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Canada’s first-ever cyber-physical lab opens in Montreal


Automation Festo Industry 4.0 Quebec

The CP Laboratory will allow participants to observe and understand the effects of Industry 4.0 technologies in a demonstration environment.

The Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ), in partnership with Festo, has announced the opening of Canada’s first cyber-physical (CP) laboratory in the borough of Saint-Laurent, QC.


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This investment will allow manufacturers access the tools and technologies to help them integrate and develop Industry 4.0 projects.

The CP Lab offers a smart factory designed specifically with a learning and research platform. The laboratory has the potential to incorporate new available technologies and represent several domains along the value chain.

“Thanks to our partnership with Festo…we will be able to provide value-added services to companies along with the innovation ecosystem and thereby accelerate the digital transition in the Québec manufacturing sector,” said President and Chief Executive Officer of the CRIQ, Denis Hardy.


Festo Canada supports initiatives to highlight the benefits of Industry 4.0, including developing technology that enables smart and agile manufacturing systems.

“An increasingly productive manufacturing sector is a major contributor to a thriving economy. Investment in Industry 4.0 technologies can make that vision a reality for Québec. We are delighted to be a part of this initiative in Québec through our highly constructive co-operation with our colleagues at CRIQ,” said Roger Hallett, President and Chief Executive Officer of Festo Canada Inc.

Thomas Lichtenberger, CEO of Festo Didactic, Inc. North America believes that Saint-Laurent is ripe with innovation and close collaboration with educational institutions will ensure Canada’s workforce has the proper training and equipment to remain on the forefront of industry advancements.

With nearly 4,700 companies and over 107,000 jobs, the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent boasts great economic diversity, thanks to both its strategic technological clusters and its concentration of prime manufacturers and SME suppliers. The borough, which generates more than 33% of the manufacturing jobs in Montreal, has all the facilities required to host this experimentation centre.


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