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.
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.
Operation Clean Sweep catching on in Canada
Operation Clean Sweep appears to be taking off in Canada.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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
Dutch biopolymer firms merge in acquisition
Two Dutch biopolymers suppliers – one with a subsidiary in Canada – are combining to broaden their product portfolios.
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…
Plastic banknotes make official debut in Canada
To quote that little girl in Poltergeist: They’re here.
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.
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.
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.
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.