Canadian Plastics


April 26, 2014  

Ontario expanding electricity rates programs in bid to help small businesses

The Ontario government is expanding eligibility for two existing industrial electricity programs and enhancing conservation programs for small businesses. 

March 5, 2014  

CPIA’s Cathy Cirko announces retirement

Kathy Cirko, the vice-president of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), will be retiring at the end of May 2014, after 17 years with the organization.   Circo joined the Toronto-based CPIA in January 1997, as director…

February 22, 2014  

Bio-chemical maker gets $10 million gov’t loan for Ontario plant

The federal government is lending $10 million to France-based sustainable chemicals firm BioAmber Inc. for the construction of a commercial-scale bio-based chemical plant in Ontario, said to be the first facility of its kind in Canada.

February 17, 2014  

Marine plastic litter can be converted into useable fuel: new Canadian study

Converting plastic from rivers, lakes and oceans into fuel is not as difficult as some might think, according to a new Canadian study.

February 17, 2014  

Bioplastics producer Cereplast files for Chapter 11 protection

Bioplastics maker Cereplast Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S.

November 4, 2013  

European Union seeks to reduce plastic bag usage

The European Commission has unveiled a proposal aimed at drastically reducing the use of plastic bags.

November 3, 2013  

$55M automotive, construction biomaterials program launched

In a bid to cut down on the use of traditional petroleum-based polymers, Canada’s federal government is launching a biomaterials program to accelerate the development of green vehicles and buildings.

October 20, 2013  

CPIA partners for new polystyrene recycling program being tested in Montreal

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), the City of Montreal, and various other partners are testing an improved system for the collection and transportation of clean polystyrene.

October 7, 2013  

Invista partners with Ingenza to develop bio-based industrial chemicals

U.S.-based polymers maker Invista and UK-based industrial biotechnology company Ingenza will collaborate on the development of new technologies to enable bio-derived processes for the production of industrial chemicals. “Invista…

September 18, 2013  

Tetra Pak survey reveals demand for environmental labeling

A new survey by food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak highlights a rising demand for renewable materials and environmental labeling among consumers worldwide.

September 9, 2013  

BASF opens $33 million plant science R&D facility in North Carolina

Chemicals giant BASF has opened a new research and development facility in North Carolina that will act as a hub for its plant science products.

August 13, 2013  

Canadian and B.C. aerospace associations plan to join forces

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) has announced plans to collaborate with the Aerospace Industries Association of British Columbia (AIABC) to help revitalize the provincial aerospace association.

July 31, 2013  

CPIA site sponsoring “Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup”

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) is a site sponsor for this year’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, an annual event designed to remove shoreline litter, including plastics, from the country’s oceans, lakes, and…

June 19, 2013  

Plastic bag ban approved by Los Angeles City Council

America’s second largest city is on the verge of banning single-use plastic grocery bags.

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.

June 4, 2013  

BioAmber partners with Brenntag for market expansion

U.S.-based renewable chemicals company BioAmber Inc. has partnered with German specialty chemical supplier Brenntag for distribution of its Bio-SA bio-based succinic acid and derivatives in the Americas, including bio-based 1, 4-butanediol…

April 23, 2013  

Toronto facility named Orbis plant of the year

Orbis Corporation, a manufacturer of sustainable reusable plastic packaging, has named its Rexdale, Ontario facility as its plant of the year.

April 15, 2013  

Green Energy Act causing Ontario power prices to soar: Fraser Institute

Ontario’s Green Energy Act (GEA) is set to push the costs for large energy users to the top in North America, with serious consequences for the province’s economic growth and competitiveness, according to a new report from Canadian…

April 5, 2013  

Most electricity rates in Ontario to go up

Electricity prices in Ontario – Canada’s manufacturing heartland – will go up slightly due to higher costs from power generation and the use of cleaner energy sources.

February 22, 2013  

Cereplast launches new algae bioplastic subsidiary

Bioplastics supplier Cereplast Inc. has incorporated a new subsidiary to develop and manufacture algae-based bioplastics.

February 9, 2013  

Cereplast reports new bioplastics sales in wake of Italian bag ban

Bioplastics manufacturer Cereplast Inc. has announced it generated approximately US$300,000 in new revenue during the final two weeks of January 2013.

January 23, 2013  

SPI’s Bioplastics Council critical of unsubstantiated degradable additives

The Society of the Plastics Industry’s Bioplastics Council is questioning the scientific validity of biodegradability claims made by producers of degradable additives.

January 23, 2013  

Study highlights value of Canadian plastics-to-energy strategy

Converting all of the non-recycled plastics that are heading for Canadian landfills each year into energy using current technologies would be sufficient to provide fuel for over 600,000 automobiles annually, a new report suggests.

January 14, 2013  

Bioplastics market to increase five-fold by 2016: study

The global bioplastics market will see a five-fold increase in production volumes by 2016, from 1.2 million tons to an anticipated 6 million tons.

January 4, 2013  

Vancouver company teams with Dow to squeeze oil from waste plastics

A Canadian company that recovers energy, chemicals and oil from end-of-life waste plastics currently sent to landfill has attracted the attention of Dow Chemical Co.

December 23, 2012  

Recycling of post-consumer plastic across Canada increases by 24 per cent: CPIA

Aided by the addition of thermoformed polystyrene and polyester packaging and molded tubs and lids to some municipal collection programs, Canadians recycled an additional 24 per cent of plastic packaging and products in 2011 compared to 2010,…

December 14, 2012  

FEPAC gets $200,000 gov’t grant

The Federation of Plastics and Alliances Composites (FEPAC) has received $200,000 in non-repayable funding to help it continue maintaining and improving the competitiveness of Quebec plastics processors.

December 5, 2012  

U.S. demand for post-consumer plastic rising: study

Demand for U.S. post-consumer recycled plastic is expected to rise 5.9 per cent annually to nearly 3.4 billion pounds in 2016, according to a new study by market research firm The Freedonia Group.

September 27, 2012  

CPIA launches pro-plastic bag website

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has gone on the PR offensive with a new website designed to counter some of the myths and promote the facts surrounding plastic bags in hopes of changing Toronto city councillors’ decision…

September 16, 2012  

Canadian bioplastics provider Solegear partnering with National Research Council

Vancouver, B.C.-based bioplastics technology firm Solegear Bioplastics Inc. has teamed up with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to jointly develop new bioplastic using their respective proprietary formulations and technologies.

August 18, 2012  

Canadian bioplastics provider Solegear secures funding

Vancouver, B.C.-based bioplastics technology firm Solegear Bioplastics Inc. has secured Series A financing, led by Yaletown Venture Partners and joined by a number of leading angel investors.

August 14, 2012  

Invista partners with Lanza Tech for bio-based butadiene

Specialty chemicals developer Invista and biotechnology firm Lanza Tech have signed a joint venture to develop bio-based butadiene.