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COVID-19

News
May 7, 2020  

Ford of Canada increasing production of face shields

Ford’s Windsor site operations is now working to assemble more than 2.75 million face shields for distribution across Canada.

News
May 7, 2020  

GM Canada to resume some engine production in Ontario

GM Canada said a portion of its HFV6 engine line in the St. Catharines, Ont. plant will resume on May 11, with most of the rest of its North American manufacturing operations resuming the week of May 18.

News
May 6, 2020  

SPE’s virtual Antec draws more than 3,300 participants

The event ran from March 30 to May 5, with attendees logging into day-long keynote presentations and technical sessions.

Feature
May 6, 2020  

PTI manufactures, donates face shields to 15 Ohio healthcare facilities

The packaging supplier had multiple partners on the project, which created and donated 5,000 of the face shields.

News
May 6, 2020  

COVID-19 has negative impact on Canadian employee mental health, report says

Half of respondents to a recent survey said their mental health has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feature
May 6, 2020  

Israeli scientists develop polymer-based anti-COVID-19 surface coating

Scientists from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are currently developing anti-viral coatings for surfaces that could potentially reduce the spread of COVID-19.

News
May 5, 2020  

Quebec delays reopening of businesses in Montreal until May 18

But the construction and manufacturing sectors across Quebec will reopen as scheduled on May 11, Premier Francois Legault said.

News
May 4, 2020  

CFIB applauds reopening of Canada’s economy

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is expressing support for the reopening of Canada’s economic activity that began on Mary 4., but also calls for caution as employees return to work.

Feature
May 4, 2020  

Fully injection molded test swabs enter human trials for COVID-19

Researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University have designed the new nasopharyngeal swab, and the benefit is that it can be manufactured quickly and inexpensively at high volume.

News
May 3, 2020  

Purging compound supplier Asaclean-Sun Plastech offers free online support during COVID-19

Responding to coronavirus market challenges, the company is offering free technical and product support for essential businesses and other plastics processors.

News
May 1, 2020  

Ontario unveils sector guidelines for businesses ahead of reopening

There are more than 60 labour guidelines businesses will need to follow, including ground markings for physical distancing and installing plexiglass barriers.

News
April 30, 2020  

European olefins production could recover in 2020 despite COVID-19, report says

The recovery could be due to lighter turnaround schedules and competitive naphtha prices making Europe’s steam cracker fleet more competitive, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie.

News
April 29, 2020  

Quebec to reopen manufacturing, retail, and construction businesses

Most retail stores in the province will be able to reopen on May 4, while the province’s construction and manufacturing sectors will be allowed to start reopening on May 11.

News
April 29, 2020  

Aerospace think tank producing 10,000 made-in-Quebec masks for manufacturing SMEs

Launched by Aéro Montréal, the initiative will create face masks to help protect thousands of qualified employees in the aerospace industry.

News
April 29, 2020  

Nearly one-third of Canadian companies seeing sales drop by 40%: StatCan

The highest proportion of businesses reporting losses and layoffs in a StatCan survey were in the accommodation and food services sector, as well as retail.

Feature
April 29, 2020  

Ohio molder Pragmatic Manufacturing partners with Wittmann to make healthcare parts

Wittmann Battenfeld worked remotely with Pragmatic to hep them produce 1 million face shields for front-line health care workers in the state, in just five weeks.

Feature
April 29, 2020  

KraussMaffei produces facial visors for regional institutions in Hannover, Germany

The visors offer simple protection against COVID-19 droplet infection.

News
April 28, 2020  

Mexico to reopen auto factories

The move follows a U.S. campaign to get Mexico to reopen the plants out of concern for the North American free trade zone’s supply chain.

News
April 28, 2020  

Woodbridge Inoac Technical Products ramps up sites for face mask production

The company is converting its manufacturing facilities in Kitchener and Woodbridge, Ont., as well as Chattanooga, Tenn., to make the masks.

News
April 28, 2020  

California temporarily suspends plastic bag ban

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on April 23 that allows retailers in the state to provide customers with single-use plastic bags for free for 60 days.

News
April 28, 2020  

Ford to resume European manufacturing on May 4

Ford said it plans to recommence initial production at its Saarlouis and Cologne plants in Germany, vehicle assembly site in Valencia, Spain, and its Craiova plant in Romania.

News
April 27, 2020  

USMCA trade pact to go into effect on July 1

The date for the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement is a month later than initially proposed, after automakers asked for more time because of COVID-19 difficulties.

News
April 27, 2020  

Volkswagen re-starts production at Europe’s largest car factory

VW said it resumed work at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, on April 27 at 10% to 15% of capacity, after the plant shut down production on March 19.

News
April 24, 2020  

Feds announce rent relief of 75% for small businesses affected by COVID-19

The new program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments payable by eligible small business tenants experiencing financial hardship during April, May and June.

News
April 24, 2020  

Engel and Haidlmair partner in quick response to face mask shortage

Engel has teamed up with its longtime business partner Haidlmair to improve the supply of face masks worldwide.

News
April 24, 2020  

Chinaplas 2020 cancelled, rescheduled for April 2021 in Shenzhen

The show will now be held from April 13–16, 2021, at the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.

News
April 23, 2020  

KraussMaffei re-opens in Germany after COVID-19 pause

As of April 20, work has resumed gradually “in compliance with the strictest hygiene measures,” the company said in a press release.

News
April 22, 2020  

ATS Automation receives $65 million order for systems to produce COVID-19 test kits

The Cambridge, Ont.-based automation supplier will design, build, and deliver two systems within the next four months to injection molder Tessy Plastics.

Feature
April 22, 2020  

NatureWorks donates enough biopolymer to fashion 10 million N-95 masks

The biopolymer supplier has donated the Ingeo biopolymer needed to produce as many as two million reusable N95 masks per week from a new spunbond nonwoven structure.

News
April 22, 2020  

BASF converts to hand sanitizer production at New Jersey, Michigan facilities

Neither site regularly produces hand sanitizer, but BASF scientists and engineers worked on compressed timelines to develop the product to help meet the increased demands needed to combat COVID-19.

News
April 21, 2020  

Wittmann, Engel restart production in Austria

Both companies are bringing production back online at facilities in Austria after having shut down due to COVID-19 fears.

News
April 21, 2020  

Boeing develops face shields using Solvay’s high-performance thermoplastic film

The film will be manufactured using Solvay’s medical-grade Radel PPSU or Udel PSU transparent specialty polymers.