Plastitech, expertise and innovation since 1948
PlastiTech is extremely proud to have innovated and revolutionized North American farming methods.
an innovator ecologist
Louis Charbonneau, founder of PlastiTech, worked in agriculture all his childhood. He studies in market gardening. At the age of 12, he was already starting to work in the agricultural chemicals sector with his father in the company Cyanamid. Nevertheless, concerned with reducing the use of fertilizers and chemicals for the environment, he cultivated an innovative idea: using plastic mulches to protect vegetable crops by meeting yield requirements in a more ecological way. This is how he founded PlastiTech in 1984 and introduced the use of plastics to North American agriculture. He participates in numerous conferences around the world – in particular in France, Holland, England, and California – and continues to build his expertise, which contributes to the success of his company.
«...he cultivates an innovative idea: using plastic mulch to protect vegetable crops...»
«...making it possible to make profitable crops that could not have been done without his contribution.»
With the environment and agriculture at heart and with a constant desire to innovate, PlastiTech is the first Canadian company to have developed horticultural production and borehole conservation techniques with the use of plastic for horticultural production techniques and field crops, as well as maintenance and conservation of fodder for breeders. It designs and implements agricultural techniques and adapts agricultural plastic according to their needs, making it possible to make profitable crops that could not have been achieved without its contribution.
PlastiTech signed products:
Plastic mulch | Agricultural machinery and equipment for installing mulch | Photodegradable films | Mini-tunnels | Floating blankets | Poster of arches | soil striker | Mulch seeders | Wrapping films and round bale wrappers | Drip system | Manufacture of round bale wrappers | Twin tunnels | Peat moss animal litter
Serving North American producers
With strong family roots, the Charbonneaus have worked hand in hand with market gardeners across Canada since the founding of the company. Their close collaboration with the Ministries of Agriculture of Quebec and Canada, as well as the international expertise acquired year after year has enabled them to implement cutting-edge technologies in North America. Whether working with distributors or producers, PlastiTech makes a point of serving and listening to its customers. The main goal of the company is to develop and promote innovative techniques so that North American agriculture, horticulture, and ranching can achieve full yield and surpass international standards.
« PlastiTech makes a point of serving and listening to its customers. »
BEFORE THE FOUNDATION
1966 – 1975
Louis Charbonneau works at Cyanamid, a chemical fertilizer production center.
1976 – 1986
He became a technical advisor and representative at Center Horticole J.-G. It was this position that led him to participate in conferences around the world and to set up projects with various universities as well as the Ministries of Agriculture. from Quebec and Canada.
At the age of 16, he traveled to France at the request of the Government of Canada. He meets professors and academics to study techniques for self-sufficiency in fruits and vegetables in Canada. On his return from Europe, he introduced plasticulture to Quebec. He also bought land and acquired a watering company to protect lawns and trees from insects, in addition to working for his father during the summer.
He graduated from the Institut de Technologie Agroalimentaire de Saint-Hyacinthe with a specialization in Market Gardening. Around the age of 18, he imported masterbatches with the idea of making photodegradable plastic films for horticulture.
He sells the watering company for the protection of lawns and trees.
Louis Charbonneau left his land to focus solely on developing markets in North America, as well as in Europe. He founded PlastiTech and obtained the manufacturing license and manufacturing agent in North America from Esso and Elf Aquitaine, a European oil company. It has the mandate to carry out manufacturing and marketing activities on their behalf. The photodegradable films will be the fruit of their collaboration. Among other things, this technology has enabled Quebec sweet corn production to gain two weeks head start.
From its inception, the company was dedicated to the manufacture of agricultural machinery and equipment necessary to unroll plastic mulch and transplant vegetables.
1984 – 1986
The company manufactures mini-tunnels and floating blankets. These radically change the way the equipment for the facility grows multiple fruits and vegetables and allows them to last longer. A hoop laying machine is developed to support mini-tunnels, in addition to a floor stopper to ensure better adhesion of the plastic film to the floor. Planters are set up to allow the sowing of sweet corn through the mulch.
2005 – 2015
Manufacture of large twin tunnels
PlastiTech is extremely proud to have been able to innovate and revolutionize North American farming methods. Here are its main accomplishments since its foundation:
• Revolution in agricultural and vegetable production methods in Canada and the United States. Introduction of fodder conservation plastics, gradually replacing silos.
• Introduction of floating covers for fruits and vegetables and drip irrigation.
• Developed and put on the market mulches and techniques to make certain crops profitable (watermelon, melon, etc.) that were not advantageous in Quebec before.
• Development of high-density strawberry production on plastic mulch, allowing them to be grown for 6 months instead of 2 weeks.
• Development of artificial windbreaks improving crop performance and yield.
• Development of absorbent bedding (unlike the materials used on the market) in breeding environments.