Canadian Plastics

Research & Development

June 2, 2019  

Customer Relationship Management software gets smart

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

May 7, 2019  

Polymers give early warning signs of stress

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  

Montreal researchers create plastic from lobster shells

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

February 19, 2019  

PTI, Haney partner to help brand owners with packaging requirements

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

January 2, 2019  

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

Using sunlight to make polymers

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  

Magna launches new global automotive design competition

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  

Magna wins three innovation awards from SPE Europe

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  

“Infinitely” recyclable plastic invented

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  

PTi opens technology development centre at Illinois headquarters

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

April 18, 2018  

Plastic-eating protein created in British lab could revolutionize recycling

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  

Three Canadians among nine new SPE “Fellows”

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  

SPE to honour three industry leaders at Antec 2018

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  

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

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  

DowDuPont Specialty Products names 2017 Pedersen award medalists

DowDuPont’s Specialty Products division has named three outstanding scientists

September 7, 2017  

SPE cancels Florida conference over Hurricane Irma threat

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  

Six Quebec aerospace companies get federal funding

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  

Thermo Fisher to buy Patheon in $5.2 billion deal

Scientific instrument maker Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is buying

April 12, 2017  

Plastics Industry Association hires chief economist

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

February 27, 2017  

SPE names latest Antec award winners

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