Category
Research & Development


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.

January 11, 2018 Feature

Montreal start-up wants to fast-track your R&D

by Canadian Plastics

AxiPolymer Inc., a new product development firm that specializes in the polymer industry, is on a mission to help small and mid-sized plastics companies design and develop innovative products.

October 16, 2017 News

DowDuPont Specialty Products names 2017 Pedersen award medalists

by Canadian Plastics

DowDuPont’s Specialty Products division has named three outstanding scientists as 2017 Pedersen Award Medalists, which is given in recognition of individuals who have made technical contributions that have delivered significant value to customers. Paul Fagan, of Wilmington, Delaware, is being

September 7, 2017 News

SPE cancels Florida conference over Hurricane Irma threat

by Canadian Plastics

Hurricane Irma has forced the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division to cancel the 26th annual SPE Thermoforming Conference, which had been scheduled for September 11-13 in Orlando, Fla.

June 18, 2017 News

Six Quebec aerospace companies get federal funding

by Canadian Plastics

The six companies, which provide aerospace parts and services, will benefit from funding announced by Canada’s innovation minister at the Paris Air Show.

May 13, 2017 News

Thermo Fisher to buy Patheon in $5.2 billion deal

by Canadian Plastics

Scientific instrument maker Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is buying Dutch drug ingredients maker Patheon for US$5.2 billion, in a bid to expand its contract drug development and manufacturing business. In a statement, Waltham, Mass.-based Thermo Fisher said it will benefit

April 12, 2017 News

Plastics Industry Association hires chief economist

by Canadian Plastics

Perc Pineda to serve as staff expert on economics, statistics, and industry research.