Research & Development
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DowDuPont Specialty Products names 2017 Pedersen award medalists
DowDuPont’s Specialty Products division has named three outstanding scientists…
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.
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.
Thermo Fisher to buy Patheon in $5.2 billion deal
Scientific instrument maker Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is buying…
Plastics Industry Association hires chief economist
Perc Pineda to serve as staff expert on economics, statistics, and industry research.
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.