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.

January 16, 2012 News

Plastic recycler Switchable Solutions making progress

by Canadian Plastics

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 News

Global bioplastics market to hit new heights by 2018: report

by Canadian Plastics

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 News

Composite blade wind turbine project on Lake Ontario gets green light

by Canadian Plastics

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 News

BASF invests in cellulose start-up Renmatix

by Canadian Plastics

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 News

Dutch biopolymer firms merge in acquisition

by Canadian Plastics

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

November 21, 2011 News

Global plastics industry launches action plan to reduce marine litter

by Canadian Plastics

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 News

Plastic banknotes make official debut in Canada

by Canadian Plastics

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

October 24, 2011 News

Quebec honors its own at FEPAC awards

by Canadian Plastics

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 News

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

by Canadian Plastics

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 News

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

by Canadian Plastics

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 News

Braskem partners to distribute “green” PE in Europe

by Canadian Plastics

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.

September 13, 2011 News

Synthesizing plastic from beef by-products. Stop laughing.

by Canadian Plastics

They look a bit like brown poker chips on steroids, but the chocolate-colored discs created by University of Alberta researcher Dr. David Bressler and his lab actually represent an unlikely new source for bio-plastics.