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Two Ontario auto parts makers receive provincial funding to implement automation
Innotech Precision Inc. and Kobay Enstel Ltd. are receiving more than $175,000 from the Ontario government to help improve efficiency, productivity, and build capacity.
Vinyl Institute of Canada launches medical PVC recycling pilot project
The PVC 123 program seeks to divert products from landfills and encourage the recycling of PVC-based medical devices in hospitals.
New vacuum pump simplifies material conveying to blenders, dryers, machine hoppers
Maguire’s NVRBE vacuum pump can also configured in “mini-central” systems with extremely compact LowPro receivers mounted on multiple blenders.
Nova Scotia’s RPS Composites acquires assets of FRP and piping maker Fabricated Plastics
The acquisition adds RTP-1 tank fabrication capabilities to RPS Composites’ product offerings.
Ontario medical technology maker Smart Safe Science gets provincial funding to make masks
The Bracebridge-based company is receiving $2 million to produce innovative face masks for healthcare and frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.
Emmerson Packaging adding jobs and equipment in Ontario, Nova Scotia
The flexible packaging supplier has announced plans to invest $10 million this year in new equipment for its facilities in Amherst, N.S., and Belleville, Ont., in addition to the hiring of over 80 new employees.
Magna to acquire majority ownership of Chinese seating supplier
The deal increases Magna’s footprint with seating supplier Honglizhixin from two to 12 manufacturing plants.
Nova, Merlin Plastics partner to use curbside recycling for consumer packaging
The collaboration will turn HDPE plastic recyclate into resin for use in everyday products.
Blown film maker PolyExpert receives SQF certification
The Safe Quality Food program is a food safety and quality program that’s recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers internationally.
Big majority of small business owners still worry about economy, survey finds
Also, sixty per cent of respondents to the latest Canadian Federation of Independent Business survey say they fear consumer spending will stay low even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.
Heavy truck sales in Canada should rebound quickly, report says
The Canadian heavy truck industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report from Scotiabank says, but sales should shift back into positive growth territory in 2021.
Feds invest $7.8 million in three Ontario plastics product makers
The investment is being made through the FedDev Ontario program, and will help the companies scale up and increase capacity during the pandemic.
StackTeck develops new five-gallon industrial pail mold
The Brampton, Ont.-based firm has also produced its first IML robot for a pail, which was configured for both a single cavity five-gallon pail as well as a 1×2 mold for five-litre pails.
U.S. processing of recovered plastic film, bags, wraps grew 10% between 2017-2018, report says
The amount of film recycled by U.S. and Canadian processors increased for the sixth consecutive year, with 69 per cent of the total amount collected and processed in the U.S. or Canada, the report from the American Chemistry Council said.
Moldmakers, manufacturers focusing on diversification, profitability, survey says
Results from the latest survey by the Canadian Association of Moldmakers and Automate Canada show that diversification plans are a priority as many manufacturers rebound from the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manufacturing sales up 8.7 per cent in July, StatCan says
The preliminary estimate for July compared with a record 20.7 per cent gain seen in June as factories continued to ramp up production.
3M to make N95 masks at Brockville, Ont. plant
The company will produce as many as 100 million N95 masks a year following a roughly $70-million agreement with the federal and Ontario governments.
“The materials transition” could divert 382 million tonnes of plastic waste by 2040
The plastics industry requires a paradigm shift towards an absolute decoupling of materials consumption from growth of the economy if it is to achieve sustainability targets, according to new research from research firm Wood Mackenzie.