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"the best thing we've done is transform the company by investing in
r&d. we were considering ourselves
as a product company, but you need
to invest in r&d to do that. this is
what we've done and we did it in
three years." - Philippe Dube
ago," Dube explains. "How do we better serve our customers? How do we ensure their product is on time? We're really
focusing on those questions."

Innovative Technology
CCM researches, develops, tests and prototypes its products at its Montreal headquarters. Then, the company has
the products manufactured in Asia, and from there, they are
distributed to retailers in North America and Europe. "The
best thing we've done is transform the company by investing in R&D," Dube says. "We were considering ourselves as a
product company, but you need to invest in R&D to do that.
This is what we've done and we did it in three years.
"We've created a strong team in the various product categories," he continues. "Our industry is a small industry but
with very different products: protective gear, skates, hockey
sticks - it's all different. We have engineers that are very particular to those skills."
One of the main reasons CCM invested so heavily into research and development is to keep up with safety regulations
in the National Hockey League. That mainly comes down to
players' helmets and skates. "We have some technology that
will help with safety," Dube explains.
CCM is also unlocking new technologies for hockey
skates. It begins with a 3-D prototype, starting from the bottom of the foot and going around the ankle to the foot to fit
the skate - as opposed to the former way of making skates,
which was more closely related to shoe-making technology,
Dube notes. "It becomes more challenging to use new technology," he adds. "But we introduced this new skate into the
marketplace on July 22."
CCM may outsource its manufacturing, but the technology it uses is state-of-the-art to create the highest-quality and safest hockey equipment in the industry. "We are
strongly involved in engineering, quality, design, traveling
back and forth from here to Asia," Dube says. "We build relationships, grow with them and in some cases invest in
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