Corning Technology Center Montreal: Saint-Laurent Begins its Transition Toward 4.0 Technology
26 mars 2019
The Corning Technology Centre Montreal (CTCM) was officially inaugurated on Monday, March 25, 2019 in Saint-Laurent in the presence of a number of Saint-Laurent's elected officials. The event brought together some 100 people, including representatives from Corning, Ville de Montréal, Montréal International, the U.S. Consulate, the Institut québécois de l'intelligence artificielle (MILA), Investissement Québec, the Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Saint-Laurent – Mount Royal, Développement économique Saint-Laurent as well as many leaders from the technology industry and professors from Montréal's universities.
This first centre in Canada for the Corning Group is an illustration of the Borough's technological transition towards Industry 4.0. The CTCM will serve as a global IT innovation laboratory and will support emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, cloud computing and data analysis as well as software solutions for wireless optical networks.
"We are very pleased to welcome the Corning Technology Center Montreal to Saint-Laurent. Innovation has always been at the heart of our territory's development. After water, steam, electricity and electronics, Saint-Laurent will once again play its full part in this fourth revolution, these new cutting-edge technologies, known as 4.0. The location of this new centre, a few steps away from the Du Collège metro station, is a perfect example of this. Our territory also offers the best workforce to meet Corning's announced talent searches. The candidates in our multicultural community are very often trilingual, with very specific skills, talents and experience. In short, a perfect workforce to perform on an international playground!"
Alan DeSousa, Mayor of Saint-Laurent
In Saint-Laurent, the CTCM will benefit from an environment that is very favourable to its development. The Borough devotes 70% of its territory to business and already has more than 4,500 businesses here that provide close to 110,000 jobs, the second largest employment pool on the island of Montréal after the city centre. Its 3,000 or so value-added companies accounted for nearly one billion dollars in investments in 2017 alone, representing 11% of Québec's GDP growth.
The Borough is also home to an information and communications technology cluster that includes 288 companies and employs nearly 11,500 people. In partnership with Développement économique Saint-Laurent, the Centre d'expertise industrielle (CEI) de Montréal has been launched as well, precisely aiming to support Greater Montréal's manufacturing companies in their transition to Industry 4.0. The CEI is moreover intended to give entrepreneurs greater access to research infrastructures such as the CTCM. It should also be recalled that the CEI is also expected to integrate the first cyber-physical factory (commonly referred to as the CP Factory).
Corning has been a world pioneer in materials science innovation for more than 165 years, with such historic innovative products as the glass bulb for Thomas Edison's new incandescent lamp, the first low-loss optical fibre, the cornerstone of the Internet, and the tough protective glass found on millions of phones around the world.
The CTCM is being built in partnership with iBwave, a company established in Québec in 2003 and acquired by Corning in 2015. The centre will initially focus on software solutions for telecommunication networks. Over the next three to five years, Corning plans to hire software engineers, development team managers and data analysts at the Montréal centre.