Research & Development
Startup firms to get more exhibiting space at NPE2015by 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…
Conair opens extrusion lab in Michiganby 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…
Shale gas development in Quebec too risky: environmental reportby 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…
Magna, Ford help startups with tech mentor programby 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”,…
World’s oceans filled with “microplastic”: studyby 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…
Canadians among nine new inductees into Plastics Hall of Fameby 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…
Plastics companies among Ontario Export Award winnersby Canadian Plastics
Two plastics processors are among the winners at the inaugural Ontario Export Awards.
3D Systems buys 3D design firm Cimatronby 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.
Expoplast trade show opens in Montrealby Canadian Plastics
Canada’s only plastics trade show in 2014 has kicked off in Montreal.
DSM opens international research centre for innovative materialsby 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.
A. Schulman to shutter Ohio concentrates and additives plantby 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.
GE to build advanced manufacturing centre near Pittsburghby 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.
Sheridan College partners with Cimetrix Solutions for 3D printingby 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.
The latest ANTIMICROBIALS for plasticsby 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…
Milacron partners with Trexel on MuCell injection technologyby 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.
SPE calls for Thermoformer of the Year nominationsby Canadian Plastics
Nominations are now open for the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) annual Thermoformer of the Year Award.
Celanese buys conductive polymers maker Cool Polymersby 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.
Ireland-based OnePlastics Group brand covers seven different plastics firmsby 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.
SPI expanding 3D printing pavilion at NPE2015by 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.
SPE announces thermoforming parts competition winnersby 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)…