Canadian Plastics


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.

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.

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.

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.

May 12, 2021  

Q1 2021 robot orders surge 20 per cent over 2020, association says

The strong Q1 for robot orders was the second-best start to any year on record, the A3 association said, and the second-best quarter on record for non-automotive orders.

May 10, 2021  

Arburg cancels Technology Days for 2021

The annual event, which was also cancelled last year, was scheduled for June 7-12 at Arburg’s headquarters in Lossburg, Germany.

April 30, 2021  

Jabil opens medical manufacturing plant in the Dominican Republic

The new healthcare manufacturing facility will produce a variety of precision medical products, including COVID-19 test kits.

April 28, 2021  

North American manufacturing rebounding from a challenging 2020, survey shows

Twenty-five per cent of the plastics processors and moldmakers surveyed broke even or lost money in 2020.

April 28, 2021  

Canadian PPE makers form association to advance medical mask manufacturing standards

Called the Canadian Association of Medical Mask Manufacturers, the organization was founded by Breathe Medical Manufacturing and The Canadian Shield.

April 16, 2021  

European plastics industry faces extreme raw materials shortages, price increases, association says

The situation threatens the economic survival of numerous SMEs and endangers the production of a wide range of products, the European Plastics Converters group says.

April 16, 2021  

Ontario chemical maker Dimachem to produce Pine-Sol for use against COVID-19

With funding from the Ontario government, the Windsor-based firm plans to manufacture about 12 million bottles of the multi-surface disinfectant per year.

April 12, 2021  

GM Canada completes federal order for 10 million face masks

Since the start of production in May 2020, the team at Oshawa Operations produced approximately one million masks a month to help protect front-line workers and other Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 9, 2021  

Ontario launching workplace inspection campaigns in COVID-19 hotspots

The inspections will begin with warehouses, food processors, and manufacturers in Peel and Halton Regions.

April 6, 2021  

1 in 3 remote workers may quit if required to return to office full time, survey finds

More than half of all employees surveyed said they prefer a hybrid work arrangement, where they can divide time between the office and another location.

April 1, 2021  

Canada’s small businesses want rapid testing, not lockdowns: CFIB

A recent survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business found that two-thirds of small businesses would consider using COVID-19 rapid tests to remain open.

March 31, 2021  

Governments investing in new vaccine manufacturing plant in Toronto

The new facility is intended to meet growing demand for flu vaccines, boost Canada’s preparedness for future pandemics, and will create 300 jobs.

March 25, 2021  

Industry associations praise manufacturing sector support in new Ontario budget

Among other things, the budget offers a second round of grants – ranging between $10,000 and $20,000 – to small businesses hit hard by the pandemic, and has set aside $1.7 billion for the program.

March 23, 2021  

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March 16, 2021  

Canadian firm launches medical mask manufacturing automation and vision systems

The Canadian Shield, headquartered in Waterloo, Ont., has partnered with local automation companies to design and manufacture proprietary medical mask production cells and vision systems.

March 9, 2021  

CME asks government for more funding to help women in manufacturing

The Ottawa-based association is calling for extra funding for its Women in Manufacturing program, tax incentives to help employers to create childcare options, and additional money to help retrain women for jobs in manufacturing.

March 1, 2021  

Canadian manufacturing growth picked up in February, report says

An improving domestic demand picture, greater purchasing activity, and a sustained period of employment suggests firms expect greater output in the months ahead, the report from IHS Markit said.

February 19, 2021  

“Plastimagen Light” rescheduled as a virtual event only

Originally planned as a hybrid exhibition from March 9-11, Mexico’s largest plastics trade fair will now be held in digital format only from March 22-26.

February 19, 2021  

Ontario opens business applications for $115 million skills development fund

The fund will support projects that will help relieve pandemic-induced barriers to hiring, training, and retaining workers.

February 5, 2021  

Applications now open for Ontario’s new Skills Development Fund

The $115-million fund, which will support workers and apprentices, is designed to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19.

February 1, 2021  

Ongoing border restrictions are costing manufacturers millions, survey reveals

The survey conducted by several industry associations indicates more than two-thirds of respondents have lost business amounting to tens of millions of dollars due to issues at the Canada-U.S. border.

January 25, 2021  

New transparent PVC film capable of inactivating coronavirus

Developed by Braskem and AlpFilm, the film can inactivate 79.9% of the new coronavirus in three minutes and 99.99% in up to 15 minutes.

January 21, 2021  

Arburg announces extended Technology Days event in June

The in-person show is set to run from June 7-12 at the company’s headquarters in Lossburg, Germany, and is being described as “Covid-secure”.

January 20, 2021  

Manufacturing sales down in November, wholesale sales up, StatCan says

Manufacturing sales fell in November for the first time in three months, and sales were down in 5 of 21 industries, driven mainly by the aerospace product and parts, motor vehicle, and motor vehicle parts industries.

January 18, 2021  

Quebec threatens construction, manufacturing sectors with more COVID-19 restrictions

Quebec’s labour minister is threatening on to impose more restrictions on the province’s construction and manufacturing sectors for allegedly flouting health orders.

January 13, 2021  

Ontario manufacturers to receive more testing, inspections as stay-at-home order begins

The province will provide up to 300,000 COVID-19 tests per week to support manufacturing, warehousing, supply chain, and food processing.

January 12, 2021  

Ford to close Brazil manufacturing operations

The company is closing two plants immediately and a third later in the year, as part of a restructuring plan meant to cut costs and increase efficiency.

January 8, 2021  

Quebec to impose 8 p.m. province-wide curfew, manufacturing sector stays open

The provincial government won’t close factories or order work sites to stop operating, but factories are being asked to postpone “non-essential” manufacturing.