Canadian small business confidence up slightly in June, CFIB survey says
Small business confidence rose slightly in June to 54.6 points on the Canadian Federation of Independent Business Business Barometer, two points higher than May’s reading but still well below historical norms.
Injection mold maker Exacad gets funding for COVID-19 medical relief projects
The Quebec-based injection mold designer and manufacturer is one of three Canadian companies receiving a total of $6 million in funding from supercluster Next Generation Manufacturing Canada.
Maguire Canada now distributing for Rapid Granulator in Ontario, central and western Canada
The Vaughan, Ont.-based auxiliary equipment supplier is the new distributor for size reduction technology specialist Rapid Granulator in the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.
Magna expanding Michigan seat manufacturing facility
The expansion of the Highland Park plant will generate US$35.4 million in private investment and create 480 jobs.
Ontario injection molder reinvents itself making PPE
Molded Precision Components has transitioned from manufacturing gears and other parts for the automotive sector to PPE, and is now busier than ever.
C-P Flexible Packaging acquires packaging supplier Genpak Flexible
With facilities in Aurora, Ont. and Lakeville, Minn., Genpak manufactures die-cut rollstock and pouches, as well as paper-based laminations.
Nova CEO Todd Karran to retire on August 1
Karran joined Nova in 1985, and has served as president and CEO of the Calgary-based chemical maker since 2015.
Toronto-based wax maker IGI buys PVC additives supplier Rheogistics
The acquisition of Mississippi-based Rheogistics will expand IGI’s presence in the rigid PVC market and add to its wax manufacturing and blending facilities.
Nova reports progress on its sustainability strategy
Nova’s new 2019 Sustainability Report highlights four areas of the Calgary-based company’s long-term strategy: circular economy, citizenship, climate care, and sustainability in operations.
TC Transcontinental’s recycling group acquires assets of Enviroplast Inc.
The equipment acquired will be used for converting plastic scrap recovered from sorting facilities and other commercial, industrial, and agricultural sources into recycled plastic granules.
Manufacturing sales see largest-ever drop in April: StatCan
The April decline was much deeper than many analysts had been expecting.
Plastic bag ban in Prince Albert, Sask. put on hold due to pandemic
The ban was set to take effect on Aug. 1, but has been suspended until the state of emergency in Saskatchewan is over.
Canadian small businesses get funding to help reduce plastic pollution in oceans
Four Canadian small businesses will receive grants totalling $2 million from the Canadian government.
Belplas now representing Stirling in Central and Eastern Canada
The Vaughan, Ont.-based company has been appointed as Stirling’s exclusive representative for its Sterling line of auxiliary equipment for the injection molding and blow molding industries.
Extraordinary times, extraordinary dryers
Even in the middle of a pandemic, the science behind molding plastic parts doesn’t change. Which means it’s just as critical now as ever to dry plastics in the processing phase. These new technologies really bring the heat.
Packaging supplier Good Natured Products enters medical and pharmaceutical industry
In a statement, Vancouver-based Good Natured said that it was able to enter this new market segment with the closing of its recent acquisition of Shepherd Thermoforming.
StackTeck delivers stack mold for PPE in under four weeks
The project included complete mold design, manufactured molding surface components, assembly, and mold qualification for customer Novolex.
Chemical and plastics sectors “well-poised” to lead economic recovery, CIAC head tells feds
The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada’s president and CEO Bob Masterson made the comments in a May 26 presentation to the federal government’s Finance Committee.
Small business confidence fell in May, CFIB survey says
Thirty-nine per cent of reporting manufacturing firms identified business health as bad.
38% of Canada’s small businesses now fully open: CFIB
New Brunswick and PEI now have the largest share of local businesses fully open, a CFIB survey indicates, while Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador remain as the least open economies.