Government support for the Centre for mining excellence – Innovation, automation and information technologies : WELCOME NEWS FOR THE QUÉBEC MINING ASSOCIATION
Québec City, May 22, 2018 – The Québec Mining Association (QMA) welcomes the announcement by the Québec government that it will provide financial support to help the organization 48e Nord International set up a centre for mining excellence – Innovation, automation and information technologies. In the view of the QMA, which has supported 48e Nord International's project since it was launched, the centre will give Québec and the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region a unique opportunity to act as laboratories for the use of information technologies and underground communications systems for autonomous mines.
"The mining industry is constantly seeking ways to innovate to meet new challenges. The centre for mining excellence already has everything it needs to succeed. The Abitibi-Témiscamingue region has an outstanding reputation in the mining world and the experience gained over the years provides a solid guarantee, not only because of the excellence of its mining companies, but also because of the extensive network of equipment suppliers and other partners that has earned it a Québec-wide and worldwide reputation," says Josée Méthot, the QMA's president and CEO.
According to the QMA, the relationship that 48e Nord International and its partners have built with educational institutions and research laboratories shows clearly that the mining industry in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region is in a strong position to drive the project forward.
About the Québec Mining Association
The Québec Mining Association (QMA) was founded in 1936 and speaks proactively for mining companies involved in exploration, extraction and processing, mining contractors and junior mining companies, along with suppliers, institutions, non-profit organizations and other mining sector partners. It is proud of the 45,550 jobs and total expenditure of almost $6 billion generated by Québec's mining industry. The QMA’s mission is to promote, support and proactively develop a responsible, committed and innovative mining industry in Québec.