Supporting businesses is one of AVS’s key mandates. Be it through financial support from the Rio Tinto Fund for The Aluminum Valley, or through our advisory and support role, we provide assistance to Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean entrepreneurs at every stage of their projects.®
As part of the Aluminum Development Strategy, the AVS was mandated to accelerate the development of aluminum transformation projects in the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region in an effort to improve the value chain. The development of these projects involves the identification of business opportunities, the attraction of foreign investors and partners and the development of specific projects.®
The AVS supports commercialization efforts of businesses through the Manufacturer-Export project or through the management of AluQc Manufacturing Working Group.®
Set up in 2014, the project aims to support Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean equipment manufacturers in the development of markets in the Middle East through the creation of a consortium.
- Manufacturing Working Group
The AVS supports the AluQuébec Manufacturing Working Group with its expertise, which aims to identify and implement actions to increase the volume of business of equipment manufacturers and specialized suppliers in Quebec.®
Collaboration among the various organizations involved in the aluminum industry is essential to the success of the sector and to effective support for entrepreneurs. The AVS is committed to ensuring networking between organizations through the development of an action plan as well as through its involvement on various committees related to the industry.®
Through its actions, the AVS accomplishes the mission of the ACCORD Cluster of Excellence on the Transformation of Aluminum products, which is to position the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region as one of the world’s main hub in aluminum transformation, by supporting the growth of existing businesses in the region and actively contributing to the establishment of new businesses.®