Ontario government asking manufacturers to help fight COVID-19
A new government website removes barriers for companies to provide essential goods and services such as ventilators and masks.
Ontario, Quebec order all non-essential businesses to shut down
Both provinces will keep the orders in effect for at least two weeks, and both allow priority manufacturing to continue.
Ford, GM, Fiat Chrysler suspend all North American production to stop coronavirus spread
The decisions follow discussions with the United Autoworkers Union as it urged the Big Three automakers to help look out for workers’ wellbeing.
Good Natured Products buys Shepherd Thermoforming & Packaging
The $9.5 million acquisition includes all of Shepherd Thermoforming’s assets, including machinery, molds, and a 42,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Brampton, Ont.
Outgoing CPIA head Carol Hochu looks back
As the Canadian Plastics Industry Association prepares to merge with the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada on July 1, outgoing CPIA head Carol Hochu reflects on her time filling one of the most important jobs in our sector.
Federal government will declare plastics as toxic substance, news report says
The Canadian government is planning to designate plastics as toxic substances, the Globe and Mail is reporting, which will give it the authority to regulate and limit certain products.
Ingenia Polymers acquires La Porte, Texas operations of LyondellBasell
In a statement, Toronto-based Ingenia said that the acquisition “brings added expertise and capacity to its team and infrastructure, increases its leadership in the polymer producer services market, and expands its capability to serve the converter market.”
GN Thermoforming appoints new sales manager for Mexico, Central and South America
New hire Alberto Capodicasa has many years of experience in various sales positions, most recently as regional sales manager with LED Roadway Lighting Ltd.
CPIA head Carol Hochu stepping down
Hochu, who has led the Toronto-based industry association since 2012, is leaving the organization effective March 18, prior to its proposed July 1 merger with the Chemical Industry Association of Canada.
Rotomolder Tank Holding makes two Canadian purchases
The company, said to be North America’s largest polyethylene tank and container manufacturer, has acquired a new Canadian product line and a new plant location in Saskatoon.
TC Transcontinental launches plastic recycling operations within packaging group
The recycling group will vertically integrate the recycling of plastics in TC Transcontinental’s packaging production chain in Canada, the U.S., and Latin America.
CPIA to be dissolved, become a division of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
Members from both organizations ratified the transaction, which will see CPIA become a new plastics division under the CIAC banner, unanimously during a meeting in Toronto last week.
Canadian government, leading companies partner to create circular economy for plastics
The new Circular Plastics Taskforce has the goal of establishing closer alignments between market needs and recycling stakeholders.
Musabbeh Al Kaabi named as Nova’s new chairman
Al Kaabi is the CEO of petroleum and petrochemicals for Mubadala Investment Co. of Abu Dhabi, which is Calgary-based Nova’s parent firm.
Toronto nurse creates mosaic from medical plastic waste
Longtime nurse Tilda Shalof turned 10,000 pieces of sterile plastic waste into a vibrant mural that’s on permanent display at Toronto General Hospital.
Trudeau tells U.S. lawmakers that USMCA bill will pass Commons
President Donald Trump signed the three-nation pact last month and Mexico ratified it last summer.
Canadian government awards $3 million to three firms to cut plastic food, construction waste
The three companies are Montreal-based research and development firm Axipolymer Inc., Brantford, Ont.-based clean technology supplier GreenMantra Technologies, and Calgary-based construction technologies supplier MgO Systems.
BASF Canada expands pilot project for tracing recycled plastics into B.C.
The chemical maker’s reciChain project, which enables better sorting, traceability, and transparency of recycled plastics throughout the value chain, was initially piloted in Brazil.
Macro Engineering names Martin Baron as director of sales
Previously the company’s Latin American sales manager, Baron will now oversee all sales activities for the plastic film and sheet extrusion machinery supplier in Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Intertape Polymer signs agreement to acquire Nortech Packaging
Chicago-based Nortech manufactures and services automated packaging machines under the Nortech Packaging and Tishma Technologies brands.