Canadian tech company takes plastic waste sorting to the next level
Metaspectral is developing AI-powered technology that goes where traditional thermal cameras can’t to sort plastics automatically.
Nova Chemicals names Victor Alvarado as senior VP, operations and engineering
Alvarado has over 30 years’ global manufacturing experience, including with BP and Ineos.
Gerber and Terracycle partner to launch recycling program throughout Canada
The program targets hard-to-recycle baby food packaging, including flexible plastic bags, pouches and inner bags.
B.C. film maker KCS Plastics bought by Spectrum Plastics
KCS is now part of the film division of Spectrum’s PPC Industries.
Material supplier Chemours names Mark Newman as president, CEO
Newman is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and the Richard Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.
SPE introduces new COVID-19 category for Auto Innovation Awards
The award will highlight how automotive OEMs and suppliers adapted their processes, materials, or business to support international needs for battling COVID-19.
TerraCycle, Holt Renfrew partner on beauty packaging recycling in Canada
The Holt Renfrew Beauty Recycling Program will help customers responsibly dispose of beauty packaging waste.
New recruiting network exclusive to manufacturing
Launched by Annex Business Media, ManufacturingJobsite.ca specifically targets Canada’s diverse manufacturing sector.
Canadian plastics extruder Balcan buys Wisconsin manufacturing plant, reports say
The reports say that Quebec-based Balcan plans to manufacture polyethylene blown film and related converted products at the facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
Montreal’s Protech Group buys Excalibur Paints & Coatings
Excalibur’s protective coatings will be integrated under the Protech portfolio of liquid coatings brands.
Magna sells three German auto parts plants to Mutares
The plants in Obertshausen, Sulzbach, and Idar-Oberstein make exterior components and employ about 1,700 workers.
Pembina Pipeline is acquiring Inter Pipeline
The deal between the two Canadian energy firms includes the Heartland Petrochemical Complex polypropylene resin plant.
Good Natured Products completes acquisition of Illinois-based sheet maker Ex-Tech Plastics
First announced in May, the deal includes all of Ex-Tech’s operating assets along with real estate owned by a related company, ETP Inc.
Husky, Chem-Trend partner to improve colour changes
The joint approach is based on the process for using Chem-Trend’s Ultra Purge brand of purge compounds, which is designed specifically to reduce colour-change time and carbon formation in hot runner systems.
Humber College expanding the Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology
The $9.5-million expansion aims to help address the skills shortage.
Ontario medical device maker develops new PPE solution
The Canadian Shield’s Vizor eye shield is made of 100 per cent recyclable plastic that attaches to face masks.
New AI will sort recyclable plastic in B.C. by the end of 2021
Technology developer Metaspectral has been awarded more than $300,000 to develop AI-powered technology that can sort plastics automatically.
Window and door maker Energi Fenestration sold to three Canadian firms
The buyers are Ontario-based Vision Group of Companies and Quebec-based Novatech Group and Thermoplast Extrusions.
Report forecasts solid growth for global plastics industry, predicts defining trends
With sustainability spurring innovation, the market is estimated to reach $558.71 billion in 2021, up from $533.04 billion in 2020, with a CAGR of 4.8%.
New Canadian industry coalition launches legal challenge to “toxic” listing
The Responsible Plastic Use Coalition has filed a Notice of Application in the Federal Court of Canada challenging the order.
Ontario ramping up COVID-19 inspections in manufacturing workplaces
About 100 provincial offences officers will visit 1,500 workplaces in Toronto, Hamilton, and regions of Durham, Halton, Peel, and York between May 10 and May 28.
Ontario investing $690,000 in the manufacturing sector
The training program is led by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, and the online courses will be offered at no cost to the employee.
TC Transcontinental Packaging wins FTA sustainability award
The company has received the Flexographic Technical Association’s Sustainability Excellence Award for its Integritite PCR collation shrink film.
NGen launches advanced manufacturing careers website for students
To support the initiative, NGen is also launching a contest where young people can win a $10,000 bursary to apply towards their school of choice.
Compostable, microwavable plant-based packaging addresses Canada’s proposed single-use plastics ban
Just ahead of the proposed ban, Vancouver-based bioplastics maker Good Natured Products is introducing compostable microwavable to-go containers.
Pipe supplier Soleno buys Plastiques VPC
The deal moves New Brunswick-based Soleno further into the the plastics recycling industry.
Pipe maker Ipex opens two new Canadian distribution centres
The new facilities in Winnipeg and Dartmouth, N.S., are modern, larger buildings that replace two smaller locations in both regions.
Canadian government officially adds plastic products to its list of “toxic” substances
The designation is already drawing sharp criticism from industry associations.
Women in Manufacturing virtual summit is May 13
Leaders and employees of every level – women and men – will find the sessions of interest for an exploration of the importance of fostering and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup launches new campaign to prevent plastic pollution
The “Little Bits, Big Problem” initiative encourages Canadians to help stop buildup of plastic in the waterways.
Ontario proposing overhaul of skilled trades apprenticeship system
New proposed legislation would make skilled trades training more efficient and accessible.
Toronto’s CCL Industries buys Lux Global Label Asia
Headquartered in Singapore, Lux manufactures decorative labels for global consumer customers in the ASEAN region.