Research & Development
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.
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…
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.
Stratasys buys 3D CAD software designer GrabCAD
3D printing and additive manufacturing machines maker Stratasys Ltd. has purchased 3D CAD software designer GrabCAD Inc.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Gingo steps down as Schulman head, Rzepka steps up
Joseph Gingo is stepping down as head of materials supplier A. Schulman Inc.
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…
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.
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.
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.