Canadian Plastics

Research & Development

October 3, 2014  

SPI, SME offering online skills training program for plastics

The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. (SPI) has partnered with workforce development agency Tooling U-SME to launch a new online training program aimed at closing the manufacturing skills gap in the plastics industry.

September 24, 2014  

3D printing market to reach $8.6B globally by 2020: report

The global 3D printing market will reach US$8.6 billion by 2020, a new report says, a surge of growth primarily due to rising demand for faster and more efficient ways to manufacture complex design objects using a wide array of…

September 23, 2014  

New national network for 3D printing

A new national network has been launched, dedicated to the adoption and development of 3D additive manufacturing in Canada.

September 17, 2014  

Stratasys buys 3D CAD software designer GrabCAD

3D printing and additive manufacturing machines maker Stratasys Ltd. has purchased 3D CAD software designer GrabCAD Inc.

September 15, 2014  

Sabic partners with Chinese Academy of Sciences for research

Petrochemical supplier Sabic has signed a five-year strategic collaboration agreement with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) designed to cover joint research in the chemical and chemical engineering fields.

September 12, 2014  

German compounder Lehmann & Voss buys U.S.-based Performance Compounding

In a bid to boost its North American presence, German thermoplastic compounder Lehmann & Voss (L&V) has acquired U.S.-based compound maker Performance Compounding LLC.

July 28, 2014  

Put Nova Scotia fracking on hold to allow for more study: expert

Hydraulic fracturing – or fracking, as it is commonly known – should not proceed in Nova Scotia until a broader public discussion is held and more research is completed, the head of an expert panel reviewing the industry’s potential…

July 28, 2014  

Material suppliers to offer “customer service centres” at NPE2015

A number of raw material suppliers will offer customer service centres at the upcoming NPE2015 trade show in Orlando, Fla.

July 22, 2014  

Stratasys 3D prints 14-foot tall giant creature for comic conference

3D printing and additive manufacturing machines maker Stratasys Ltd. has created a 14-foot tall giant creature which will be showcased at the Comic-Con International 2014 conference in San Diego, Calif.

July 16, 2014  

Stratasys completes Solid Concepts purchase

3D printing and additive manufacturing machines maker Stratasys Ltd. has completed its acquisition of Solid Concepts, which is said to be the largest independent additive manufacturing service bureau in North America.

July 14, 2014  

Halliburton forms fracking JV in China

Halliburton is to establish a joint venture company in Xinjiang, China with SPT Energy Group Inc. affiliate Petrotech (Xinjiang) Engineering Co. Ltd. to develop hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and production enhancement services.

July 14, 2014  

Quebec aerospace parts makers get provincial funding

Two Quebec-based aerospace parts makers are receiving a combined $1.38 million in repayable funding to help improve productivity from the provincial government.

July 12, 2014  

Arburg’s Freeformer nabs Red Dot Award

Injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg Inc. has won a Red Dot Award for its Freeformer additive manufacturing system.

July 4, 2014  

CPIA announces 2014 Plastics Industry Leadership Award winners

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has selected the winners of the 2014 Plastics Industry Leadership Awards, designed to recognize outstanding individuals and businesses for their commitment and dedication to the growth and…

June 24, 2014  

New industry-led network designed to help get Canadian-made products to market

The federal government has launched a new $19-million industry-led incubator aimed at commercializing made-in-Canada products and technologies.

June 23, 2014  

Gingo steps down as Schulman head, Rzepka steps up

Joseph Gingo is stepping down as head of materials supplier A. Schulman Inc.

June 20, 2014  

Engel partners with Fill GmbH for composites technology

Injection molding machinery maker Engel Holding GmbH is partnering with fibre preform machinery group Fill to develop turnkey solutions for the industrial manufacturing of fibre-reinforced plastic components. “The aim of our partnership is to…

June 10, 2014  

Composites One buys composites assets from Nexeo Solutions

Composite raw materials distributor Composites One has acquired essential composites distribution assets from chemical and plastics distributor Nexeo Solutions, a deal which also includes Nexeo Solutions’ composites distribution employees.

June 8, 2014  

BASF completes sale of PolyAd Services business to Edgewater Capital Partners

Germany-based materials supplier BASF SE has completed the sale of its PolyAd Services plastic additives business to Edgewater Capital Partners LP, a private equity firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

May 30, 2014  

Ampacet acquires Australia-based concentrate maker

In a bid to further expand in the Asia-Pacific region, U.S.-based color and additive concentrate maker Ampacet Corporation has acquired Allied Color and Additives (ACA), an Australian masterbatch concentrate manufacturer.