Canadian Plastics


June 19, 2020  

COVID-19 is hurting demand for PET, report says

Lockdowns and restrictions are dampening demand for PET in what should be a season of high demand, according to a new report from an analyst at ICIS.

June 11, 2020  

Plastic bag ban in Prince Albert, Sask. put on hold due to pandemic

The ban was set to take effect on Aug. 1, but has been suspended until the state of emergency in Saskatchewan is over.

June 5, 2020  

Lowe’s Canada reports a 58% drop in plastic bag use

The home improvement retailer introduced a charge on plastic bags at its corporate stores in Quebec in June 2018, and in the rest of Canada in August of the same year,

June 4, 2020  

Packaging supplier Comar to expand in New Jersey

The company has announced what it calls “a major capacity expansion” of its Buena, N.J. plant operations by building a new offsite location in nearby Vineland, N.J.

June 3, 2020  

Coca-Cola Amatil, Dynapack sign agreement to build advanced PET recycling plant in Indonesia

Amatil and Dynapack will work together through a proof of concept phase to consider a potential plant’s economic feasibility, size, scale and location, end-to-end requirements, and potential integration into each company’s value chains.

June 3, 2020  

SK Global Chemical completes acquisition of Arkema’s functional polyolefins business

The deal, first announced in October 2019, is part of South Korea-based SK’s strategy to boost its packaging business.

June 1, 2020  

Packaging supplier Good Natured Products enters medical and pharmaceutical industry

In a statement, Vancouver-based Good Natured said that it was able to enter this new market segment with the closing of its recent acquisition of Shepherd Thermoforming.

May 29, 2020  

Alpla acquiring Spanish packaging supplier Bopla

The acquisition will strengthen Austria-based Alpla’s portfolio in the cosmetics, personal and household care market segments.

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.

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.

May 21, 2020  

Plastics Industry Association announces winners of the 2020 Re|focus Leadership and People’s Choice Awards

Recycler PureCycle Technologies accepts the Leadership in Innovation Award and sustainable packaging supplier Accredo Packaging wins the People’s Choice Award.

May 20, 2020  

Dunkin’ Donuts completes global transition from EPS to paper cups

The restaurant chain’s move from polystyrene foam cups to paper cups was first announced two years ago.

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.

May 8, 2020  

Engel and Austrian packaging companies team up to found “Packaging with a Future” platform

The platform is intended to improve public awareness in the meaningful use of packaging.

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.

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.

April 27, 2020  

Berlin Packaging names William J. Hayes as new president and CEO

Hayes is currently the president and CEO of construction and civil engineering company BrandSafway.

April 16, 2020  

COVID-19 crisis boosts flexible packaging demand in U.S. and Europe, forecast says

Research firm Wood Mackenzie forecasts U.S. demand for consumer flexible packaging to increase by up to 10% this year, compared to 3% in 2019; and in Europe, demand growth could climb to above 5% this year.

April 9, 2020  

Kautex Maschinenbau appoints Julia Keller as new CFO

A business studies graduate who specialized in finance and human resources, Keller takes over from Frank Röhrlein, who will be retiring. 

April 7, 2020  

Sidel transforms French manufacturing site to make hand sanitizer bottles

The global packaging supplier has repurposed its international centre of excellence for PET packaging development and blowing solutions in Octeville-sur-Mer into a production centre to make bottles for hydro-alcoholic gel.