Vancouver company teams with Dow to squeeze oil from waste plasticsby Canadian 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.
Recycling of post-consumer plastic across Canada increases by 24 per cent: CPIAby Canadian Plastics
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,…
FEPAC gets $200,000 gov’t grantby Canadian Plastics
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.
U.S. demand for post-consumer plastic rising: studyby Canadian Plastics
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.
CPIA launches pro-plastic bag websiteby Canadian Plastics
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…
Canadian bioplastics provider Solegear partnering with National Research Councilby Canadian Plastics
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.
Canadian bioplastics provider Solegear secures fundingby Canadian Plastics
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.
Invista partners with Lanza Tech for bio-based butadieneby Canadian Plastics
Specialty chemicals developer Invista and biotechnology firm Lanza Tech have signed a joint venture to develop bio-based butadiene.
Biopolymer maker Metabolix finds a new manufacturing partnerby Canadian Plastics
Metabolix Inc. has taken the first steps toward having a manufacturer biopolymer resins for the first time in six months, with an agreement with a Madrid-based producer of pharmaceutical ingredients for the production at a manufacturing…
U.S. demand for bioplastics to grow by 20 per cent annually to 2016: reportby Canadian Plastics
Demand for bioplastics in the U.S. will climb at a 20 per cent annual pace through 2016 to 550 million pounds, valued at US$680 million, according to a new report from market research firm The Freedonia Group.
BASF collaborates with BioTork for bio-based chemicalsby Canadian Plastics
Global chemical supplier BASF has entered into a development deal with American biotechnology firm BioTork to develop microbial strains for the industrial production of bio-based polymers and green chemicals.
Coke, Ford, Nike, others partner for bio-based PETby Canadian Plastics
Five of America’s biggest brand owners are banding together to develop and use plant-based PET plastics in products including bottles, apparel, footwear, automotive fabrics and carpets.
Toronto to consider using plastic bag tax to restore treesby Canadian Plastics
A Toronto councillor is advocating a plan to ask major retailers to donate a portion of the city’s estimated $5.4 million in plastic bag fees collected each year to restoring trees.
Operation Clean Sweep catching on in Canadaby Canadian Plastics
Operation Clean Sweep appears to be taking off in Canada.
BASF acquires foam extrusion technology supplierby Canadian Plastics
In a bid to tap into Europe’s wind-energy sector, BASF has purchased the PET foam business of Italy-based extrusion technology provider B.C. Foam S.p.A.
Alberta gets $4.4 million to boost bio-product developmentby Canadian Plastics
A federal investment of more than $4.4 million through Western Economic Diversification Canada will boost the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund Ltd.’s efforts to test and commercialize new products derived from crops and grains, and…
NatureWorks, BioAmber form JV to develop bioplasticsby Canadian Plastics
In a joint venture designed to expand the property range of bioplastics, biopolymer supplier NatureWorks LLC and chemical producer BioAmber Inc. have created a new company called AmberWorks.
Shrimp and crab shell fibres in bio-based auto parts. Seriously.by Canadian Plastics
A new biodegradable material made from shrimp and crab shells that can replace petroleum-based plastics used in auto components helped University of Toronto student Aaron Guan win the AUTO21 TestDRIVE competition.
Dow and Teknor Apex collaborate on flexible vinyl applicationsby Canadian Plastics
Dow Chemical’s Electrical & Telecommunications business unit and Teknor Apex Company have signed a joint market development agreement for flexible vinyl in several application areas.
Novamont and Genomatica partner for European butanediol joint ventureby Canadian Plastics
Chemistry technology supplier Genomatica Inc. and bioplastics producer Novamont SpA have signed a definitive agreement to create a joint venture plant in Europe that will make butanediol (BDO) directly from renewable feedstocks.