Research & Development
New 3D printing technology produces “living” polymersby Canadian Plastics
Researchers in Australia and New Zealand have successfully merged 3D/4D printing with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, with huge potential for fields as diverse as recycling and biomedicine.
Chinese cargo vessels responsible for most plastic debris in Atlantic Ocean, study saysby 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.
World-first surgery uses Aussie biopolymer in heart valve implantby 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.
RTP Co. offering free engineered thermoplastics workshops in Montreal, Torontoby Canadian Plastics
The free, one-day workshops will teach about thermoplastic compounds and provide valuable information regarding material selection.
Danish automation supplier OnRobot comes to North Americaby 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.
RJG partners with college to open injection molding training facility in Nebraskaby 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.
Ford global director Michael J. Whitens wins SPE Lifetime Achievement Awardby 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.
SPE Thermoforming Division awards scholarships to five studentsby Canadian Plastics
The recipients are four undergraduates and one graduate student, and will support their continuing studies and active participation in plastics.
Customer Relationship Management software gets smartby Canadian Plastics
A new machine learning solution from Montreal-based AxiPolymer Inc. is designed to boost the effectiveness of CRM software.
Polymers give early warning signs of stressby 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.
Montreal researchers create plastic from lobster shellsby Canadian Plastics
McGill University researchers have developed a new chemical process that could turn lobster, shrimp, and crab shells into biodegradable plastic.
PTI, Haney partner to help brand owners with packaging requirementsby Canadian Plastics
The two packaging technology providers are teaming up to help brand owners launch
commercially-successful packages faster via turnkey assistance.
Here’s a first: BASF is making products with chemically recycled plasticsby Canadian Plastics
The German chemical maker is breaking new ground in the circular economy with plastic waste as a source of raw materials.
Using sunlight to make polymersby 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.
Magna launches new global automotive design competitionby 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.
Magna wins three innovation awards from SPE Europeby 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.
“Infinitely” recyclable plastic inventedby 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.
PTi opens technology development centre at Illinois headquartersby Canadian Plastics
Part of a $10 million expansion, the new centre provides customers with demonstration trials on production-scale sheet extrusion systems.
Plastic-eating protein created in British lab could revolutionize recyclingby 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.
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.