Canadian Plastics


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.

June 30, 2020  

Seco Tools acquires cutting tool division of QCT in Mexico

The cutting tool division is a solid carbide tooling manufacturer, specializing in custom products, and reconditioning, with three locations in Mexico.

June 25, 2020  

Injection mold maker Exacad gets funding for COVID-19 medical relief projects

The Quebec-based injection mold designer and manufacturer is one of three Canadian companies receiving a total of $6 million in funding from supercluster Next Generation Manufacturing Canada.

June 18, 2020  

Moldmakers predict 25% drop in revenue from original 2020 forecasts, survey shows

Die builders and die casters are expecting the most significant drop, the survey conducted by Harbour Results Inc. says, followed by stamping, molding, and mold builders.

June 2, 2020  

Haidlmair North America offers rapid delivery for PPE molds

The molds are for face masks and face shield brackets for North American molders.

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.

May 5, 2020  

StackTeck expands its FastTrack accelerated mold delivery program

The Brampton, Ont.-based tooling supplier is now offering 12- and 16-cavity mold configurations for lids and round containers within the FastTrack program.

April 21, 2020  

Tooling Tech Group expands Ohio facility

The tooling provider has broken ground on a 10,000-square-foot expansion of its thermoforming and compression mold making facility in the city of Ft. Loramie.

April 3, 2020  

Moldmakers list their COVID-19 anxieties in new CAMM survey

The survey shows that employee anxiety, project cancellations or delays, employee protection, and declining sales are the biggest concerns about COVID-19 among respondents.

January 27, 2020  

GM to invest $2.2 billion to build electric vehicles in Detroit plant

The automaker will also invest an additional US$800 million in supplier tooling and other projects related to the launch of the new electric trucks.

January 15, 2020  

Concours Mold buys assets of Valiant Tool and Mold

The transaction marks the first acquisition for Windsor, Ont.-based Concours under the ownership of Crestview Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, which bought Concours in May 2019.

December 23, 2019  

New CEO for Schmolz + Bickenbach’s Steeltec division

The Swiss-based mold steel supplier has named Dr. Florian Geiger to the role, replacing outgoing head Gerd Münch, who is stepping down.

December 5, 2019  

U.S. industry group wants tariffs on Chinese molds reinstated

The American Mold Builders Association has formally asked the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to bring back the 25 per cent tariff, which was put on hold last December.

November 29, 2019  

CTMA names Chris Hergott as new president

The vice president of operations for Kitchener, Ont.-based XL Tool Inc., Hergott has 27 years of experience in the Canadian tooling industry.

November 6, 2019  

North America automotive tooling spend to drop to US$6.8 billion, report says

The key factor driving this reducing tooling spend is the decreased number of North American vehicles that will be sourced for production in 2020, the report from Harbour Results says.

October 17, 2019  

StackTeck announces new initiative for IML automation

The Brampton, Ont.-based company has put together a new team to facilitate customer projects for IML and other packaging applications, in a new StackTeck facility in the Toronto area.

September 12, 2019  

Methods Machine Tools names Mark Wright as president and CEO

Industry veteran Wright has led operations, sales, and financial teams while working in Asia and the Far East.

August 19, 2019  

A cool comeback in conformal cooling

Industry veteran Pat Zaffino and his team are back in business with a game changing conformal cooling technology for injection molds.

August 1, 2019  

North American tooling industry continues to slow: report

North American capacity utilization at its lowest mark since 2016, the Q2 2019 Automotive Tooling Barometer Survey says.

July 23, 2019  

Sidel acquires French moldmaker Cognac Moules Emballages Plastiques

The deal is designed to strengthen Sidel’s moldmaking and tooling capabilities.

July 19, 2019  

Tooling supplier Chiron America taps former Husky exec as its new president, CEO

Steve Morris, Chiron America’s new president and CEO, previously worked in leadership positions with Husky Injection Molding Systems and also with Milacron.

June 20, 2019  

Engel names Michael Traxler as head of its mold technology division

Industry veteran Traxler joined Engel in 2015 and previously headed the company’s packaging business unit in North America.

May 7, 2019  

Hot runner maker Runipsys opens new sales and service centre in Ontario

The France-based company has partnered with tool and die maker Jahn Engineering to establish the new facility.

May 1, 2019  

StackTeck unveils new FastTrack mold-delivery program

The system shortens the quoting, engineering, process planning and manufacturing stages by using automated design and product standardization to reduce typical three- to four-week lead times to a few days.

April 12, 2019  

Tool & die industry off to slow start in 2019: report

In the first quarter 2019, the study said, mold shops experienced a slight utilization increase of 2% compared to Q4 2018 (77% to 79%), while die shop utilization dropped drastically from 85% to 74% in the same time frame.

February 27, 2019  

American moldmakers generally positive about business outlook: survey

But only half of the moldmakers surveyed by the American Mold Builders Association believe business conditions in Q1 will increase, and only 10 per cent think their business will increase substantially over the next 12 months.

February 6, 2019  

Schmolz + Bickenbach opens new subsidiary in Argentina

The Swiss-based mold steel supplier’s new sales centre in Buenos Aires is its fourth location in South America.

January 24, 2019  

AceTronic organizing one-day tabletop show for plastics processors

Called “AceConnex”, the show will take place in Mississauga, Ont. on May 9, and will address some of the common problems facing injection molders, blowmolders, extruders, and other plastic processors.

January 11, 2019  

StackTeck adds operations in South Korea

The 139,000-square-foot facility located in Hwaseong is Brampton, Ont.-based StackTeck’s first moldmaking plant outside of North America.

January 11, 2019  

Tooling Tech Group opens new corporate HQ in Michigan

The new 70,000-square-foot office in Macomb will also house manufacturing operations.

December 18, 2018  

Diversified Plastics buys assets of Pacific Plastics Injection Molding

Headquartered in California, Pacific Plastics Injection Molding offers custom plastic injection molding as well as design and custom moldmaking services.

November 27, 2018  

Tooling vet Rich Oles is new president and CEO of Alba Enterprises

Oles’ former consulting company ROI Group has also been merged with Torrence, Calif.-based Alba to expand its product portfolio.