Canadian Plastics


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.

April 3, 2020  

TC Transcontinental Packaging working to support “critical” food sector during COVID-19 crisis

The Montreal-based company said that it’s meeting the requirements of government guidelines, and adjusting its safety practices to ensure continuity of operations as a vital packaging provider to essential services and industries.

April 2, 2020  

Wales announces plan to ban single-use plastics

Plastic straws, cotton buds and balloon sticks are among the items set to be outlawed in the UK country from 2021, or subject to sales restrictions.

April 1, 2020  

Tetra Laval Group donating 10 million euros towards COVID-19 relief efforts

The Swiss-based multinational conglomerate is donating to various voluntary organizations that support healthcare systems across the countries it operates in.

March 23, 2020  

Klöckner Pentaplast completes major pharma capacity expansion in Brazil

A new state-of-the-art coating line has increased the company’s pharmaceutical packaging film coating capacity for South America by over 30 per cent.

March 19, 2020  

ProMach acquires blister pack maker Pharmaworks

In a bid to beef up its portfolio of

March 17, 2020  

Good Natured Products buys Shepherd Thermoforming & Packaging

The $9.5 million acquisition includes all of Shepherd Thermoforming’s assets, including machinery, molds, and a 42,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Brampton, Ont.

March 16, 2020  

Starbucks trials NextGen Cup solution in Vancouver

The cup, which is also being tested in five other cities, features an innovative cup liner made from the bioplastic BioPBS, which makes the cup certified compostable and recyclable.

March 15, 2020  

New Jersey legislators vote to ban single-use plastic bags

But the legislation still needs the New Jersey state Assembly to pass its own version of the law and have Democrat governor Philip Murphy sign it before it’s enacted.  

March 11, 2020  

GN Thermoforming appoints new sales manager for Mexico, Central and South America

New hire Alberto Capodicasa has many years of experience in various sales positions, most recently as regional sales manager with LED Roadway Lighting Ltd.

March 11, 2020  

Kautex Machines names Admir Dobraca as new CEO

Dobraca succeeds Bill Farrant, who had served as CEO of the extrusion blow molding machinery maker from 2010 to early 2020.

February 27, 2020  

Restaurant giant Yum Brands to phase out EPS packaging by 2022

After being lobbied by a non-profit organization, Yum Brands – which owns the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Kentucky Fried Chicken global restaurant chains – has also committed to making all of its packaging fully compostable or reusable by 2025.

February 27, 2020  

TC Transcontinental launches plastic recycling operations within packaging group

The recycling group will vertically integrate the recycling of plastics in TC Transcontinental’s packaging production chain in Canada, the U.S., and Latin America.

February 25, 2020  

Blow molder Pretium invests $3 million in equipment for Ohio plant

The investment is being made in HDPE extrusion blow molding equipment and infrastructure for Pretium’s Leipsic, Ohio manufacturing plant.

February 25, 2020  

Flexible packaging demand in Asia hit by sluggish regional economy, report says

According to Wood Mackenzie’s report, ‘Flexible Packaging Asia Supply Demand Report’, the region’s largest markets – China and India – experienced significant disruptions in 2019.

February 24, 2020  

Aptar buying cosmetics industry supplier Fusion Packaging

Founded in 2004, Dallas-based Fusion employs approximately 100 people worldwide and generated sales of approximately $80 million last year.

February 24, 2020  

Quebec unveils recycling program that targets producers

Under the new plan, producers of containers, packaging, and printed matter – including plastics – will be responsible for a product throughout its entire life cycle. They will be in charge of the recovery, sorting, packaging, and recycling of their products.

February 19, 2020  

ProAmpac to build new collaboration and innovation centre in New York

The flexible packaging manufacturer’s new 25,000 square-foot facility near Rochester, N.Y. will be opened by mid-2021.

February 17, 2020  

Thin wall packaging industry is globally fragmented but gaining on aluminium and glass, report says

Thin wall packaging accounts for 12 per cent of the global packaging production, the report from AMI Consulting concludes, equivalent to 18 million tonnes.

February 11, 2020  

Intertape Polymer signs agreement to acquire Nortech Packaging

Chicago-based Nortech manufactures and services automated packaging machines under the Nortech Packaging and Tishma Technologies brands.