Canadian Plastics


June 24, 2013  

Skills shortages cost Ontario billions of dollars annually: report

The lack of skilled workers is costing the province of Ontario billions in economic activity and tax revenue, a new report claims.  

June 13, 2013  

Simcoe Plastics takes on new bioplastics line in Ontario

Resin supplier Simcoe Plastics Ltd. is the new Ontario sales agent for SPB Bio Materials’ “Ekstend” line of bio-mass filled plastic compounds.

May 28, 2013  

After 50 years with one company, a plastics worker looks back

In 1963, Lester Pearson was Canada’s Prime Minister, the Beatles were still in Liverpool, and Branko Muich started working at a new Toronto-based custom extrusion shop called Polyform Ltd.

May 21, 2013  

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag making management changes

Injection press manufacturer Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has named two new managing directors.

May 20, 2013  

Almost 300,000 unfilled jobs, many of them in manufacturing: CFIB

There are almost 300,000 unfilled private sector jobs out there and manufacturing is among the sectors with the highest number of vacancies, according to data compiled by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

April 12, 2013  

Milacron appoints Ron Krisanda as new COO

Plastics machinery manufacturer Milacron LLC has named Ron Krisanda to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

April 1, 2013  

Canadian Plastics Sector Council officially shuts down

The Canadian Plastic Sector Council (CPSC) officially closed its doors on March 31.

March 23, 2013  

Petroleum HR Council of Canada to merge with Enform

The Petroleum HR Council of Canada is being acquired by not-for-profit safety organization Enform Canada.

March 13, 2013  

New report on human resources and Canada’s plastics industry identifies problems ahead

Canada’s plastics industry suffered employment losses during the Great Recession that cut deeply into leadership, assets, skills, and supporting infrastructure, and there’s little indication they’ll come back even as the industry enjoys a…

March 13, 2013  

PolyOne names new president of new division

Polymer manufacturer PolyOne Corporation has named a new president to head a new division.

March 1, 2013  

Toronto gets lion’s share of FedDev Ontario funding

Toronto pulled in the largest share of money and jobs from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

February 16, 2013  

No evidence that styrene exposure causes cancer: study

There is “no credible evidence” that styrene exposure increases the risk of cancer in humans, according to a new study.

February 1, 2013  

Brace yourself for custom, 3D-printed casts

If you’ve ever had a fractured limb, you know how unpleasant a cast can be. They’re bulky and uncomfortable — not to mention a blank canvas for embarrassing sketches by family and friends. But a Toronto start-up is using 3D…

January 28, 2013  

William Murray named new president of Teknor Apex

Custom compounder Teknor Apex has appointed William J. Murray as its new president.

January 22, 2013  

CPIA appoints new membership/development director for Quebec, Maritimes

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has named Paul Aucoin as its new director of membership and development for Quebec and the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

January 9, 2013  

Most Canadian companies expect business activity to increase: survey

More than a third of Canadian firms believe the nation’s economy will strengthen this year, and the same number anticipate staffing increases in 2013, according to a new survey.

January 6, 2013  

New account manager for FD Plastics Canada

Industry veteran Guy Deschênes has joined FD Plastics Canada Corp, Saint-Laurent, Que., as account manager. FD Plastics manufactures color and additive concentrates at plants in Montreal and in Leominster, Mass.

December 10, 2012  

Fed gov’t investing to encourage youth to pursue careers in technology, science

In an effort to bolster Canada’s weakening manufacturing sector, the federal government is investing almost $2 million to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and technology.

December 7, 2012  

New immigration program targeted at skilled trades to start in 2013

The federal government is creating a new program to fast track the admittance of foreign skilled tradespeople, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced.

November 28, 2012  

Canada’s small business owners place premium on older workers: study

A large majority of Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners agree that workers 65 years and older offer more valuable experience and expertise than younger workers, according to new research from Investors Group.

November 26, 2012  

Canadian Plastics Sector Council to wind down in March 2013

Not-for-profit industry association the Canadian Plastic Sector Council (CPSC) is suspending its activities and services at the end of March 2013.

November 19, 2012  

Study suggests women working with plastic auto parts among those with higher-than-normal cancer risk; industry responds

Industry associations are questioning a new Canadian study that suggests women working in certain industries – including some that relate to plastics – appear to have a higher-than-normal risk of developing breast cancer.

November 9, 2012  

New Canadian website to promote careers in trades

Two national organizations, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and Skills/Compétences Canada, have partnered to help solve one of the most pressing problems facing the skilled trades: the growing shortage of new young workers.

October 1, 2012  

BPA safe for food packaging: Health Canada

Canada has upheld its stance on BPA (bisphenol A), deeming it safe for food packaging, despite banning it from baby bottles.

August 24, 2012  

Most BPA in Canada destroyed or in landfills: study

Most of the Bisphenol A (BPA) contained in products Canadians use every day is either destroyed or winds up in landfills, according to a new study for Environment Canada.

July 17, 2012  

Ontario plastics molder fined $55,000 after worker injured

Amhil Enterprises Ltd., a Burlington, Ont.-based plastics processer, was fined $55,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

April 19, 2012  

Industry golf tournaments are coming up!

Springtime means one thing in particular for the plastics industry: golf. There’s a series of annual tournaments coming up soon. To help you keep track, here are the dates and locations of a few of the biggies.

March 30, 2012  

FDA rejects BPA ban

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will deny a petition from the National Resources Defense Council’s petition to prohibit the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food-contact products manufactured in America.

March 12, 2012  

New COO for PolyOne

Resin compounder and distributor PolyOne Corporation has made two changes at the executive level.

December 23, 2011  

Husky execs named to global VP positions

Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. has promoted two of its North American and Asian sales executives to global vice president positions.

December 5, 2011  

Canadian manufacturers want to hire but can’t find the right people: report

The Canadian economy is experiencing a significant shortage of skilled workers at all levels, from welders and engineers to HVAC technicians.

November 24, 2011  

SABIC executive Charlie Crew steps down

Charlie Crew, executive vice president of SABIC Innovative Plastics, is stepping down effective January 1, 2012, marking the end of more than 34 years with the company and its forerunner GE Plastics.