Record improvement in Canadian business conditions during December, report says
Canadian manufacturers reported an overall improvement in business conditions during December, according to a new report from IHS Markit Canada.
Top 10 Canadian Plastics stories of 2020
A look at our top 10 most-visited news stories and feature articles of the year.
Ontario invests $77 million to help job seekers retrain after COVID-19 layoffs
This funding is being provided through the redesigned Second Career grant program and will help more than 2,750 job seekers with up to $28,000 for tuition, training materials, and living expenses.
StackTeck enhances mold-qualification capabilities during the pandemic
The Brampton, Ont.-based moldmaker now offers a virtual mold-testing capability package for customers limiting travel due to COVID-19.
Ontario injection molder among three firms to get provincial funding for mask and respirator production
Waterloo, Ont.-based Swenco is receiving $2 million to help the company establish a new production facility to make ASTM level 1, 2 and 3 surgical masks.
Absolute Haitian press allows Michigan university plastics lab to expand during pandemic
With a new Zeres injection molding machine, Ferris State University has been able to add an additional lab section for applied learning with one student at each machine rather than two, reducing the number of lab partners.
Global auto sales improve modestly again in October, report says
On a year-over-year basis, sales were in positive territory for a second consecutive month since the pandemic struck, Scotiabank’s latest Global Auto Report says.
Two-thirds of Canadian business owners negatively impacted by COVID-19: CIBC poll
But the majority (75%) of business owners remain optimistic they will rebound once the pandemic subsides, the poll also found.
Amcor adds face masks to healthcare product portfolio
The face masks meet general purpose-use requirements with a triple layer consisting of a non-woven inner and outer layer, and a melt-blown middle layer.
Ontario invests $350,000 for plastic sheeting maker to produce face shields
The funding for Integrated Packaging Films of Ayr, Ont. will help the firm produce an additional four million face shields per month for use during the second wave of COVID-19.
CpK Interior Products R&D team invents anti-viral plastics to kill COVID-19
The formulations kill 99.9999% of SARS-CoV-2 virus on material surfaces in less than 60 minutes.
Canadian government extending funding for innovation assistance program into December
The program an emergency wage subsidy provided to eligible small and medium-sized firms on a priority basis.
Demand from packaging and healthcare segments to help polyolefins market stay afloat amid COVID-19, report says
The global polyolefins market is expected to decline in 2020 due to weaker end-market demand, analytics firm GlobalData says, but there will be strong gains in these other sectors.
CME, Ontario launch online consumer directory of made-in-Ontario products
The guide is designed to make it easier for shoppers to find made-in-Ontario products, while supporting local businesses and manufacturers.
Nearly half of Canadians considering leaving their current job, report says
The annual Hays Salary Guide shows employer optimism is countered by employee isolation, loneliness, and a decline in well-being.
U.S. economy posts record third-quarter GDP rebound
GDP increased by an annualized rate of 33.1 per cent during the third quarter, the U.S. Commerce Department reported, compared to the second quarter’s annualized rate of 31.4 per cent contraction.
Both Biden and Trump victories present implications for Canada’s economy, new report says
The report from RSM Canada concludes that no matter the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, Canada’s recovery from wave two of the coronavirus pandemic and its longer-term outlook will be impacted.
Plastics Recycling Conference rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns
The North American recycling industry’s largest trade event has been moved back to May 3-5, 2021, from its original dates of Feb. 22-24, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
Canadian small business owners cautiously optimistic about the future, Scotiabank report says
Forty per cent of small business owners are either “very” or “extremely” optimistic about the future of their business, Scotiabank said.
Dow outlines cuts to make cost improvements and enhance competitiveness
The company will close some polyurethanes manufacturing sites as part of the restructuring program.
German firms Continental and Osram plan to end lighting systems joint venture
The companies said the move comes in response to the dampening influence of COVID-19 on the global level of vehicle production.
Fewer business closures, more openings in June compared with May: StatCan
The trend in June held true in every province and territory except Quebec, which had a two per cent increase in business closures compared with the previous month.
Arburg schedules its next Technology Days event for June 2021
The annual four-day event, which takes place at Arburg’s headquarters in Lossburg, Germany, was cancelled in 2020 for the first time due to COVID-19 concerns.
Thermo Fisher investing $140 million to boost laboratory plastic production for COVID-19 testing
The scientific instrumentation equipment maker is creating more than 1,000 jobs across manufacturing sites globally, increasing automation capabilities, and optimizing warehouse and sterilization capacity to improve supply chain agility.
ATS Automation gets $20 million order for COVID-19 vaccine syringe manufacturing line
The Cambridge, Ont.-based manufacturer is developing the systems for a program related to the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed initiative.
Plastindia trade show postponed from 2021 to 2022
The five-day event, originally scheduled for Feb. 4-8, 2021, will now be held Feb. 17-21, 2022, at the Pragati Maidan exhibition grounds in New Delhi.
Ontario medical technology maker Smart Safe Science gets provincial funding to make masks
The Bracebridge-based company is receiving $2 million to produce innovative face masks for healthcare and frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.
ATS Automation announces closures, layoffs in transportation segment
The Cambridge, Ont.-based company’s reorganization plan was brought on by a downturn in its transportation markets due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Plastics Recycling Show Europe postponed until 2021
Scheduled to take place on Oct. 27-28 in Amsterdam, a virtual PRSE event is being planned instead for the last quarter of 2020.
Thermo Fisher Scientific opens new site for manufacturing COVID-19 sample collection products
The new facility in Lenexa, Kansas was built in six weeks to rapidly expand production of viral transport media.
Ascend completes purchase of Italian firms Poliblend and Esseti Plast
First announced in February 2020, the acquisition was put on hold as COVID-19 cases spiked in Italy and then in the U.S.
Ford preparing to cut 1,000 salaried jobs in North America, report says
The job cuts are aimed at improving the automaker’s efficiency and are not related to rising costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, the news report from Bloomberg said.