Research & Development
Budget 2015 targets manufacturing sector, small business in particularby Canadian Plastics
New budget offers renewed capital cost allowance program, small business tax cut, export opportunity spending, and funds for women and young entrepreneurs.
Global 3D printing market expanded to $4 billion in 2014: reportby Canadian Plastics
The global market for additive manufacturing and 3D printing grew 35.2 per cent, and expanded by more than US$1 billion, to US$4.1 billion in 2014, according to a new report by market research firm Wohlers Associates Inc. The compound annual…
U of T prof among new SPE Fellowsby Canadian Plastics
SPE to honor five at ANTEC 2015
Program offers $13.5 million for start-up fundingby Canadian Plastics
Canada’s federal government has earmarked $13.5 million in funding to help entrepreneurs and start-up technology firms access resources and expertise to develop their business plan, seek follow-on financing and cultivate new international markets for products and services. The funding will…
Lightweight concept from Ford and Magna has “significant environmental benefits”by Canadian Plastics
A new multi-material lightweight vehicle (MMLV) concept car developed by Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. in cooperation with Ford Motor Co. and the U.S. Department of Energy offers “clear advantages in terms of global warming potential and the…
SPE to honor four leaders at ANTEC 2015by Canadian Plastics
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is handing out awards for outstanding contributions to the plastics industry to four industry members. The SPE’s most distinguished award, the International Award for an individual’s lifetime achievement, is going to Dr. Richard J.…
Here comes the 3D-printed carby Canadian Plastics
It might just turn auto parts making inside out
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.