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COVID-19

News
May 29, 2020  

StackTeck delivers stack mold for PPE in under four weeks

The project included complete mold design, manufactured molding surface components, assembly, and mold qualification for customer Novolex.

News
May 29, 2020  

Chemical and plastics sectors “well-poised” to lead economic recovery, CIAC head tells feds

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada’s president and CEO Bob Masterson made the comments in a May 26 presentation to the federal government’s Finance Committee.

News
May 28, 2020  

PolyOne to shutter two North Carolina facilities due to COVID-19 pandemic, report says

As reported by the Charlotte Business Journal, PolyOne plans to close its plants in Pineville and Charlotte, N.C. by the end of this year.

News
May 28, 2020  

Coca-Cola partners to produce and distribute PPE to fight COVID-19 pandemic

The soft drink maker has teamed up with supply chain partners and a network of makers to produce and distribute hundreds of thousands of protective face shields to healthcare workers and first responders.

Feature
May 27, 2020  

Will COVID-19 create a boom in factory automation?

One of the few bright spots to emerge during the COVID-19 pandemic is industrial automation, which is helping to maintain social distancing between plant floor workers. And it could trigger a lasting boom in factory robotics.

News
May 27, 2020  

Federal government contracts GM Canada to provide 10 million face masks

With production beginning immediately, GM Canada will manufacture the face masks at cost at its Oshawa, Ont. plant for the Public Health Agency of Canada.

News
May 26, 2020  

38% of Canada’s small businesses now fully open: CFIB

New Brunswick and PEI now have the largest share of local businesses fully open, a CFIB survey indicates, while Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador remain as the least open economies.

News
May 26, 2020  

Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital turns to Javelin Technologies for 3D printers

Javelin supplied Jewish General with two Stratasys Fortus 450 mc 3D printers and one F170 printer, both dedicated to COVID-19-related production using fused deposition modeling materials.

News
May 26, 2020  

Pandemic pauses North American plastics machinery shipments during first quarter

But a new report by the Plastics Industry Association does show increases in some areas.

News
May 22, 2020  

OPINION: The chemical industry’s response to a crisis while in crisis

In recent months, it has never been clearer just how important and responsive this industry is when faced with a global health crisis.

News
May 22, 2020  

GN Thermoforming installs new machines with WhatsApp messaging platform

The Chester, N.S.-based machinery maker is using the web platform to help customers install new thermoforming machines in Eastern Europe and the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

News
May 21, 2020  

Novatec releases ScrubX sanitizing system for factories

The patent-pending technology is designed to remove and sanitize dust and plastic particulate that may have been exposed to harmful airborne pathogens, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

News
May 20, 2020  

COVID-19 is crippling plastics recycling industry, EU group says

Coronavirus shutdown impacts have converged with low virgin plastic prices to create significant struggles for European plastics reclaimers, according to the Plastics Recyclers Europe trade association.

News
May 19, 2020  

Borealis cancels petrochemical project in Kazakhstan

The Austria-based chemical supplier has scrapped the proposed development of a world-scale integrated ethane cracker and polyethylene project in Kazakhstan due to COVID-19 uncertainties.

News
May 15, 2020  

Solvay to shutter two plants, cut 570 jobs as aerospace materials demand drops

The Belgium-based chemical maker will close its plants in Manchester, UK, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, and implement job reductions across its composite materials business. 

News
May 15, 2020  

PolyOne introduces new additive to support increased face mask production

MagIQ Non-Woven Electret Plus improves the dielectric properties in face masks, extending filtration efficiency and the length of time masks will hold a charge.

News
May 15, 2020  

Milton, Ontario processor Keter developing face shields for war on COVID-19

Plastic goods maker Keter North America has begun production of high-quality, reusable face shields at its plants in Milton and also in Anderson, Indiana.

News
May 14, 2020  

Canadian small business confidence on the rise, but half are still in bad shape: CFIB

Severe operating challenges remain, but Canada’s small business sentiment improved in early May, according to new figures from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

News
May 14, 2020  

Italy postpones plastic tax as part of economic recovery plan

The plastic tax, originally included in Italy’s 2020 Budget Law and set to come into effect this year, is being pushed back until at least January 2021.

News
May 14, 2020  

Milliken partners with Contec to produce disinfectant that kills coronavirus

The two firms are working together to fill high demand for Contec’s antibacterial cleaning solutions.

News
May 14, 2020  

Plastics and composites will maintain growth trajectory through 2020 despite COVID-19, report says

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across industries, the demand for modular building materials and advanced admixtures will propel the construction chemicals segment, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.

News
May 14, 2020  

Oil supply cuts could curtail 15% of ethylene supply in Middle East, analyst says

The potential loss is due to oil supply dynamics, according to new analysis from Wood Mackenzie, and equates to around 1.5 million tons of ethylene.

News
May 13, 2020  

Ontario declaration of emergency extended to June 2

The provincial government has also passed new legislation that will allow for more virtual or remote transactions during COVID-19.

News
May 13, 2020  

Negri Bossi partners for PPM production in Italy

The injection molding machine maker is working with Italian plastics processor Complastic Srl to help Complastic design and produce personal protective equipment for the COVID-19 crisis.  

News
May 13, 2020  

Tetra Laval Group donates $165,000 to COVID-19 relief aid in Canada

The Swiss-based multinational corporation is donating the money to United Way Centraide.

News
May 13, 2020  

SPECIAL REPORT: Canada, plastics & COVID-19

More than just a humanitarian crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing global economic disaster, as the virus domino toppled supply chain lines and shuttered factories in China, Europe, and then worldwide. And Canada’s plastics industry isn’t being spared the effects.

News
May 12, 2020  

iD Additives announces discount prices on purging compounds

The purging compound supplier is taking 10 per cent off the prices of its iD Purge purging compounds and Eco-Pro 360 rust removal products.

News
May 12, 2020  

Quebec reopens all manufacturing companies, construction sites

Manufacturing companies in the province can resume operations provided that no more than 50 workers are present, plus half of the remainder per shift.

News
May 12, 2020  

Barnes Group projects sales to drop more than 20% in Q2 for industrial units

The Bristol, Conn.-based company said first-quarter sales in its industrial businesses, which include its plastics-related units, automation, engineered components, and motion controls, fell 18 per cent to US$199.1 million.

News
May 12, 2020  

More financial support for mid-size businesses navigating COVID-19 crisis

Intended for businesses with revenues between $50 million to $300 million, the new expanded Business Credit Availability Program is supported by Export Development Canada.

News
May 11, 2020  

Canada’s emergency wage subsidy program to be extended beyond June 6

The program covers 75 per cent of worker pay up to $847 a week.

News
May 8, 2020  

Unemployment hit near-record levels in Canada and the U.S. in April

The unemployment rate in Canada soared to 13 per cent in April, while unemployment in the U.S. hit 14.7 per cent, the highest unemployment rate in that country since the Great Depression.