An all-Quebec N95 competitor
Vincent Houle, president of MI Integration, exhibits a prototype of the Dorma 99 mask, which will be produced on a large scale in the Sherbrooke plant.
Share October 6, 2020 4:34 p.m. Updated at 6:45 p.m. Share A competitor to the N95 entirely from Quebec
Alain Goupil La Tribune A new mask is about to enter the battle against the coronavirus. A mask entirely designed and manufactured in Quebec, more efficient and more ecological than the well-known N95.
The Dorma 99, designed by Dorma Filtration and doctor René Caissie, will go into production on Friday at the Mi Integration plant in Sherbrooke, with components produced by Sefar, in Saguenay, and eLab Extrusion, in Magog.
MI Integration, which specializes in sealants for the automotive industry, expects to be able to produce 500,000 masks per month by the end of the year.
“And if all goes well, in January, we should be able to increase the rate to a million” masks per month, specifies Vincent Houle, president of MI Integration.
Several hospitals in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada have already placed orders to use the Dorma 99.
The first prototypes leading to the production of the Dorma 99 saw the light of day last May.
At the request of NRC, MI Integration was asked to design different molds and provide the assembly line. Sefar, of Saguenay, was called upon to supply the filters, while eLab Extrusion, of Magog, designed the elastic from a resin that meets medical standards.
MI Integration, which currently employs 160 workers, plans to invest between $ 3 million and $ 4 million in the purchase of new equipment. About twenty jobs will be added in the short term in the factory on Industrial Boulevard, which will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.