October 8, 2019 News

Quebec’s Polykar adds third W&H multi-layer co-extrusion line

by Canadian Plastics

The new Optimex machine adds 7 million pounds to Polykar’s existing film production.

October 7, 2019 News

Consumer goods giant Unilever vows to halve virgin plastics use by 2025

by Canadian Plastics

The business, whose brands include Dove, Ben & Jerry’s and Lipton, said it would achieve this by cutting its “absolute use of plastic packaging” by over 100,000 tonnes and “accelerating its use of recycled plastic.”

September 19, 2019 News

Manitoba Premier promises plastic bag ban

by Canadian Plastics

The province’s newly re-elected Progressive Conservative government plans to consult with private industry on how to proceed with the ban.

September 18, 2019 News

Quebec label maker Labelink buys Labelix

by Canadian Plastics

Labelix, headquartered in Granby, Que., supplies pressure-sensitive labels.

September 18, 2019 News

California lawmakers fail to pass bills to phase out single-use plastics

by Canadian Plastics

The two bills, SB 54 and companion legislation AB 1080, sought to eliminate 75 per cent of single-use containers in the state by 2030.

September 17, 2019 News

Montreal flexible packager Licaplast buys PE bag maker M’Plast

by Canadian Plastics

M’Plast, which is also headquartered in Montreal, specializes in the manufacturing, impression and transformation of polyethylene film into bags or U-Film for a range of end markets.

September 9, 2019 News

Polykar plans to build new manufacturing plant in Edmonton

by Canadian Plastics

The proposed 50,000-square-foot facility will add about 30 million pounds of production capacity to the Montreal-based packaging supplier’s product lines.

September 6, 2019 News

TC Transcontinental buys majority stake in Ecuador-based banana industry film supplier Trilex

by Canadian Plastics

Trilex has about 170 workers and supplies plastics packaging and farm plastics used for protection and pest control.

September 3, 2019 News

Berlin Packaging acquires Netherlands-based Vincap and Adolfse Packaging

by Canadian Plastics

The purchase will augment Chicago-based Berlin Packaging’s position as a major packaging distributor in Europe.

August 28, 2019 News

Marriott bans single-use shampoo, bath gel plastic bottles

by Canadian Plastics

Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain, estimates that the switch will prevent an estimated 1.7 million pounds of plastic going to landfills each year.

August 23, 2019 News

Quebec EPS resin maker StyroChem sold to PMC Capital

by Canadian Plastics

StyroChem makes EPS materials for food service, packaging, construction, casting, and specialty applications, and has annual revenues of approximately $100 million.

August 20, 2019 News

Toy maker Hasbro to phase out plastic packaging

by Canadian Plastics

Beginning next year, the company will start eliminating plastic from all new toy and game packaging, a transition that’s expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

August 19, 2019 News

Toronto packaging supplier Starplex Scientific sold to Pretium Packaging

by Canadian Plastics

Starplex, which also operates a manufacturing plant in Tennessee, molds plastics products that include leak-resistant sterilized containers, biological sampling swabs, and pharmaceutical grade containers and closures.

August 12, 2019 News

Kohlberg completes acquisition of Bemis Healthcare Packaging Europe

by Canadian Plastics

Bemis Healthcare Packaging operates facilities in Clara, Ireland; Derry, Northern Ireland, UK; and Elsham, UK.

August 8, 2019 News

McDonald’s new paper straws aren’t recyclable, company admits

by Canadian Plastics

The fast food company switched its straws from plastic to paper in June 2018, but says the new straws are too thick to recycle.

August 7, 2019 News

Sobeys plans to remove plastic bags from all stores in 2020

by Canadian Plastics

The Stellarton, N.S.-based national grocery chain said it will adopt paper and reusable bags at its 255 outlets across the country by January.

July 31, 2019 News

Holiday Inn owner InterContinental hotels ditching plastic mini shampoo bottles

by Canadian Plastics

Hotel company InterContinental Group (IHG), which owns Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton, is eliminating miniature plastic bottles from all of its 843,000 guest rooms across the globe. In a July 30 statement, the British-based company said that it will

July 29, 2019 News

P.E.I. becomes the first province to ban plastic bags

by Canadian Plastics

The province’s Plastic Bag Reduction Act officially came into effect earlier this month, and prohibits businesses from offering single-use plastic bags at the checkout.

July 22, 2019 News

Clariant selling healthcare packaging business to Arsenal Capital

by Canadian Plastics

The business unit – which generated sales of around 135 million Swiss francs in 2018 – has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., France, China and India, and employs approximately 600 employees.

July 17, 2019 News

Pretium Packaging invests $2 million in PET blow molding equipment for Alabama plant

by Canadian Plastics

The new equipment has the capability of producing containers ranging from 6oz to 2L and finishes from 24 to 45 mm.