MONTREAL, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 500 B2B meetings are
scheduled today between 23 high-profile prime manufacturers and 120
Québec-based SMEs at the seventh edition of the Buyer/Supplier Day, organized by STIQ.
The meetings will follow a meticulously planned "business speed dating"
format. STIQ pays careful attention to matching expertise provided by
the SMEs with the concrete supply requirements expressed by the prime
manufacturers. This attention to detail means that each company attends
relevant meetings, and those precious few minutes are optimized.
"OEMs are facing fierce international competition and they're looking to
reduce the numbers of their suppliers," explains Normand Voyer,
Executive Vice-President, STIQ. "It is therefore essential for Québec
SMEs to position themselves within major players' supply chains without
delay. Otherwise, a great many contracts traditionally awarded to
Québec-based subcontractors could be transferred to foreign companies
that are more proactive. With this event, we want to give local
suppliers the opportunity to present their expertise directly to buyers
of these corporations, which are true economic forces."
Leveraging its contacts network in the manufacturing sector and its
extensive knowledge of Québec's industrial capacity, STIQ will be
hosting, for the seventh year in a row, prime manufacturers active in
prominent industry segments, at various points along international
BAE Systems Hägglunds AB
Esterline CMC Électronique
L-3 Communication MAS Canada
LATECOERE Services Canada
The Boeing Company
Groupe Cambli Inc.
Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Natural resources / Various manufacturing activities
Advanced Dynamics Corporation Ltd
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In conjunction with the scheduled B2B meetings, three conferences will
be presented, on the theme Innovation: The Key to Supply Chain Optimization in Québec.
Leading off, the National Research Council - Industrial Research
Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) will profile its initiative aimed at
improving manufacturing SMEs' competitiveness through digital
technology. Tecnickrome Aéronautique, a company that benefits from this
program, will be on hand to testify to the tangible impact of new
technologies on its development.
Representatives of Mecachrome Canada and Groupe Meloche, will then give
a talk on the two companies' recent partnership, which aims to address
growing worldwide demand in the aerospace industry.
Lastly, STIQ will welcome Pascal Aguettaz, Vice-President, Corporate
Services, with Cascades, as its keynote speaker for a luncheon
STIQ is an association of Québec-based manufacturing enterprises. Its
mission is to improve supply-chain efficiency by helping suppliers to
develop, diversify their customer base and identify business
opportunities with buyers. It offers suppliers professional and
technical research, evaluation and assistance services and organizes
numerous networking and training events.