March 26, 2011 News

Global demand for plastic cups and lids to rise 5% annually to 2014: study

by Canadian Plastics

World demand for plastic cups and lids is projected to rise 5.0 per cent per year to US$23.4 billion in 2014, according to a new study by market research firm The Freedonia Group.

March 25, 2011 News

B.C. packaging supplier to produce compostable bag line

by Canadian Plastics

British Columbia-based plastic bag and flexible packaging maker Lakeside Plastics has selected Telles, a joint venture between Metabolix and Archer Daniels Midland, to launch a compostable bag product line based on Mvera B5002, a film product…

March 21, 2011 News

Upcoming industrial BPA ban will hurt business: report

by Canadian Plastics

Canada’s federal government intends to limit the amount of bisphenol A (BPA) in wastewater from industry despite being warned that doing so might be bad for business, according to a report obtained by the Canadian Press.

March 16, 2011 News

New biopolymers will shape growing bioplastic packaging market to 2020: report

by Canadian Plastics

Fuelled by new breeds of biopolymers, global bioplastic packaging demand is forecast to reach 884,000 tons by 2020, according to a new report by market research firm Pira International.

March 14, 2011 News

New packaging advocacy group formed

by Canadian Plastics

There’s a new plastics packaging advocacy association in the U.S., formed by 10 major American corporations.

March 10, 2011 News

Water bottler opens new closed-loop facility in Ontario

by Canadian Plastics

Bottled water producer Ice River Springs has completed converting an industrial building in Shelburne, Ont. into a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling plant, said to be the first to self-manufacture its own resin and produce plastic…

March 7, 2011 News

Canadian flexible packager bought by U.S. holding company

by Canadian Plastics

Canadian flexible packaging manufacturer Excel Pac has been acquired by holding company Packaging Solutions Holdings (PSH).  

February 27, 2011 News

Haremar bags new opportunities with investment

by Canadian Plastics

Anchored by a recent $3 million equipment investment, Haremar Plastic Manufacturing Ltd., of Toronto is expanding the boundaries of its film extrusion capability.

February 26, 2011 News

Flexible packager PolyCello named one of Canada’s “best managed companies” — again

by Canadian Plastics

For the third year running, Amherst, N.S.-based flexible packaging manufacturer PolyCello has been chosen as one of Canada’s best managed companies by a business awards program.  

February 23, 2011 News

NS Technologies Group acquires Alvac Plastics

by Canadian Plastics

In a bid to expand its manufacturing capabilities, Ontario-based custom plastic maker NS Technologies Group Inc. has purchased thin sheet thermoformer Alvac Plastics, also located in Ontario.

February 16, 2011 News

Northwest Territories imposes plastic bag tax

by Canadian Plastics

The plastic bag ban has headed north.

February 9, 2011 News

India trade group fighting plastic bag bans

by Canadian Plastics

An India-based plastics association is fighting back against anti-plastics legislation.

January 31, 2011 News

“Largest” European polyethylene foam factory opening in Poland

by Canadian Plastics

Insulation and packaging supplier Novostrat Ltd. is set to launch production in what the company says will be the largest polyethylene foam producing facility in Europe.

January 27, 2011 News

Quebec PET recycler to produce food-grade resin

by Canadian Plastics

Joliette, Que.-based PET recycler Plastrec Inc. has announced plans to begin production of food-grade PET resin.

January 21, 2011 News

Report identifies major growth trends in bioplastic packaging to 2020

by Canadian Plastics

Global bioplastic packaging demand is forecast to reach 884,000 tons by 2020, and the emergence of new materials and major suppliers are set to transform the industry, according to a new report from Pira International.

January 19, 2011 News

Octal secures US$296m loan for PET expansion

by Canadian Plastics

Packaging producer Octal has secured a US$296 million loan to complete its second expansion phase – a development the company says will make it the world’s largest producer of PET resins on one site and the largest PET manufacturer in the world.

January 16, 2011 News

Lawyers claim “landmark settlement” in BPA lawsuit

by Canadian Plastics

A U.S. polycarbonate baby bottle maker has become the first to settle a lawsuit over failure to tell consumers its products contained bisphenol A (BPA), in what lawyers have dubbed a “landmark” development.

January 9, 2011 News

Oceanic garbage patch much smaller than previously reported: study

by Canadian Plastics

The size of an area of floating plastic refuse in the northern Pacific Ocean called the called “Great Garbage Patch” has been wildly exaggerated by media reports, according to a new analysis from Oregon State University.

January 5, 2011 News

Italy bans plastic bags

by Canadian Plastics

As of Jan. 1, Italy became the first European nation to ban nonbiodegradable plastic bags nationwide.

January 3, 2011 News

Toronto Mayor will abolish plastic bag tax: reports

by Canadian Plastics

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will abolish the city’s five-cent plastic bag fee, according to media reports.