Canadian Plastics

Research & Development

January 7, 2022  

Recycled plastic dishwasher component proves a big point

German researchers have demonstrated that recycled plastic can perform similarly to virgin plastic if the recyclate is processed efficiently.

December 30, 2021  

3D-printed plastic knee brace gives relief for the elderly

The new X-Brace was developed in a collaboration between engineering firm Delsson and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

December 15, 2021  

Government of Canada invests in Montreal recycler Polystyvert

The $3.5-million investment is being made through the Sustainable Development Technology Canada foundation.

December 13, 2021  

DSM and partners earn SPE award for using recycled ocean plastic in Ford SUV

The wiring harness clips are also the first of many potential uses by Ford for recycled ocean plastics in a major vehicle platform.

December 3, 2021  

Milacron donates equipment to Ohio university for plastics engineering program

The equipment allows students at Shawnee State University’s plastics engineering technology program to develop skills.

November 15, 2021  

Ontario firms Aduro, Switch Energy partner to recycle agricultural plastics

The companies are in discussions about building a pilot plant in Sarnia to recover polyethylene and polypropylene used in agriculture.

November 8, 2021  

Coca‑Cola unveils first 100 per cent plant-based plastic beverage bottle

A limited run of approximately 900 of the prototype bottles have been produced.

November 2, 2021  

Oil companies are ploughing money into fossil-fuelled plastics production at a record rate – new research

As traditional demands for oil are declining as the transport sector is increasingly electrified, the oil industry is seeing plastics as a key output that can make up for losses in other markets.

November 1, 2021  

Researchers turn sulfur into self-extinguishing flame-retardant plastics

Developed at the University of Arizona, the high-end thermoplastic elastomer is rubbery, elastic, and moldable compared to stiffer plastics.

October 25, 2021  

B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy is now operational

The Centre aims to bring together innovators, industry, governments and academics to accelerate the commercialization and scale-up of B.C.-based clean energy technologies.

October 25, 2021  

Scientists want to develop visible radiation-resistant bioplastics for optical applications

The materials have to be able to withstand emitted radiation at the short-wave end of the visible spectrum.

October 20, 2021  

Toy maker Spin Master creates $100-million venture capital fund

The new Spin Master Ventures fund will make strategic minority investments in toys, entertainment, and digital games.

October 12, 2021  

Self-destructing plastic wins design contest award

The technology involves embedding polyester-eating enzymes in the plastic that, once triggered, cause it to completely degrade in days.

October 6, 2021  

GM building giant battery development lab in Detroit suburb

The automaker is working on several new battery chemistries, including solid state, which have solid conducting material instead of the liquid electrolyte.

October 4, 2021  

SPE thermoforming division announces parts competition winners

Quebec molder Plastique Art won the ‘Vacuum Forming – Gold’ award for an enclosure assembly of eight thermoformed parts that house a high-end intensive care unit ventilator.

September 28, 2021  

The Circular Plastics Taskforce completes Phase I of its initiative to support a circular economy for plastics

The goal of Phase I was to conduct a detailed mapping of the value chain of the plastics recycling industry in Quebec, to determine market needs and to establish optimization hypotheses.

September 22, 2021  

Microsoft, Sabic partner on new mouse with 20 per cent recycled ocean plastic shell

The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is Microsoft’s first product made with recycled ocean plastic.

September 14, 2021  

Genomatica and lululemon collaborate to develop plant-based nylon for apparels

Nylon is the largest volume of synthetic material currently used to make lululemon products.

September 13, 2021  

McMaster Innovation Park announces mandatory vaccination policy

The policy at the research and innovation park in Hamilton, Ontario takes effect on Nov. 1.

September 8, 2021  

Scientists develop mathematical modeling tool to predict polymer properties

The tool will allow researchers to predict the properties of polymer networks before they’re even created.

September 1, 2021  

Researchers develop new laminate that changes colour when deformed

The colour change alerts people to a possible material failure at an early stage.

August 25, 2021  

Cascades launching 100% recycled packaging for its Fluff & Tuff product line

The new packaging for the bathroom tissue brand is also recyclable.

August 16, 2021  

New lightning protection system for thermoplastic wind turbine blades

Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have designed a way to protect thermally welded wind turbine blades from failure caused by lightning strikes.

August 12, 2021  

NGen announces $40 million automotive zero-emissions manufacturing challenge

The supercluster to invest up to $20 million in R&D projects for battery and fuel cell electric vehicles.

August 11, 2021  

Feds invest in first made-in-Canada electric vehicle

The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association is getting $5 million in funding through FedDev Ontario to support Project Arrow.

August 11, 2021  

Online plastics platform Knowde gets $72 million in financing

The Series B financing is being led by technology investment firm Coatue.

August 9, 2021  

Volkswagen turns to acrylic resin for new black and white emblems

A combination of two Plexiglas Hi-Gloss materials is used by Austrian automotive supplier Ulbrichts GmbH to create the emblem’s modern look.

August 3, 2021  

Researchers develop pine sap-based thermally stable plastic

A Florida State University research team’s discovery of a new plastic derived from pine sap has the potential to be a gamechanger for new sustainable materials.

July 28, 2021  

Turning automotive plastic waste into new sustainable materials

A new research project involving Eastman shows how to recycle automotive-industry mixed plastic waste in the automotive supply chain.

July 26, 2021  

A new water-based solution for recovering add-on value from waste plastic

Ontario-based Aduro Clean Technologies has developed a novel chemical conversion process to transform waste plastics into renewable fuels and specialty chemicals.

July 16, 2021  

The ocean is full of tiny plastic particles – we found a way to track them with satellites

To understand how microplastic pollution is affecting the ocean, scientists need to know how much is there and where it is accumulating.

July 16, 2021  

StackTeck optimizes TRIM pail design to pass UN test standards

The pails are eight per cent lighter than a benchmarked industry standard five-gallon pail, while meeting UN standards 7.4 (drop test) and 7.5 (compression test).