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.
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.
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.
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag making management changes
Injection press manufacturer Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has named two new managing directors.
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).
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).
Canadian Plastics Sector Council officially shuts down
The Canadian Plastic Sector Council (CPSC) officially closed its doors on March 31.
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.
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…
PolyOne names new president of new division
Polymer manufacturer PolyOne Corporation has named a new president to head a new division.
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).
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.
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…
William Murray named new president of Teknor Apex
Custom compounder Teknor Apex has appointed William J. Murray as its new president.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New COO for PolyOne
Resin compounder and distributor PolyOne Corporation has made two changes at the executive level.
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.
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.
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.