Canadian Plastics


November 19, 2019  

Canadian manufacturing sales down slightly in September, StatsCan says

Sales in the machinery industry increased 5.5 per cent to $3.7 billion, however, which was the largest monthly increase since May 2018.

November 12, 2019  

Ontario auto parts molder Axiom Group building first U.S. plant

The facility, which represents an investment of approximately $20 million, will open at Overland Industrial Park in Toldeo, Ohio, by 2020.

November 12, 2019  

Magna wins largest contract for transmission technologies in company history

The multi-year contract calls for Magna to build dual-clutch transmissions, including hybrid variants, for strategic partner BMW Group.

November 12, 2019  

Canadian auto sales fell back “modestly” in October, report says

U.S. auto sales also posted a decline in October, according to a new report from Scotiabank.

November 11, 2019  

Material supplier MOL acquires compounder Aurora Group

Aurora has production plants located nearby automotive manufacturing and plastics conversion clusters in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

November 7, 2019  

General Motors quitting Plastics Industry Association

According to Greenpeace, GM told the environmental group that it has allowed its membership with the U.S.-based plastics association to lapse.

November 6, 2019  

North America automotive tooling spend to drop to US$6.8 billion, report says

The key factor driving this reducing tooling spend is the decreased number of North American vehicles that will be sourced for production in 2020, the report from Harbour Results says.

November 1, 2019  

TPE maker United Soft Plastics opens Texas manufacturing plant

The company’s new Houston facility is nearly 20,000 square feet and has 10 million lbs production capacity.

October 30, 2019  

Schaefer Systems to sell Woodbridge foam packaging in North America

The agreement allows Charlotte, N.C.-based Schaefer to provide design, manufacturing, and distribution support to large industrial manufacturing customers with emphases within the automotive industry.

September 27, 2019  

Canadian auto sales posted “modest” uptick in August, Scotiabank says

The sales increase ended a record seventeenth month of year-over-year declines in auto sales in Canada, a new report from the bank says.

September 10, 2019  

Teijin opens new resin compound plant, technical centre in Thailand

The plant will help Tokyo-based Teijin meet the demand for compound resin products for the automotive and communication sectors in Asia.

September 5, 2019  

Canadian auto sales posted modest increase in August, report says

U.S. auto sales also grew at a robust rate in August, according to the latest Auto News Flash from Scotiabank.

August 23, 2019  

Ontario auto parts maker Global Plas expands, adds machines and automation

With $2.5 million in funding assistance from FedDev Ontario, the Concord-based company will scale up operations and create 50 new jobs.

August 21, 2019  

Ford global director Michael J. Whitens wins SPE Lifetime Achievement Award

A retired automotive industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Whitens spent the majority of his career at Ford in various body engineering disciplines.

August 14, 2019  

Magna opens new Michigan electronics facility

The new $50 million, 230,000-square-foot plant in Grand Blanc Township is designed to help Magna service the vision-based driver assistance systems market.

August 2, 2019  

Canadian auto sales picked up in July: Scotiabank

But U.S. auto sales decelerated in July, a new Scotiabank report says, as volatility in that market continues.

July 31, 2019  

Magna breaks ground on new seating plant in Ohio

The Lancaster facility represents an initial investment of approximately US$60 million, and will be Magna’s first dedicated seat structure plant in the U.S.

July 26, 2019  

Magna signs its first complete vehicle manufacturing JV in China

The joint venture, to be controlled by an affiliate of the BAIC Group, will manufacture up to 180,000 electric vehicles per year.

July 22, 2019  

Ford cutting 200 jobs at Oakville, Ont. auto assembly plant

In a statement, Ford said the layoffs are the result of a “long-standing practice of matching production with consumer demand.”

July 18, 2019  

Magna receives FCA Supplier of the Year Award

Magna’s interior content to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles consists of complete seat sets on vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Chrysler Pacifica.

July 17, 2019  

Petro-Canada gets funding for cross-country electric vehicle fast-charging network

The federal government is awarding Petro-Canada $4.6 million to build 92 electric vehicle fast chargers, with the first completed station being in Stewiacke, N.S.

in its coast-to-coast network.

July 10, 2019  

Canada’s Woodbridge Foam investing $100 million on upgrades, research centre in Ontario

The investment, which includes $20 million from the federal government, will help create and maintain more than 800 jobs and establish a new Centre of Excellence.

July 8, 2019  

Canadian auto sales fell in June, Scotiabank says

U.S. auto sales continued its above-trend growth in June following an equally strong performance in May, according to Scotiabank’s latest Auto News Flash.

June 28, 2019  

Magna wins Ford’s global supplier award

The Canadian auto parts maker was recognized as a top-performing global supplier by Ford with a Silver Quality World Excellence Award.

June 28, 2019  

Downturn in global auto sales continued in May: Scotiabank

The Canadian auto sales rate ticked up marginally in May, Scotiabank’s latest Global Auto Report said, but the decline on a year-over-year basis continued.

May 30, 2019  

Global slowdown of vehicle sales continued in April: Scotiabank

Global auto sales fell by 7.9% year-over-year in April for an eighth consecutive month of year-on-year declines, a new report from Scotiabank says.

May 27, 2019  

Fiat Chrysler and Renault discuss possibility of a merger

The merger would create the third largest global OEM with 8.7 million vehicle sales.

May 18, 2019  

U.S. lifts steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico

After having been in place for almost a year, the tariffs – 25 per cent on imports of steel and 10 per cent on aluminum – will be removed by May 19.

May 13, 2019  

Canadian auto parts maker Hematite to open second U.S. location

The Guelph, Ont.-based company is investing US$11.5 million to establish a production facility in Fayetteville, Tenn.

May 8, 2019  

Magna opens two new plants in China

The company’s new plants in Changsha and Shanghai will produce lightweight, aerodynamic parts to help lower emissions and improve fuel economy for China customers.

May 1, 2019  

Mercedes-Benz to pull Smart cars from Canada, U.S. market

Just 345 Smart cars were sold in Canada in 2018 after the car went fully electric.

April 30, 2019  

Toyota to make the Lexus NX SUV in Ontario

Toyota’s facility in Cambridge, Ont. will produce both a standard and hybrid version of the vehicle starting in 2022.