Canadian Plastics

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COVID-19

News
January 3, 2022  

Sabic’s polypropylene material finds use in N95 masks

The material enables the first-ever local production of N95 masks in Saudi Arabia.

Feature
December 23, 2021  

COVID-19 home testing kits: should we be worried about their environmental impact?

Many parts of the world classify testing kits as medical waste, and as such they need to be burnt in incinerators without any option for energy recovery.

News
December 15, 2021  

Canadian employers plan to keep strong hiring practices heading into new year, survey says

Employers are strongly in favour of COVID-19 vaccination for employees, the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey says, and express openness to remote work for some roles.

Feature
December 14, 2021  

COVID litter: we mapped discarded masks and gloves in 11 countries with the help of citizen science

We found strong links between mask litter and national laws or policies requiring mask wearing.

News
December 1, 2021  

U.S. plastics production since COVID-19 recession should continue to bounce back, report says

Plastic products manufacturing in the U.S. in October 2021 increased 20.2 per cent from the end of the COVID-19 recession in April 2020, according to the Plastics Industry Association.

Feature
November 10, 2021  

Lessons from COVID-19 for the next pandemic: We need better data on workplace transmission

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the importance of work on health outcomes.

News
October 13, 2021  

U.S. plastics industry trade improves in 2021 after 2020 pandemic slump, report says

The Plastics Industry Association report said that Mexico and Canada remained the U.S. plastics industry’s largest export markets.

News
September 27, 2021  

Plastic resin emerges as tiniest example of enduring COVID-19 supply chain crunch

Industry experts say the ongoing shortage of the ubiquitous material is unlikely to be resolved quickly, and that plastic resin price hikes are trickling down to consumer goods and adding to inflation.

News
September 22, 2021  

Report indicates continued U.S. plastics industry growth in 2021

Real plastics industry shipments are expected to increase 2.2 per cent this year following a 0.9 per cent decrease last year, according to the Plastics Industry Association’s latest Size & Impact report.

News
September 13, 2021  

McMaster Innovation Park announces mandatory vaccination policy

The policy at the research and innovation park in Hamilton, Ontario takes effect on Nov. 1.

News
September 9, 2021  

Global plastic compounding market will reach $93.1 billion by 2028: report

Rapidly developing construction and automobile sectors are anticipated to drive the demand for interiors, exteriors, and under-the-hood components, the report from Research & Markets said.

News
September 6, 2021  

Most Canadian manufacturers support a vaccine passport, survey says

The survey of nearly 1,000 manufacturing companies by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters shows that 69 per cent of respondents support vaccine mandates and passports.

Feature
September 6, 2021  

As people continue working from home, the monthly transit pass needs to change to remain worth it

The pandemic has been long enough for habits to have changed; avoiding public transit, using a car and working from home are likely to stick.

News
September 2, 2021  

Ontario to require proof of vaccination in select settings

As of Sep. 22, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated and provide proof, along with photo ID, to access certain businesses, public settings and facilities.

News
August 31, 2021  

Small businesses continue to struggle with debt, CFIB says

Canadian businesses that have taken on COVID-related debt owe an average of nearly $170,000, according to a new CFIB report.

News
August 18, 2021  

Winnipeg’s Precision ADM acquires Roswell Downhole Technologies

The companies will manufacture Canada’s first biopolymer-based compostable non-wovens for PPE production.

News
August 16, 2021  

Rapid COVID-19 test kits now available to SMEs in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario

More than 2,000 pharmacies have signed up to be part of this federal initiative so far.

News
August 12, 2021  

Canada moving forward with vaccine passports for international travel

The federal government says it will collaborate with the provinces and territories to develop a proof of vaccination that will facilitate cross-border travel.

News
August 11, 2021  

Moderna to build mRNA production plant in Canada within two years

The drug maker has signed a memorandum of understanding to build the plant, but the location has not yet been announced.

Feature
August 4, 2021  

Canada’s small businesses could be saved by converting them to co-operatives

It could be an answer for firms that don’t have a formal succession plan in place.

News
July 27, 2021  

Ontario awards two contracts to manufacture 500 million face masks

Ontario firms Viva Healthcare Packaging and Canada Masq will produce 500 million level 1 and level 2 face masks over the next five years.

News
July 9, 2021  

Ontario moving to step three of reopening on July 16

Step three of the roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place.

Feature
July 5, 2021  

New face mask prototype can detect COVID-19 infection

Developed by researchers at Harvard and MIT, the mask’s sensor technology could also be used to create clothing that detects a variety of pathogens and other threats.

News
June 29, 2021  

Ontario moldmaker Coreprint Patterns gets $860,000 to make components for COVID-19 tests

The investment aims to strengthen the Ontario supply chain for critical components for COVID-19 testing.

Feature
June 23, 2021  

New partnership tackles the growing problem of single-use face masks as litter

Sabic, Procter & Gamble Co, and Fraunhofer Institute Umsicht are working together on a new closed-loop recycling pilot project for the masks.

News
June 23, 2021  

Manufacturing industry continues to lose millions due to border issues, survey says

Sixty-nine per cent of respondents have experienced loss of contracts due to border issues.

News
June 18, 2021  

Medicom to open new Montreal subsidiary to produce raw material for PPE

The manufacturing subsidiary, which is receiving federal government funding, is part of a strategy to provide Canada with domestic production of this meltblown polypropylene filter.

Feature
June 9, 2021  

Insulated panels for COVID-19 vaccine storage facilities made with BASF material

A Malaysian insulated panel, commercial and industrial refrigeration systems producer now manufactures COVID-19 vaccine logistics facilities made with Elastopir PH 1132/509/0, a polyurethane rigid foam insulation solution.

News
June 9, 2021  

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.

News
May 31, 2021  

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.

News
May 18, 2021  

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.

News
May 18, 2021  

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.