Who Said What About the Announcement of Construction of Northvolt Battery Assembly Plant

"Once again, with Northvolt's new facility, the world is choosing Quebec and Quebec workers. When electric vehicle batteries are made in Quebec, it's a win-win-win -- for workers, for communities, and for the environment. We'll always keep doing our part to make sure global companies and automakers can keep setting up shop in Quebec. Because that's how we continue to build a strong economy with good middle-class jobs and clean air for generations to come."[1] -- Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

"I am very proud to announce the largest private investment in Quebec's recent history: a structuring project by Northvolt with a total value of $7 billion. Quebec is in the process of setting up all the components needed for its battery manufacturing sector, from mining to recycling. We are not simply going to export our natural resources as we did in the past--we are going to process them here. Our vision is beginning to take shape: Quebec has become a world leader for the green economy." -- François Legault, Premier of Quebec

"Today's announcement is more than just a battery cell manufacturing project; it is the culmination of our desire to attract the world's biggest players so that we're not only ready for tomorrow's economy, but we're making Quebec and Canada the green suppliers of choice. Northvolt's decision to pick Quebec to establish their project, amongst more than 70 sites, is a strong vote of confidence in the EV ecosystem we are currently building in Quebec, and all around Canada, and in our skilled workers. It also speaks volumes of our country's competitiveness when it comes to attracting major investments. Our government looks forward to working together with Quebec and Northvolt toward a cleaner, more sustainable and resilient economy." -- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

"Northvolt is the biggest private project in Quebec's history. It will provide an opportunity to process some of our natural resources here, in Quebec, before exporting them with significant added value. This announcement adds the final piece to a strategic industrial sector that will transform Quebec's economy. We can be proud of producing the world's greenest batteries. This is a great day for our economy and for Quebec as a whole." -- Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Energy

"We established Northvolt with a clear vision to pioneer a sustainable model for the battery industry. Today, we begin an exciting new chapter for the company by establishing a foundation for North American operations in Canada from which to deliver solutions to accelerate the decarbonization of society." -- Peter Carlsson, Co-Founder and CEO, Northvolt

"The demand for battery solutions is growing, but so is the need for sustainable manufacturing and circularity within society. With access to clean energy, raw materials and world-class talent, Canada represents a natural base from which to support North American markets with sustainable, market-leading battery solutions. We are tremendously excited to begin exploring opportunities together with customers, suppliers, and local communities to make this a true success." -- Paolo Cerruti, Co-Founder, Northvolt, and CEO, Northvolt North America

"We support the development of a new battery industry cluster in Quebec, and welcome Northvolt to the Quebec manufacturing family. This announcement demonstrates that Quebec's manufacturing sector is an essential ally for the province's economic development, and will play an important role in Quebec's future environmental and energy shift.

That said, the challenges of enabling Quebec's manufacturing sector -- and its 14,000 companies -- to fully play its role in catching up with Ontario's economy are still present, and that's why we're calling on all players to create the right conditions in terms of labor, energy and training to support the growth of all companies." -- Véronique Proulx, President and CEO, Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec

"Today's announcement isn't just the largest private investment in the province's history, it's confirmation of the metropolis' and Quebec's position as one of the most important battery development hubs on the planet. This success is the fruit of exceptional mobilization and collective work, and I would like to pay tribute to Minister Champagne and Minister Fitzgibbon. They have once again demonstrated that their collaboration is a major asset for our economy.

"The arrival of a major new player in this sector of the future is a turning point for the economy of our metropolis and of Quebec. We're consolidating our position as a leader in the battery industry, and the entire ecosystem will benefit as a result. As such, the business community will be vigilant to ensure that all the winning conditions are in place to make this project a success. We must rise to the occasion of this historic economic opportunity." -- Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM).

This article was published in
Volume 54 Number 2 - March 2024

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