Research & Development

January 14, 2015 News

Startup firms to get more exhibiting space at NPE2015

by Canadian Plastics

The “Startup Garage” at the upcoming NPE2015 trade show is being expanded due to stronger-than-anticipated interest. The Garage is a program co-developed by show producer SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, and designed to provide startup firms with prominently located

January 1, 2015 News

Conair opens extrusion lab in Michigan

by Canadian Plastics

Auxiliary equipment maker Conair Group has opened an 8,000-square-foot lab dedicated to extrusion development and testing, at its facility in Pinconning, Mich. The Conair Extrusion Development & Testing Lab houses four production scale extruders and is staffed by three full-time

December 16, 2014 News

Shale gas development in Quebec too risky: environmental report

by Canadian Plastics

Exploiting Quebec’s shale gas deposits is not worth the risk, the province’s environmental review board has concluded. A new report from the agency stated there are too many potential negative consequences to the environment and to society from extracting natural

December 15, 2014 News

Magna, Ford help startups with tech mentor program

by Canadian Plastics

Aurora, Ont.-based auto parts supplier Magna International Inc. is partnering with Ford Motor Co., Verizon Telematics, Inc. and Techstars, a mentor-driven seed stage investment organization, to launch a program designed to assist startup companies. Called “Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit”,

December 14, 2014 News

World’s oceans filled with “microplastic”: study

by Canadian Plastics

So-called “microplastic” makes up the vast bulk of plastic litter in the world’s oceans, a new study has concluded. According to research firm 5 Gyres Institute, ninety-two percent of the plastic debris in the oceans are tiny particles from larger

December 10, 2014 News

Canadians among nine new inductees into Plastics Hall of Fame

by Canadian Plastics

Two Canadians are among the nine industry veterans who will be inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be hosted in Orlando, Fla. at the NPE2015 trade show in March. Terry Browitt and Manfred Lupke will

November 27, 2014 News

Plastics companies among Ontario Export Award winners

by Canadian Plastics

Two plastics processors are among the winners at the inaugural Ontario Export Awards.

November 25, 2014 News

3D Systems buys 3D design firm Cimatron

by Canadian Plastics

3D printer maker 3D Systems Corp is buying Cimatron Ltd for approximately US$97 million to strengthen its position in the fast-growing 3D design and manufacturing business.

November 19, 2014 News

Expoplast trade show opens in Montreal

by Canadian Plastics

Canada’s only plastics trade show in 2014 has kicked off in Montreal.

November 18, 2014 News

DSM opens international research centre for innovative materials

by Canadian Plastics

Material supplier Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands.

November 17, 2014 News

A. Schulman to shutter Ohio concentrates and additives plant

by Canadian Plastics

Compound and resin supplier A. Schulman Inc. is closing a color concentrates and additives plant in Stryker, Ohio, in April 2015 and shifting the plant’s production to other facilities in North America.

November 14, 2014 News

GE to build advanced manufacturing centre near Pittsburgh

by Canadian Plastics

General Electric Co. will invest US$32 million in a new additive manufacturing facility in Pittsburgh, Pa., that will help the manufacturer’s business units develop and implement 3-D printing, as well as other innovative technologies.

November 10, 2014 News

Sheridan College partners with Cimetrix Solutions for 3D printing

by Canadian Plastics

3D printing equipment supplier Cimetrix Solutions Inc. has donated a fully equipped training system, valued at $300,000, to Ontario’s Sheridan College.

November 7, 2014 Feature

The latest ANTIMICROBIALS for plastics

by Canadian Plastics

Microbes may be nothing more than tiny single-celled organisms, but they’re harder to kill than Rasputin. They’re resilient enough, in fact, that scientists have revived them from fossils more than 250 million years old. They also…

November 5, 2014 News

Milacron partners with Trexel on MuCell injection technology

by Canadian Plastics

Processing equipment maker Milacron LLC is partnering with Trexel Inc. to incorporate the MuCell microcellular foam injection molding technology into Milacron injection molding machines.

October 22, 2014 News

SPE calls for Thermoformer of the Year nominations

by Canadian Plastics

Nominations are now open for the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) annual Thermoformer of the Year Award. 

October 21, 2014 News

Celanese buys conductive polymers maker Cool Polymers

by Canadian Plastics

In a bid to improve its profile in the conductive polymers markets, materials supplier Celanese Corp. has acquired most of the assets of conductive polymers maker Cool Polymers Inc.

October 20, 2014 News

Ireland-based OnePlastics Group brand covers seven different plastics firms

by Canadian Plastics

A Dublin, Ireland-based company with multi-faceted operations across three countries has been launched in a move to unify its businesses into a single plastics brand.

October 18, 2014 News

SPI expanding 3D printing pavilion at NPE2015

by Canadian Plastics

The 3D printing section of the upcoming NPE2015 trade show just got larger, as show management is expanding floor space to accommodate new exhibitors.

October 6, 2014 News

SPE announces thermoforming parts competition winners

by Canadian Plastics

One of the latest developments in bowling equipment technology – heavy duty equipment used to arrange and re-set bowling pins – has also picked up three awards in the parts competition at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)…