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Lessons from Portugal's improved moldmaking industry

Go back 30 years and many of Canada’s moldmakers and plastics processors probably had at least one or two Portuguese companies as go-to contacts on their rolodexes. With a centuries-old glass making tradition that crossed naturally over...
Aug 15, 2014


A closer look at CPIA Leader of the Year MARK DANIELS

Given such monumental screw-ups as the City of Toronto’s infamous flirtation with a plastic bag ban last year, we Canadians could be forgiven for thinking of these bans as our own unique problem, like snowstorms in May. Far from it....
Jul 10, 2014


Recycling: the decontamination quest

Going green is red hot, and nowhere more so than with plastics recycling.
Jun 19, 2014


Athena Automation keeps on building

Processing machinery maker Athena Automation Ltd. is putting down some deep roots.
Jun 1, 2014


Protoplast is having a very good year

Sometimes the stars and planets align and — through a combination of talent, hard work, timing, and a bit of luck — you wind up having a very good year. Elvis had one in 1956, for example, and so did Wayne Gretzky in 1982. And it...
May 16, 2014


Charged and ready: Engineering resins for electric and hybrid vehicles

As any blackjack player could tell you, doubling down involves a big risk. But it’s one thing to chance it at the local casino for half a day’s pay, quite another when careers, reputations, and hundreds of millions of dollars are on...
Apr 22, 2014


PolyCello's extended family success story

Repeated selection as one Canada’s “Best Managed Companies” doesn’t happen simply by maintaining best business practices. If it did, probably every third firm in the country would get the nod. Instead, it takes more...
Mar 21, 2014


The rise of 3D printing

Sometimes layering can take a long time — as in millions of years. Take rocks. They’re stacked in layers containing fossils, with the oldest fossils at the deepest layers and the most recent near the top. For scientists and...
Feb 20, 2014


Brace yourself for custom, 3D-printed casts

If you’ve ever had a fractured limb, you know how unpleasant a cast can be. They’re bulky and uncomfortable — not to mention a blank canvas for embarrassing sketches by family and friends. But a Toronto start-up is using 3D...
Jan 29, 2014


Soaking up crude oil spills with polymer mesh magnetic nanoparticles

The news moves fast these days, so you can be forgiven for being a little fuzzy about the Deepwater Horizon episode. Here’s a recap: On 20 April 2010, while drilling in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, an explosion on the...
Jan 9, 2014


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