Canadian Plastics


August 24, 2012  

Most BPA in Canada destroyed or in landfills: study

Most of the Bisphenol A (BPA) contained in products Canadians use every day is either destroyed or winds up in landfills, according to a new study for Environment Canada.

August 24, 2012  

Small Cape Breton Island cast polypropylene supplier is making a big splash

Most of us probably know Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island for a few specific things: the Cabot Trail, the coal industry, and maybe the Rankin Family.

August 1, 2012  

Tosca acquires Georgia Pacific’s reusable plastic container division

Tosca Limited, a Green Bay, Wis.-based provider of reusable container pooling and logistics services to the food supply chain, announced that it has acquired the reusable plastic container (RPC) division of Georgia-Pacific LLC.

July 23, 2012  

FDA bans BPA from baby bottles

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ruled that baby bottles and sippy cups can no longer contain bisphenol-A, or BPA, the plastic chemical that has been subject to years of scientific scrutiny.

July 4, 2012  

Husky to build new manufacturing plant in China

Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. has announced plans to build a new facility in China to meet growing demand for its beverage packaging and hot runner systems.

July 3, 2012  

Consumer packaging company Rexam to sell personal care business

British consumer packaging supplier Rexam Plc is selling its personal care operations to two separate buyers for a total of US$709 million.

June 27, 2012  

Intertape Polymer downsizing, shifting production from Nova Scotia to Utah

As part of a North American reorganization due to competitive pressures and volatile costs, polyolefin film manufacturer Intertape Polymer Group Inc. will shift work currently done at its plant in Truro, N.S., to a factory in Utah.

June 21, 2012  

Seville Packaging purchased by Covertech Fabricating

Toronto-based extruded film maker Covertech Fabricating Inc. has acquired Seville Packaging Inc., a flexible packaging converter headquartered in Mississauga, Ont.

June 8, 2012  

Toronto bans plastic bags

In a surprise city council vote that the mayor denounced as “ludicrous”, Toronto has become the first major city in Canada to ban plastic shopping bags at retailers effective Jan. 1.

June 2, 2012  

GS Capital buys minority stake in Plastipak

Affiliates of GS Capital Partners LLC are buying a minority stake in blow molder Plastipak Holdings Inc., one of North America’s largest manufacturers of plastic packaging containers and preforms.

May 28, 2012  

L.A. set to enact plastic bag ban

Los Angeles has become the largest city in America to pass a ban on plastic bags, joining Seattle and San Francisco, among other major cities, to enact such law.

May 25, 2012  

Bulk Handling buys PET recycling equipment maker National Recovery Technologies

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), which manufactures and installs sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries, has acquired PET bottle and flake sorting equipment maker…

May 21, 2012  

Flexible packager Interflex sold to private equity firm

U.S.-based specialty flexible packaging manufacturer Interflex has been acquired by private equity firm Nicolet Capital Partners.

May 19, 2012  

Hawaii imposing statewide ban on plastic bags

Hawaii is slated to become the first U.S. state to ban plastic bags at checkouts in every county.

March 28, 2012  

Dart Container buys Solo Cup

In a deal between two of North America’s largest thermoformers, Dart Container Corporation is purchasing Solo Cup Company for US$1 billion.

March 28, 2012  

Amcor Rigid Plastics expands multilayer PP bottle capacity in Canada and the U.S.

Driven by what it calls “strong market demand”, plastic packager Amcor Rigid Plastics has announced a multi-million-dollar dollar capacity expansion of extrusion blow molded polypropylene (PP) bottle capacity in Canada and in the…

March 26, 2012  

Amcor buys Indian flexible packager Uniglobe

In a bid to expand its footprint in India, Australia-based PET packaging supplier Amcor Ltd. has acquired Uniglobe Packaging Private Ltd. for US$20.7 million. Uniglobe is based 150 km north of Mumbai, and produces flexible packaging for the…

March 22, 2012  

Quebec molder gets $500,000 federal grant

As part of a federal plan to foster economic growth, Quebec-based container manufacturer Plastique Micron Inc. has been awarded a $500,000 repayable grant to help it diversify.

March 12, 2012  

Canadian blow molder Vanga Products bought by U.S. competitor

Vanga Products Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of high-density polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate bottles and jars for the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries, has been purchased by U.S.-based competitor Alpha Packaging.

February 27, 2012  

Flexible Packaging Association announces annual award winners

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has announced the winning entries of its 2012 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards.