conference (CIAC), which was held in Montreal on 2nd – 4th June 2014.

Aluminium International Today was a media partner for the conference and a full review is to follow.