“The Argex R&D Centre will drive ongoing innovation as we continue on the pathway to production,” stated Enrico Di Cesare, Argex’s Vice-President of Technology and Chief Operating Officer, “The close integration of our R&D activities with the development of our industrial scale plant has many operational advantages which we expect will ensure optimal performance at the plant.”
With all of its production and R&D operations merged at a single site, Argex expects to achieve significant cost savings and additionally, benefit from the Quebec government’s tax credit regime for its research and development initiatives. Furthermore, the centralization of these activities is expected to enhance the protection of the Argex intellectual property as well as that of CTL.
As part of the establishment of the R&D centre, Argex will relocate the operation of its current test facility in Mississauga, Ontario to the Valleyfield location where it will serve as a highly effective training tool for the future operators of the industrial-sized plant. As part of the relocation process, Argex intends to increase significantly the stated TiO2 production capacity of the pilot plant, which should translate into both significant cost savings for sample production and expedited production times to better serve Argex’s potential customers and collaboration partners.
“Our R&D Centre will be relied on for continuous improvement as well as to support operations and commissioning of the industrial-sized plant,” said Roy Bonnell, President and CEO of Argex, “Our R&D activities will enable us to focus on the optimization of our production methods in order to meet the highest industry standards as we seek to add value to our TiO2 product through continued innovation in collaboration with partners in the food, cosmetics & pharmaceutical, plastics, and architectural and industrial finishes industries. The establishment of Argex’s own R&D Center at our Valleyfield facility represents an important step forward in the maturity of the Company. We are excited to be at this point in our evolution.”
“We are delighted to welcome the new Argex R&D Centre to Valleyfield, which will foster the creation of quality, high-skilled jobs in our region,” affirmed Denis Lapointe, Mayor of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.