Canadian Plastics


June 6, 2012  

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

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  

Toronto to consider using plastic bag tax to restore trees

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  

Operation Clean Sweep catching on in Canada

Operation Clean Sweep appears to be taking off in Canada.

March 3, 2012  

BASF acquires foam extrusion technology supplier

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  

Alberta gets $4.4 million to boost bio-product development

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  

NatureWorks, BioAmber form JV to develop bioplastics

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  

Shrimp and crab shell fibres in bio-based auto parts. Seriously.

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  

Dow and Teknor Apex collaborate on flexible vinyl applications

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  

Novamont and Genomatica partner for European butanediol joint venture

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.

January 16, 2012  

Plastic recycler Switchable Solutions making progress

Switchable Solutions Inc., the Toronto-based clean technology company led by former Canadian Plastics Industry Association head Mark Badger, is making progress with its plans to offer a proprietary green solvent-based technology that enables…

January 15, 2012  

Global bioplastics market to hit new heights by 2018: report

Led by growing demand in Asia-Pacific and South America, the worldwide bioplastics market will reach revenues of over US$2.8 billion in 2018, with annual growth rates of 17.8 per cent, according to a new report from market research firm…

January 6, 2012  

Composite blade wind turbine project on Lake Ontario gets green light

Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc. has signed an agreement with Siemens Canada Limited to supply up to 130 turbines for its 300 mega watt offshore wind power project on Lake Ontario, the first of its kind in Canada.

January 3, 2012  

BASF invests in cellulose start-up Renmatix

Chemical producer BASF is investing US$30 million in a start-up company that will use plant cellulose to produce large quantities of low-cost sugar used in plastics

November 26, 2011  

Dutch biopolymer firms merge in acquisition

Two Dutch biopolymers suppliers – one with a subsidiary in Canada – are combining to broaden their product portfolios.

November 21, 2011  

Global plastics industry launches action plan to reduce marine litter

Plastics industry leaders from across the world – including from organizations such as the Society of the Plastics Industry and the American Chemistry Council – met this week in Dubai to create a global action plan for solutions on…

November 15, 2011  

Plastic banknotes make official debut in Canada

To quote that little girl in Poltergeist: They’re here.  

October 24, 2011  

Quebec honors its own at FEPAC awards

The spotlight shone on some of the best and brightest of La Belle Province’s plastics industry at the annual Federation of Plastics and Alliance Composites (FEPAC) Honoris Innova award presentation on October 22 in Boucherville, Que.

October 12, 2011  

NatureWorks gets US$150 million equity investment from leading Thailand chemical company

In a move to propel Thailand into becoming “an Asian bio-hub”, PTT Chemical Public Company Limited, said to be that country’s largest chemical producer, is investing US$150 million in bioplastics manufacturer NatureWorks LLC.

October 2, 2011  

World bioplastics market to grow 32 per cent by 2014: study

The global bioplastics market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 32 per cent between 2010 and 2014, according to a report by market research firm Technavio.

September 21, 2011  

Braskem partners to distribute “green” PE in Europe

In a move to bring “green” polyethylene (PE) compounds to Europe, bioplastics compounding specialist FKuR will begin making compounds based on Braskem SA’s bio-based PE.