CTT GROUP BACK STORY
Founded in 1983, the Centre des technologies textiles (former name of CTT Group), is a technology transfer centre set up by the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe at the request of the ministère de l’Éducation du Québec. Initially, it aimed to provide technical services to the textile and paratextile industry focused primarily on conducting standardized tests.
In 1983, Dr. Camille Laurin, then Minister of Education for Quebec, announces the creation of six specialized centres across Quebec, including the Centre spécialisé des textiles. Associated with the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, the specialized centre becomes responsible for offering applied research services (quality control, control of manufacturing processes, development of textile products with new characteristics), technical assistance (analysis and standardized testing services), information and training. Furthermore, to properly fulfill its function of facilitator in the socio-economic environment, the centre forms a consultation and concensus table, bringing together stakeholders from the textile world.
The Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe has been offering training in textiles since 1968. And since it was the only establishment to offer such training in Canada, the Cégep joined forces in 1977 with the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) to offer the textile and paratextile industry a range of technical services mainly focusing on conducting standardized tests. Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe continued this path by creating a Textile Test and Development Service (SEDTEX) in 1979 which will then be integrated into the Specialized Textile Centre.
Furthermore, in 1980, the Quebec Ministry of Industry and Commerce launched Protextile, “Le centre québécois de productivité du textile”, then headed by Pierre Cartier and created at the same time as the six other productivity centers for the textile industry in Quebec. In 1986, Protextile merged with the Specialized Textile Centre to form the Textile Technology Centre (TTC), under the direction of Christine Martel.
In 1987, close collaboration took shape with Polytechnique Montréal and resulted in the formation of the Geosynthetic Analysis Service (SAGEOS). In 1992 and for a few years, the Textile Technology Centre partnered equally with the consulting engineering firm SOLMERS (acquired in 2008 by Genivar, which became WSP in 2014) in order to boost SAGEOS.
Gérard Lombard and Ray-Marc Dumoulin replaced Christine Martel as CEOs of TTC, in 1993 and 1995 respectively. In 2000 and until 2019, Jacek Mlynarek became Chairman and CEO of CTT Group. This new name in fact formalizes the merger of the Textile Technology Centre and SAGEOS. CTT Group becomes the sole shareholder in order to be able to unequivocally serve all players, and for the benefit of this flourishing industry in geotextiles, geomembranes and other manufactured products for the civil engineering, environmental and construction sectors, while clearly continuing to serve the textile industry in its multiple markets.
Thus, over the years, CTT Group’s mission has broadened. The organization today responds to industry needs through a range of diversified services: technical and technological expertise, applied research, process or product development, laboratory analyses, customized training and technology watch.
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