January 5, 2015 News

DSM sells composites distributor Euroresins

by Canadian Plastics

Material supplier Royal DSM has sold Euroresins, a distributor of products to the composite resins industry, to UK-based holding company Cathay Investments. Euroresins operates in nine countries in Europe, including the UK, Italy and France. The company reports sales of

December 23, 2014 News

Shell to buy BASF’s stake in ELLBA Eastern JV

by Canadian Plastics

Chemical maker BASF and Shell have reached agreement for BASF to sell its 50 per cent share in their propylene oxide-styrene monomer (POSM) joint venture. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Closing is planned for December 31, 2014.

December 21, 2014 News

LyondellBasell taps insider Bhavesh Patel as new CEO

by Canadian Plastics

Chemical maker LyondellBasell Industries has named Bhavesh “Bob” Patel, who leads its international manufacturing business, to serve as its CEO. Patel takes over from James Gallogly effective January 12. Gallogly announced in September his plans to retire. “After a rigorous

December 20, 2014 News

Ferro sells most of its polymer additives business

by Canadian Plastics

Material supplier Ferro Corporation has sold the majority of the assets of its polymer additives business to a U.S.-based private equity firm for US$154 million in cash. Polymer Additives Inc., a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital LLC, bought the assets

December 16, 2014 News

Shale gas development in Quebec too risky: environmental report

by Canadian Plastics

Exploiting Quebec’s shale gas deposits is not worth the risk, the province’s environmental review board has concluded. A new report from the agency stated there are too many potential negative consequences to the environment and to society from extracting natural

December 15, 2014 News

Israeli compounder Tosaf building first N. American facility

by Canadian Plastics

Israeli-based plastics compounder Tosaf USA will build its first North American manufacturing facility in Bessemer City, N.C. beginning early next year. The company, which produces and markets polymers and compounds used in the automotive, medical, electrical and packaging industries, will

December 10, 2014 News

DuPont selling Neoprene elastomer business to Denka

by Canadian Plastics

Chemical supplier DuPont has reached an agreement to sell its Neoprene polychloroprene business to Denka Performance Elastomer, a new joint venture company owned 70 per cent by Japan-based Denki Kagaku Kogyo and 30 per cent by Mitsui & Co. Neoprene,

December 10, 2014 News

RTP Company buys production facilities from Alloy Polymers

by Canadian Plastics

In a bid to strengthen its position in the high-volume contract manufacturing sector, engineered thermoplastic compound supplier RTP Company has acquired three U.S. production facilities from compound maker Alloy Polymers Inc. The three plants – located in Richmond, Va., Crockett,

December 4, 2014 News

Americhem division buys LTL Color Compounders

by Canadian Plastics

Infinity Engineered Compounds, part of the Americhem group of companies, has bought LTL Color Compounders Inc., a Morrisville, Pa.-based producer of custom color engineered thermoplastic compounds. Infinity and LTL will be joined to create Infinity LTL Engineered Compounds, an Americhem

November 7, 2014 Feature

The latest ANTIMICROBIALS for plastics

by Canadian Plastics

Microbes may be nothing more than tiny single-celled organisms, but they’re harder to kill than Rasputin. They’re resilient enough, in fact, that scientists have revived them from fossils more than 250 million years old. They also…

August 27, 2014 News

Toronto thermoformer ICI gets $1.5M funding

by Canadian Plastics

Toronto-based thermoformer Innovative Composites International Inc. (ICI) is getting a hand from Bassett Financial Corporation to assist with its restructuring.

June 18, 2014 News

N.S. must study health risks if fracking is approved: expert

by Canadian Plastics

A province-wide study on the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas is needed if the Nova Scotia government approves the process, a new report has recommended.  

June 10, 2014 News

Composites One buys composites assets from Nexeo Solutions

by Canadian Plastics

Composite raw materials distributor Composites One has acquired essential composites distribution assets from chemical and plastics distributor Nexeo Solutions, a deal which also includes Nexeo Solutions’ composites distribution employees.

October 4, 2013 News

Strong growth for composites industry in the Americas over next five years: JEC

by Canadian Plastics

There’s strong growth ahead for composites industry in the Americas through 2018 as the result of macro trends that are generating demand for advanced composites across multiple sectors, according to the JEC composites industry…

March 30, 2012 News

FDA rejects BPA ban

by Canadian Plastics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will deny a petition from the National Resources Defense Council’s petition to prohibit the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food-contact products manufactured in America.

December 26, 2011 News

Dow and Aksa sign JV agreement for carbon fiber and derivatives

by Canadian Plastics

The Dow Chemical Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Dow Europe GmbH, has signed a 50-50 joint venture agreement with Turkish acrylic fiber maker Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.S. to manufacture and commercialize carbon fiber and…

December 9, 2011 News

FDA to decide on BPA in consumer products by end of March 2012

by Canadian Plastics

As part of a settlement in a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency has agreed to rule on whether the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) should be banned from use in food and beverage packaging.

July 16, 2011 News

Canadian thermoplastic composites manufacturer to supply homes in Haiti

by Canadian Plastics

A Canadian manufacturer of reinforced thermoplastics composites has signed a US$68 million contract to supply housing for large-scale reconstruction projects in Haiti and Ghana.

July 15, 2011 News

Styrene a possible threat: US Dept. of Health

by Canadian Plastics

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has added styrene to its list of chemicals and biological agents that are suspected as possible causes of cancer.

July 12, 2011 News

GreenCore commercializes composites project

by Canadian Plastics

A renewable natural fibre reinforced composite material is now being commercialized in Canada, designed as a partial polymer replacement in automotive applications and for other industries.