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Schad's Athena Automation hits the stage

Famed writer F. Scott Fitzgerald claimed there are no second acts in American lives. Lucky for him he wasn’t looking north of the border, because up here in Canada, plastics industry pioneer Robert Schad is well into Act 2, Scene 4.
Jul 26, 2013

The man who helped KO TO's plastic bag ban: Talking with CPIA Leader of the Year Gerry Maldoff

Most of us would probably consider being a lawyer as a safe-as-houses route towards economic security. Gerry Maldoff didn’t, and gave up practicing law for a career in plastics.
Jun 18, 2013

After 50 years with one company, a plastics worker looks back

In 1963, Lester Pearson was Canada’s Prime Minister, the Beatles were still in Liverpool, and Branko Muich started working at a new Toronto-based custom extrusion shop called Polyform Ltd.
May 28, 2013

Quebec's Precimold is finding its own way forward

The mid-1960s was a long time ago, and you don’t last from then until now without reinventing yourself along the way.
May 2, 2013

Winnipeg's COLOR AD PACKAGING finds its sweet spot

For any hockey fans working at Winnipeg-based flexible packaging manufacturer Color Ad Packaging Ltd., these are salad days. First, you’ve got the Jets back. Second, Color Ad’s business is booming.
Apr 8, 2013

New report on human resources and Canada's plastics industry identifies problems ahead

Canada's plastics industry suffered employment losses during the Great Recession that cut deeply into leadership, assets, skills, and supporting infrastructure, and there's little indication they'll come back even as the industry enjoys a...
Mar 13, 2013

Deep recess handle puts the pinch grip in a death grip

There’s nothing wrong with rapid innovation – the sudden leap from black and white to color TV 50-odd years ago comes to mind – but most products improve gradually. It’s not particularly sexy but it definitely works.
Feb 4, 2013

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...
Feb 1, 2013

Ontario blow molder gets ERP turbocharge

There’s nothing wrong with writing things down on paper by hand — it’s how Shakespeare and America’s Founding Fathers did it, among others. But let’s face it: it’s no way to run a business in the Internet Age.
Jan 17, 2013

HOT RUNNERS: Gate Crashers

Fact: Valve gating has become the preferred method of gating for precision molders, offering a  more stable injection process without stringing and drooling of the melt. And these are particularly interesting times for valves gates: two...
Nov 13, 2012

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