Research & Development

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.

February 27, 2017 News

SPE names latest Antec award winners

by Canadian Plastics

The SPE’s most distinguished award, the International Award, will be given to Dr. Tadamoto Sakai, a compounding and processing expert.

January 24, 2017 News

JEC announces winners of Innovation Awards

by Canadian Plastics

France-based composite organization the JEC Group has unveiled the names of the 13 winners of the 2017 JEC Innovation Awards, which reward the best composite breakthroughs based on their technical interest, market potential, partnerships, financial and environmental impact and originality. A high number of submissions to the annual

December 8, 2016 Feature

TRONOPLAST TECHNOLOGIES has a mandate to innovate

by Canadian Plastics

As part of its mandate to devote serious resources to R&D, film extrusion technology supplier Tronoplast Technologies Inc. has relocated and expanded.

December 3, 2016 News

ACS Group opens Wisconsin technology centre

by Canadian Plastics

Auxiliary equipment supplier ACS Group has opened a new state-of-the-art technology centre, just down the road from its primary manufacturing operation New Berlin, Wis. According to ACS, the goal of the centre is to provide a customer showcase for products,

November 19, 2016 News

Ontario gov’t creating two new growth programs for SMEs

by Canadian Plastics

With a total value of $61 million, the programs will help Ontario firms scale up and test products and services.

October 18, 2016 News

SPE picks annual thermoforming parts competition winners

by Canadian Plastics

Profile Plastics, headquartered in Lake Bluff, Ill., wins big for its “surgical system cover set.”

August 15, 2016 News

Global medical composite materials market to grow nearly 7% by 2020: report

by Canadian Plastics

Growth will be driven by demand for artificial limbs, the report said.

August 7, 2016 News

Ontario, Michigan sign automotive cooperation agreement

by Canadian Plastics

Once North America’s undisputed automotive heartland, the region is now facing heavy competition from southern states offering big incentives for automotive companies.

July 26, 2016 News

Plastics reduce environmental costs by nearly four times compared to alternatives: report

by Canadian Plastics

Despite a widespread perception to the contrary, the environmental cost of using plastics in consumer goods and packaging is nearly four times less than if plastics were replaced with alternative materials, a new study reports. The study, by market research