Category
Research & Development


October 2, 2019 News

Chinese cargo vessels responsible for most plastic debris in Atlantic Ocean, study says

by Canadian Plastics

A new study involving a Canadian researcher suggests that Chinese merchant ships – and not land-based sources – might be the leading cause of ocean plastic waste.

October 2, 2019 Feature

World-first surgery uses Aussie biopolymer in heart valve implant

by Canadian Plastics

A U.S. patient has successfully received a polymer heart valve jointly developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and medical device company Foldax Inc.

September 23, 2019 News

RTP Co. offering free engineered thermoplastics workshops in Montreal, Toronto

by Canadian Plastics

The free, one-day workshops will teach about thermoplastic compounds and provide valuable information regarding material selection.

September 3, 2019 Feature

Danish automation supplier OnRobot comes to North America

by Canadian Plastics

The end-of-arm tooling maker for collaborative robot applications has opened a new R&D office in Los Angeles as part of its push into the U.S. and Canadian markets.

August 30, 2019 News

RJG partners with college to open injection molding training facility in Nebraska

by Canadian Plastics

Training supplier RJG and Nebraska’s Central Community College will be opening a new training facility in the town of Grand Island in the beginning of 2020, with RJG’s curriculum becoming part of the college’s program.

August 21, 2019 News

Ford global director Michael J. Whitens wins SPE Lifetime Achievement Award

by Canadian Plastics

A retired automotive industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Whitens spent the majority of his career at Ford in various body engineering disciplines.

July 9, 2019 News

SPE Thermoforming Division awards scholarships to five students

by Canadian Plastics

The recipients are four undergraduates and one graduate student, and will support their continuing studies and active participation in plastics.

June 2, 2019 Feature

Customer Relationship Management software gets smart

by Canadian Plastics

A new machine learning solution from Montreal-based AxiPolymer Inc. is designed to boost the effectiveness of CRM software.

May 7, 2019 Feature

Polymers give early warning signs of stress

by Canadian Plastics

Researchers from Switzerland’s University of Fribourg and Japan’s Hokkaido University have devised a polymer with a sensor molecule that glows when it’s stretched, signalling that mechanical stress is building towards a catastrophic part failure.

March 26, 2019 Feature

Montreal researchers create plastic from lobster shells

by Canadian Plastics

McGill University researchers have developed a new chemical process that could turn lobster, shrimp, and crab shells into biodegradable plastic.

February 19, 2019 News

PTI, Haney partner to help brand owners with packaging requirements

by Canadian Plastics

The two packaging technology providers are teaming up to help brand owners launch
commercially-successful packages faster via turnkey assistance.

January 2, 2019 Feature

Here’s a first: BASF is making products with chemically recycled plastics

by Canadian Plastics

The German chemical maker is breaking new ground in the circular economy with plastic waste as a source of raw materials.

December 18, 2018 Feature

Using sunlight to make polymers

by Canadian Plastics

Researchers at Rice University are developing a way to use sunlight to grow functional synthetic polymers using photosensitive quantum dots as a catalyst.

December 3, 2018 News

Magna launches new global automotive design competition

by Canadian Plastics

The competition calls for entries from students around the world, with the winner to be announced during the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

July 17, 2018 News

Magna wins three innovation awards from SPE Europe

by Canadian Plastics

A thermoplastic liftgate takes top spot in the body exteriors category, a carbon fibre subframe wins first place in the chassis category, and a thin-wall torsional welding process wins the enabling technology category.

June 28, 2018 Feature

“Infinitely” recyclable plastic invented

by Canadian Plastics

A new type of plastic developed by scientists at Colorado State University can – in theory, at least – be recycled over and over again.

April 23, 2018 News

PTi opens technology development centre at Illinois headquarters

by Canadian Plastics

Part of a $10 million expansion, the new centre provides customers with demonstration trials on production-scale sheet extrusion systems.

April 18, 2018 News

Plastic-eating protein created in British lab could revolutionize recycling

by Canadian Plastics

A new enzyme is able to effectively break down PET, one of the most popular forms of plastic employed by the food and drinks industry.

February 27, 2018 News

Three Canadians among nine new SPE “Fellows”

by Canadian Plastics

Three Canadian researchers are among the new inductees being recognized by the Society of Plastics Engineers for their contributions to the industry organization.

February 23, 2018 News

SPE to honour three industry leaders at Antec 2018

by Canadian Plastics

Philip David Coates, Dr. Rajen M. Patel, and John Beaumont are being awarded by the SPE for outstanding contributions to the industry.