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COVID-19


June 5, 2020 News

Chemical industry faces volatile backdrop on road to recovery

by Joseph Chang, Global Editor, ICIS Chemical Business

The coronavirus crisis may simply accelerate key macro trends already underway, creating a volatile backdrop for chemical companies to navigate on the road to recovery. Four key macro trends are shaping global discontentment: growing income inequality; the displacement of labour

June 4, 2020 News

Quebec tables bill to boost economy by fast-tracking major projects

by Canadian Plastics

The stimulus Bill 61 would allow projects to move ahead and bypass certain rules under the Environment Quality Act.

June 4, 2020 News

Ineos Styrolution sends 650 face shields to frontline workers in hard-hit U.S. areas

by Canadian Plastics

The styrenics supplier has also donated $10,000 to local Chicago-area food banks.

June 4, 2020 News

Maguire offering flexible PET shield for safe social distancing

by Canadian Plastics

The company’s Jordan Defense Shield can be installed and uninstalled quickly and is made to fit any space by simply unrolling the shield to the required length.

June 3, 2020 News

Plunge in Canadian auto sales decelerated in May, Scotiabank says

by Canadian Plastics

U.S. auto sales also saw a smaller decline in May, according to Scotiabank’s latest Auto News Flash.

June 2, 2020 News

Engel, Hack Formenbau partner on high-volume system that molds COVID-19 test swabs

by Canadian Plastics

The two longtime collaborators have developed an integrated system that allows plastics processors to produce two-component test swabs in high volumes and with short lead times.

June 2, 2020 News

Haidlmair North America offers rapid delivery for PPE molds

by Canadian Plastics

The molds are for face masks and face shield brackets for North American molders.

June 1, 2020 News

Packaging supplier Good Natured Products enters medical and pharmaceutical industry

by Canadian Plastics

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.

May 29, 2020 News

StackTeck delivers stack mold for PPE in under four weeks

by Canadian Plastics

The project included complete mold design, manufactured molding surface components, assembly, and mold qualification for customer Novolex.

May 29, 2020 News

Chemical and plastics sectors “well-poised” to lead economic recovery, CIAC head tells feds

by Canadian Plastics

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.

May 28, 2020 News

PolyOne to shutter two North Carolina facilities due to COVID-19 pandemic, report says

by Canadian Plastics

As reported by the Charlotte Business Journal, PolyOne plans to close its plants in Pineville and Charlotte, N.C. by the end of this year.

May 28, 2020 News

Coca-Cola partners to produce and distribute PPE to fight COVID-19 pandemic

by Canadian Plastics

The soft drink maker has teamed up with supply chain partners and a network of makers to produce and distribute hundreds of thousands of protective face shields to healthcare workers and first responders.

May 27, 2020 Feature

Will COVID-19 create a boom in factory automation?

by Canadian Plastics

One of the few bright spots to emerge during the COVID-19 pandemic is industrial automation, which is helping to maintain social distancing between plant floor workers. And it could trigger a lasting boom in factory robotics.

May 27, 2020 News

Federal government contracts GM Canada to provide 10 million face masks

by Canadian Plastics

With production beginning immediately, GM Canada will manufacture the face masks at cost at its Oshawa, Ont. plant for the Public Health Agency of Canada.

May 26, 2020 News

38% of Canada’s small businesses now fully open: CFIB

by Canadian Plastics

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.

May 26, 2020 News

Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital turns to Javelin Technologies for 3D printers

by Canadian Plastics

Javelin supplied Jewish General with two Stratasys Fortus 450 mc 3D printers and one F170 printer, both dedicated to COVID-19-related production using fused deposition modeling materials.

May 26, 2020 News

Pandemic pauses North American plastics machinery shipments during first quarter

by Canadian Plastics

But a new report by the Plastics Industry Association does show increases in some areas.

May 22, 2020 News

OPINION: The chemical industry’s response to a crisis while in crisis

by Dean Curtis, president and CEO of ICIS

In recent months, it has never been clearer just how important and responsive this industry is when faced with a global health crisis.

May 22, 2020 News

GN Thermoforming installs new machines with WhatsApp messaging platform

by Canadian Plastics

The Chester, N.S.-based machinery maker is using the web platform to help customers install new thermoforming machines in Eastern Europe and the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 21, 2020 News

Novatec releases ScrubX sanitizing system for factories

by Canadian Plastics

The patent-pending technology is designed to remove and sanitize dust and plastic particulate that may have been exposed to harmful airborne pathogens, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.