Research & Development
“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.
JEC announces winners of Innovation Awards
France-based composite organization the JEC Group has unveiled the…
TRONOPLAST TECHNOLOGIES has a mandate to innovate
As part of its mandate to devote serious resources to R&D, film extrusion technology supplier Tronoplast Technologies Inc. has relocated and expanded.
ACS Group opens Wisconsin technology centre
Auxiliary equipment supplier ACS Group has opened a new…
Ontario gov’t creating two new growth programs for SMEs
With a total value of $61 million, the programs will help Ontario firms scale up and test products and services.
SPE picks annual thermoforming parts competition winners
Profile Plastics, headquartered in Lake Bluff, Ill., wins big for its “surgical system cover set.”
Global medical composite materials market to grow nearly 7% by 2020: report
Growth will be driven by demand for artificial limbs, the report said.
Ontario, Michigan sign automotive cooperation agreement
Once North America’s undisputed automotive heartland, the region is now facing heavy competition from southern states offering big incentives for automotive companies.
Plastics reduce environmental costs by nearly four times compared to alternatives: report
Despite a widespread perception to the contrary, the environmental…
SPE calling for ANTEC 2017 papers
Industry association The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is…
Ford, Jose Cuervo team up to make bioplastic car parts from agave
Researchers are testing the material’s durability and heat resistance for potential use in vehicle interior and exterior components such as wiring harnesses and storage bins.
Milacron and Mid-America settle patent suit over lightweight dairy jugs
The terms of settlement are confidential.
Engel partners in two technology centres in Michigan
Injection molding machine and automation maker Engel North America,…
Husky settles legal dispute with Mold & Hotrunner Technology AG
Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. has settled a 15-year-old…
Quebec molder snags top SPE award
Medical and automotive applications win big at Plastics for Life Global Parts Competition at ANTEC 2016.
SPE names Dr. Lawrence Drzal as 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award winner
A professor of chemical engineering and director of the…
Ontario medical device maker Epocal to boost production with $10.5 million expansion
Project has $1.5 million in funding from Eastern Ontario Development Fund.
Auto parts molder, moldmaker getting Ont. gov’t funding
Lakeside Plastics and Integrity Tool and Mold are receiving the money from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.
GE opens additive manufacturing centre in Pittsburgh
Conglomerate corporation and product maker GE has opened a…
SPE to recognize “Honored Service” members at ANTEC 2016
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is inducting six…
SPE to honour four industry leaders at ANTEC 2016
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will present its…