Canadian Plastics

Research & Development

May 13, 2020  

Using satellites to identify floating plastic waste

A new technique developed by English researchers uses satellites to detect plastics floating on the sea surface, and distinguish it from naturally occurring floating materials such as seaweed.

May 11, 2020  

New technique uses fluorescent dye to identify aging polymers

Researchers have developed a method to visualize variations in polymers that arise with age, allowing for the possibility detect and replace aged parts before they fail.

May 11, 2020  

Nova Chemicals and Enerkem collaborate to close the loop on plastics recycling

The two Canadian firms are teaming up to explore turning non-recyclable and non-compostable municipal waste – including items made from #3-7 plastics – into ethylene at full commercial scale.

May 8, 2020  

Researchers create a new way to paint 3D-printed objects

Developed by engineers at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the new coating technique reaches nooks and crannies.

May 8, 2020  

New recycling method could make polyurethane materials sustainable

Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota have improved the recycling process of polyurethane by developing a twin-screw extrusion process that improves mixing and air removal.

May 6, 2020  

Israeli scientists develop polymer-based anti-COVID-19 surface coating

Scientists from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are currently developing anti-viral coatings for surfaces that could potentially reduce the spread of COVID-19.

March 18, 2020  

Toronto researchers turn waste cooking oil from McDonald’s into high-end 3D printing resin

Using waste cooking oil has significant potential, the researchers say: it’s cheaper to make and the plastics made from it can break down naturally compared to conventional 3D printing resins.

March 10, 2020  

FedDev Ontario investing $5.2 million for CME to deliver program to help small and mid-size businesses

Called the Technology Assessment Program, CME will provide up to 175 SMEs in southern Ontario with in-depth productivity and technology assessments designed to encourage investments in new technologies.

March 9, 2020  

Suit inspired by Batman could protect wearers from coronavirus

Beijing design firm Penda has invented a shield-like suit with advanced coronavirus-fighting capabilities that it says can protect wearers from the potentially deadly virus.

March 2, 2020  

Researchers develop revolutionary reversible 4D printing process

A technique developed by researchers at Singapore University of Technology and Design allows 4D-printed objects to resume their original shape.

February 24, 2020  

New polymer patch can mend a broken heart

Bioengineers at the Trinity College in Dublin have developed a prototype polymer-based patch that could be used to repair damaged heart tissue following a heart attack.

February 19, 2020  

ProAmpac to build new collaboration and innovation centre in New York

The flexible packaging manufacturer’s new 25,000 square-foot facility near Rochester, N.Y. will be opened by mid-2021.

February 10, 2020  

Polymer-based, 3D-printed pericardial tissue project could save lives

A new three-year research project is developing biomimetic polymers that can imitate the mechanical properties of pericardial tissue, with the goal of making artificially produced implants for heart disease patients who are waiting for a donor organ.

December 30, 2019  

HRSFlow and RJG partner to provide advanced process control

By combining HRSflow’s servo-driven FLEXflow hot runner with RJG’s sensors and eDART controller, the two companies say they’re able to sequence mold filling based on what’s actually happening inside the mold cavity.

December 17, 2019  

Ontario investing $3 million in training pilot for automotive, advanced manufacturing

The program will provide short duration training to help unemployed, underutilized workers, or those at-risk of being laid off.

November 27, 2019  

DSM and Shapeways partner to develop scalable 3D printing solutions

DSM said the partnership will allow it to utilize Shapeways’ technology to “harness the power of on-demand 3D printing at scale, with just a small line of code.”

November 22, 2019  

New 3D printing technology produces “living” polymers

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.

October 2, 2019  

Chinese cargo vessels responsible for most plastic debris in Atlantic Ocean, study says

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.

October 2, 2019  

World-first surgery uses Aussie biopolymer in heart valve implant

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.

September 23, 2019  

RTP Co. offering free engineered thermoplastics workshops in Montreal, Toronto

The free, one-day workshops will teach about thermoplastic compounds and provide valuable information regarding material selection.

September 3, 2019  

Danish automation supplier OnRobot comes to North America

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.

August 30, 2019  

RJG partners with college to open injection molding training facility in Nebraska

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.

August 21, 2019  

Ford global director Michael J. Whitens wins SPE Lifetime Achievement Award

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.

July 9, 2019  

SPE Thermoforming Division awards scholarships to five students

The recipients are four undergraduates and one graduate student, and will support their continuing studies and active participation in plastics.

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.