Canadian Plastics

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COVID-19

News
September 1, 2020  

North American plastics machinery shipments up in Q2, report says

The preliminary estimate of shipments value from reporting companies totaled a 4% increase over the first quarter of 2020, the Plastics Industry Association says, when shipments decreased 19.8% from the previous quarter.

News
August 28, 2020  

Canadian economy posted record drop in Q2 due to COVID-19, StatCan says

The decline is the steepest since quarterly data were first recorded in 1961, with almost every single component of the economy that works into calculating GDP at its lowest point over April, May, and June.

News
August 26, 2020  

Big majority of small business owners still worry about economy, survey finds

Also, sixty per cent of respondents to the latest Canadian Federation of Independent Business survey say they fear consumer spending will stay low even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

News
August 26, 2020  

Heavy truck sales in Canada should rebound quickly, report says

The Canadian heavy truck industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report from Scotiabank says, but sales should shift back into positive growth territory in 2021.

News
August 26, 2020  

Feds invest $7.8 million in three Ontario plastics product makers

The investment is being made through the FedDev Ontario program, and will help the companies scale up and increase capacity during the pandemic.

News
August 24, 2020  

Moldmakers, manufacturers focusing on diversification, profitability, survey says

Results from the latest survey by the Canadian Association of Moldmakers and Automate Canada show that diversification plans are a priority as many manufacturers rebound from the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.

News
August 21, 2020  

3M to make N95 masks at Brockville, Ont. plant

The company will produce as many as 100 million N95 masks a year following a roughly $70-million agreement with the federal and Ontario governments.

News
August 19, 2020  

Ontario opens new O-AMP funding round for auto parts companies

The province is making available $10-million in additional funding for applications for the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program, which provides auto parts companies with funding to invest in new technologies and innovation.

News
August 17, 2020  

Expoplast 2020 cancelled, replacement virtual event scheduled for November-December

The next Expoplast in-person show is now scheduled for Nov. 9-10, 2022, at the Palais des congrès de Montreal.

News
August 17, 2020  

Canada-U.S. to extend non-essential border restrictions until Sept. 21

The restrictions were set to expire Aug. 21 but are being extended as the U.S. grapples with fresh COVID-19 outbreaks across the country.

News
August 13, 2020  

WSIB moves repayment schedule for COVID-19 deferrals to January

The financial relief package remains available to Ontario businesses until August 31, 2020, allowing businesses to defer premium reporting and payments between March to August interest-free and without penalty.

News
August 12, 2020  

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag reports machine orders up during COVID-19 crisis

Demand from the packaging and medical technology sectors largely is driving growth, the injection molding machine maker said.

News
August 10, 2020  

Windsor-Essex moving into Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan on Aug. 12

COVID-19 outbreaks among migrant workers on farms in the region had previously held Windsor-Essex back from Stage 3.

News
August 10, 2020  

Bad start to the year for Italian machinery industry, association says

Declining imports and exports caused by the COVID-19 pandemic created losses for the Italian rubber and plastics machinery industry during the first three months of 2020, with full recovery unlikely before 2022, according to new figures from trade association Amaplast.

News
August 7, 2020  

Magna’s Q2 results take big hit from COVID-19 auto production shutdowns

The Aurora, Ont.-based auto parts maker says the impact was far worse than the quarterly declines during the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

News
August 7, 2020  

GM accelerates its 3D printing capability

The transformation powered by additive manufacturing is helping GM move faster, cut costs, and produce safer, lighter-weight manufacturing aids.

Feature
August 7, 2020  

Scoring with a new touchless golf ball retrieval system

The made-in-Ontario Mully Cup effectively eliminates the pole-golfer contact, reducing the spread of COVID-19. And it could become the new normal on the greens even after the pandemic.

News
August 6, 2020  

Ineos Styrolution Canada donates to Ontario mental health service organizations

The material supplier has donated $17,000 to St. Clair Child & Youth Services and Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent to fund virtual, mental health programs for their communities.

News
August 5, 2020  

Pack Expo cancelled

Show sponsor PMMI Media Group is launching a new live, web-based event called Pack Expo Connects 2020 that will run from Nov. 9-13.

News
August 5, 2020  

Canadian auto sales posted another rebound in July, Scotiabank says

U.S. auto sales also continued to climb back in July, Scotiabank reported in its latest Auto News Flash.

News
August 5, 2020  

Small business sales struggle after COVID-19 reopening, CFIB survey says

Only one in four small businesses in Canada are back to making normal sales and only 39% are fully staffed, the CFIB survey shows.

News
August 4, 2020  

CECRA rent relief program extended another month

To receive the rent assistance, businesses will not have to prove a 70% decline in sales for July or August, but will have to show a 70% revenue shortfall that qualified them for CECRA in April, May, and June.

News
July 30, 2020  

Ontario regions of Toronto, Peel moving to Stage 3 on July 31

Windsor-Essex region will remain in Stage 2, the Ontario provincial government said.

News
July 30, 2020  

U.S GDP falls by 9.5 per cent in second quarter

The drop is the largest quarterly drop in recorded history.

News
July 29, 2020  

Feds announce $3 million to support B.C. tech companies

The money for small- and mid-sized businesses is part of the $304-million Regional Relief and Recovery Fund for Western businesses.

News
July 27, 2020  

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News
July 27, 2020  

Orders for big ticket manufactured goods in U.S. up 7.3% in June

The U.S. Commerce Department said that the June gain in durable goods orders follows an even bigger 15.1% increase in May.

Podcast
July 23, 2020  

Canadian Plastics podcast: Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19, Part 6: PET

Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19 – A

News
July 23, 2020  

Fakuma 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

The next staging of the annual international trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany is scheduled for Oct. 12-16, 2021.

News
July 21, 2020  

Retail sales bounced back 18% in May, StatCan says

Sales of cars and car parts saw a 66% increase in sales during May, the agency said.

Podcast
July 17, 2020  

Canadian Plastics podcast: Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19, Part 5: Engineering resins

Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19 – A

News
July 16, 2020  

Domo Chemicals to “minimize participation” at Fakuma 2020

The nylon 6 and 6,6 supplier said it will not actively participate in Fakuma but will be present through an onsite contact desk at the event.