Canadian Manufacturing

MSB Group invests Industry 4.0 technology in its Boucherville plant

MSB intends to produce certain components such as its custom dish racks using 3D printing and data compiled through artificial intelligence.

June 15, 2021  by CM Staff

The MSB Group, a subsidiary of the French firm SOGECLAIR, which specializes in custom services and products in the business aviation industry, announced an investment of $2.7 million that will hopefully enable it to increase its offering and modernize its operations to meet the post-pandemic needs of the aviation industry. This investment comes with about 15 new jobs and secures 40 existing positions at the company.

MSB intends to improve the productivity of its services and develop a new line of products using manufacturing technologies.

With this investment, MSB is better positioned as a supplier of aircraft interior components for business jets already in service. The company intends to acquire technologies that will enable it to step up the maintenance and upgrading of aircraft that are already in service.

“Business aviation operations appear to be resuming more quickly than global aviation activity, which is leading us to increase our service offering,” says Mario Sévigny, co-founder and Executive Vice-President of the MSB Group. “We are looking to efficiently support customers wishing to upgrade the cabin of their aircraft already in service,” he adds. “Our Boucherville plant is the hub of our North American manufacturing operations, and we are very happy to continue investing in Québec.”

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MSB intends to produce certain components such as its custom dish racks using 3D printing and data compiled through artificial intelligence. In addition to stepping up the production process, this development purports to provide more flexibility to product design.

To support its operations, MSB will be creating 15 mechanical assembler, machinist, methods agent and programmer positions over the next two years.

This expansion was made possible through a $1.5-million loan from the Government of Québec through the ESSOR Program, managed by Investissement Québec, and a repayable contribution of $500,000 from Canada Economic Development for Québec Regions (CED).

The company was assisted in its efforts by Montréal International and Investissement Québec International.

“Aerospace is part of the strategic sectors that our government is relying on for a successful economic recovery in Québec and to maintain our region’s leadership,” states Lucie Lecours, Minister for the Economy. “We are proud to support this MSB Group expansion and upgrading project, which will contribute to reinforcing the supply chain in Québec in the business aviation industry,” she notes.

The MSB Group is a subsidiary of SOGECLAIR, a company based in Toulouse, France, that designs, develops and manufactures industrial products and other solutions for the business aviation industry.