Canadian Plastics

Market Forecast

April 16, 2021  

European plastics industry faces extreme raw materials shortages, price increases, association says

The situation threatens the economic survival of numerous SMEs and endangers the production of a wide range of products, the European Plastics Converters group says.

April 14, 2021  

Global pneumatic conveying system market keeps growing, report says

The market is experiencing steady growth at a 6% CAGR, a new forecast from market analyst firm Market Research Future says, and this should continue through to 2022.

March 19, 2021  

ANALYSIS: Texas deep freeze: Lingering impacts on U.S. petrochemical industry

Operations at U.S. Gulf Coast petrochemical facilities have yet to fully recover one month after freezing temperatures triggered widespread power outages and plant shutdowns.

March 16, 2021  

New president and CEO for purchasing consultancy RTi

The Fort Worth, Tex.-based firm has named Robert Rosales as its new head, replacing outgoing president and CEO Pete Suerken.

March 1, 2021  

Canadian manufacturing growth picked up in February, report says

An improving domestic demand picture, greater purchasing activity, and a sustained period of employment suggests firms expect greater output in the months ahead, the report from IHS Markit said.

February 18, 2021  

U.S. winter storm impacting the polyester value chain, analyst says

The storm currently raging in Texas could have an impact on the global polyester chain, according to market analyst Wood Mackenzie.

February 17, 2021  

North American machinery shipments up nearly 20% in Q4, report says

Canada and Mexico remained the top export markets for U.S. equipment suppliers in the fourth quarter, the report from the Plastics Industry Association said.

February 4, 2021  

European flexible packaging manufacturers “very concerned” about polymer shortage and price development

The Flexible Packaging Europe association blames force majeure declarations, maintenance announcements, and price increases by European polymer manufacturers for creating sudden and significant shortages.

December 15, 2020  

Manufacturing sales edged up 0.3% in October, StatCan says

Manufacturing sales grew to $54.1 billion led by the paper, petroleum, and coal industries, and with 2.2% growth for plastic and rubber product manufacturers.

December 14, 2020  

Recovery of Canada’s plastics, chemical industries will be based on investment attraction, CIAC head says

CIAC president and CEO Bob Masterson also outlined the chemistry and plastics industries’ role in Canada’s economic recovery in a presentation to the federal government’s Standing Finance Committee.

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 17, 2020  

North American primary plastics machinery shipments continue recovery in third quarter

Canada and Mexico remained the top export markets for U.S. equipment suppliers in the third quarter, according to the Plastics Industry Association’s committee on equipment statistics.

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.

November 4, 2020  

ATS Automation reports orders up in Q2 2021 results

In reporting its financial results for the three and six months ended September 27, 2020, the Cambridge, Ont.-based company cited a decrease in revenue of two per cent but an increase in order bookings.

October 23, 2020  

U.S. plastics industry reports another year of trade surplus

Mexico and Canada remain the U.S. plastics industry’s largest export markets, the new report from the Plastics Industry Association says.

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 21, 2020  

What will the 2020 elections mean for U.S. energy?

Ten key issues to watch, according to global energy consultancy group Wood Mackenzie.

October 19, 2020  

Bioplastics will need significant government intervention to realize full potential, report says

In order to achieve the scale needed to play a meaningful role, the report from Wood Mackenzie says, the bioplastics industry will require significant regulatory interventions from governments and substantial cost efficiencies as technologies mature and scale.

October 16, 2020  

Industry consultant predicts 31% drop in North American tooling spend in 2020

Harbour Results says that the 2020 automotive vendor tooling spend in North America will be $6.4 billion, which is $.4 billion less than originally forecasted in 2019.

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  

Plastics industry 8th largest in U.S., new report says

The plastics industry is a key part of the American economy, the report from Plastics Industry Association said, accounting for an estimated $432 billion in shipments and over a million workers in 2019.

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 18, 2020  

Retail sales rose 0.6% in July, Statistics Canada says

Sales were up in six of 11 subsectors in July with the motor vehicle and parts dealers subsector contributing the most to the increase.

September 4, 2020  

Canadian auto sales’ rebound “softened modestly” in August, report says

In the U.S., meanwhile, auto sales posted a fourth month of recovery with August purchases increasing by 5% month-over-month, the new report from Scotiabank says.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

August 24, 2020  

Manufacturing sales up 8.7 per cent in July, StatCan says

The preliminary estimate for July compared with a record 20.7 per cent gain seen in June as factories continued to ramp up production.

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.