Duravit, a Germany-based manufacturer of porcelain bathroom fittings, has announced plans to invest $90m (€81.92m) to establish the world’s first climate-neutral ceramic production facility in Matane, a town in the Canadian province of Quebec. The project will create 240 jobs, and the facility will manufacture ceramic sanitary ware products such as WCs and washbasins. Operations are scheduled to begin in early 2025.

The project has been supported with a loan of $19m (C$25.51m) by Canada Economic Development’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation programme. In addition, the government of Quebec is granting a loan of $11m through its Essor programme, managed by Investissement Québec as its representative. The plant will be the first Duravit production site active in North America.

Pascale St‑Onge, the minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, said: “The Government of Canada’s investment in this project will not only bring a world-renowned business to Quebec, but also a business that has distinguished itself by its ability to innovate for more than 200 years.

“By focusing on Quebec and its hydroelectricity as a source of clean, renewable energy, Duravit Canada is demonstrating that it is possible for growth and the fight against climate change to go hand in hand. By supporting Duravit Canada, our government is helping a business make the jump into the technologies of the future and make winning choices for our planet.”

Stephan Tahy, the CEO of Duravit, added: “We are very proud to act as forerunners in designing a sustainable sanitary industry and to actively face the challenges posed by climate change. At Duravit, we are thereby establishing new standards to implement innovative solutions in a sector characterised by high energy consumption.”

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