Ontario manufacturer to use drones between facilities

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
DDC’s Sparrow drone, with a 10-lb capacity will operate between Vision Profile Extrusions’s Vaughan buildings.

TORONTO – Vision Profile Extrusions Limited will deploy drones to move product between its properties in Vaughan, Ontario.

Vision made the deal with Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (DDC) through its sales agent Air Canada Cargo. The services will be provided by DDC for an initial term of twelve months, with additional successive one year terms unless the agreement is ended.

DDC expects to begin providing drone delivery services in the last quarter of 2019, after the necessary infrastructure is built. It will install its DroneSpot takeoff and landing zones as well as additional drone flight infrastructure on the Vision sites.

DDC’s Sparrow cargo drone, with a capacity of up to 10lbs, will be used on defined flight routes between Vision’s properties in Vaughan. The routes have been approved by Transport Canada. Flights will be remotely monitored by DDC from its new commercial operations centre also located in Vaughan, Ontario.

Vision will pay DDC a monthly fee for each drone route. DDC will also showcase its services platform on the Vision sites so that DDC and Air Canada Cargo can promote the drone delivery service.

“We are pleased to see the first green shoots of our plans realized and drive revenue for our shareholders. We have a robust funnel of opportunities and we expect this will be the first of many to come globally,” said Michael Zahra, president and CEO of DDC.