November 5, 2013 News

Magna revenue up 13% to US$8.3 billion in Q3 2013

by Canadian Plastics

Automotive parts maker Magna International reported stronger-than-expected third-quarter results amid strong growth in North American vehicle production and a modest improvement in Europe.

November 4, 2013 Feature


by Canadian Plastics


November 3, 2013 News

$55M automotive, construction biomaterials program launched

by Canadian Plastics

In a bid to cut down on the use of traditional petroleum-based polymers, Canada’s federal government is launching a biomaterials program to accelerate the development of green vehicles and buildings.

October 27, 2013 News

Nylon maker Invista adds compounding capacity in Tennessee

by Canadian Plastics

Nylon 6,6 maker Invista Engineering Polymers has added a new 22,000-ton compounding capacity to it manufacturing site in Chattanooga, Tenn.

October 18, 2013 News

Russia’s Tobolsk-Polymer opens massive polypropylene plant in Siberia

by Canadian Plastics

Production has started at what is said to be one of the world’s biggest polypropylene factories, near Tobolsk in the Tyumen region of Russia, an event that may transform Russia from an importer to exporter…

October 7, 2013 News

Canadian molder Mitchell Plastics expands into Mexico

by Canadian Plastics

Canadian automotive parts molder Mitchell Plastics is expanding into Mexico, with the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Queretaro.

October 2, 2013 News

Automakers report increased Canadian sales for cars, trucks in September

by Canadian Plastics

Consumer demand for cars and light trucks remained strong in September, Canadian automakers say, with most reporting significant year-over-year sales increases.

September 30, 2013 News

Space probe finds plastic ingredient on Saturn’s moon

by Canadian Plastics

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has found propylene, a chemical used to make household plastic containers, on Saturn’s moon Titan, the space agency said.

September 20, 2013 News

Magna opens two new facilities in Mexico

by Canadian Plastics

Automotive parts supplier Magna International Inc. has opened two new auto supply facilities in the Mexican state of Coahuila.

September 17, 2013 News

Chemicals firm Huntsman buying Rockwood businesses for $1.1 billion

by Canadian Plastics

Chemical maker Huntsman Corp. will pay US$1.1 billion in cash to buy two businesses from Rockwood Holdings that it said will make its pigments business more competitive.

September 14, 2013 News

Auto production leads U.S. factory output rise in August

by Canadian Plastics

American factories increased output in August by the most in eight months, helped by a robust month at auto plants – a hopeful sign that manufacturing could help boost economic growth in the second half of the year.

September 8, 2013 News

Canadian auto sales accelerate to record pace in August

by Canadian Plastics

Canadian auto sales hit a record pace in August, jumping 6.5 per cent compared with last year, according to data compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

September 3, 2013 News

Schulman buys Perrite Group to boost its engineered plastics business in Asia

by Canadian Plastics

U.S.-based global supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins A. Schulman Inc. has acquired the Perrite Group, a thermoplastics manufacturing business with operations in Malaysia, the UK and France, for approximately US$52 million.

September 2, 2013 News

Ford moves Fusion sedan production to Michigan, considers more U.S. production

by Canadian Plastics

For the first time, Ford Motor Co. has moved production of its Fusion sedan from Mexico to the U.S.

August 28, 2013 News

Canada’s auto parts production growth to stall in 2013: CBOC

by Canadian Plastics

Following a strong year in 2012, production in Canada’s auto parts manufacturing industry will slow significantly this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Industrial Profile.

August 19, 2013 News

U.S. factory production down in July, reflecting drop in auto output

by Canadian Plastics

Output at factories in the U.S. declined slightly in July, reflecting what analysts say is a drop in auto production.

August 12, 2013 News

Magna looking to partner in emerging markets

by Canadian Plastics

Auto parts maker Magna International Inc. is looking for acquisitions in Asia or Eastern Europe, after facing challenges at its South American operations.

August 11, 2013 News

Chrysler’s Canadian production numbers so-so in July

by Canadian Plastics

Chrysler’s Canadian manufacturing unit produced about 1,000 more cars and trucks last month than it did in July 2012, according to numbers released by the automaker.

August 7, 2013 News

BASF wins vehicle lightweighting award

by Canadian Plastics

A thermoplastic seat pan structure developed by chemical supplier BASF Corporation has won the first Altair Enlighten Award, honoring vehicle lightweighting efforts across the automotive industry.

August 6, 2013 News

GM investing additional $167 million in Tennessee plant for new vehicles

by Canadian Plastics

Auto maker General Motors plans to spend US$350 million to support new vehicle production at its Tennessee assembly plant, an increase of US$167 million more than originally planned.