January 4, 2013 News

Vancouver company teams with Dow to squeeze oil from waste plastics

by 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.

December 23, 2012 News

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

by 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,…

December 14, 2012 News

FEPAC gets $200,000 gov’t grant

by 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.

December 5, 2012 News

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

by 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.

September 27, 2012 News

CPIA launches pro-plastic bag website

by 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…

September 16, 2012 News

Canadian bioplastics provider Solegear partnering with National Research Council

by 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.

August 18, 2012 News

Canadian bioplastics provider Solegear secures funding

by 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.

August 14, 2012 News

Invista partners with Lanza Tech for bio-based butadiene

by Canadian Plastics

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

July 27, 2012 News

Biopolymer maker Metabolix finds a new manufacturing partner

by 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…

July 5, 2012 News

U.S. demand for bioplastics to grow by 20 per cent annually to 2016: report

by 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.

June 16, 2012 News

BASF collaborates with BioTork for bio-based chemicals

by 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.

June 6, 2012 News

Coke, Ford, Nike, others partner for bio-based PET

by 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.

May 6, 2012 News

Toronto to consider using plastic bag tax to restore trees

by 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.

April 4, 2012 News

Operation Clean Sweep catching on in Canada

by Canadian Plastics

Operation Clean Sweep appears to be taking off in Canada.

March 3, 2012 News

BASF acquires foam extrusion technology supplier

by 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.

March 2, 2012 News

Alberta gets $4.4 million to boost bio-product development

by 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…

February 17, 2012 News

NatureWorks, BioAmber form JV to develop bioplastics

by 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.

February 9, 2012 News

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.

January 25, 2012 News

Dow and Teknor Apex collaborate on flexible vinyl applications

by 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.

January 21, 2012 News

Novamont and Genomatica partner for European butanediol joint venture

by 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.