Canadian Plastics


January 6, 2021  

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.

December 22, 2020  

Top 10 Canadian Plastics stories of 2020

A look at our top 10 most-visited news stories and feature articles of the year.

December 21, 2020  

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.

December 14, 2020  

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.

December 9, 2020  

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.

December 2, 2020  

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.

November 30, 2020  

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.

November 24, 2020  

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.

November 23, 2020  

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.

November 16, 2020  

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.

November 12, 2020  

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.

November 9, 2020  

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.

November 9, 2020  

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.

October 30, 2020  

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.

October 30, 2020  

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.

October 29, 2020  

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.

October 22, 2020  

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.

October 7, 2020  

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.

October 7, 2020  

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.

September 30, 2020  

Dow outlines cuts to make cost improvements and enhance competitiveness

The company will close some polyurethanes manufacturing sites as part of the restructuring program.

September 29, 2020  

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.

September 28, 2020  

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.

September 22, 2020  

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.

September 17, 2020  

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.

September 16, 2020  

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.

September 14, 2020  

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.

September 11, 2020  

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.

September 10, 2020  

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.

September 9, 2020  

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.

September 8, 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.

September 3, 2020  

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.

September 2, 2020  

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.