Features


October 2, 2019 Feature

World-first surgery uses Aussie biopolymer in heart valve implant

by Canadian Plastics

A U.S. patient has successfully received a polymer heart valve jointly developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and medical device company Foldax Inc.

September 12, 2019 Feature

Nova Chemicals just got even more sustainable

by Canadian Plastics

With the new position of director of sustainability filled by Sarah Marshall, the Calgary-based polyethylene resin maker is walking the walk when it comes to advancing the circular economy.

September 3, 2019 Feature

Danish automation supplier OnRobot comes to North America

by Canadian Plastics

The end-of-arm tooling maker for collaborative robot applications has opened a new R&D office in Los Angeles as part of its push into the U.S. and Canadian markets.

September 1, 2019 Feature

The right way to convey powders

by Canadian Plastics

For plastics processors, conveying powders involves a completely different set of challenges compared to pellets. Here’s how to handle them.

August 27, 2019 Feature

You’ve been friended by the latest size reduction equipment

by Canadian Plastics

With the cost of materials going up and maintenance budgets going down, it’s critical that shredders and granulators be as user-friendly as possible. New designs can help transform your size reduction process from headache to hassle-free.

August 19, 2019 Feature

A cool comeback in conformal cooling

by Canadian Plastics

Industry veteran Pat Zaffino and his team are back in business with a game changing conformal cooling technology for injection molds.

July 30, 2019 Feature

Building schoolrooms from plastic waste in West Africa

by Canadian Plastics

Conceptos Plasticos, a Colombian non-profit group, has partnered with UNICEF to collect plastic waste in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire and turn it into modular plastic bricks to build classrooms.

July 9, 2019 Feature

Straw maker Stone Straw fights back with bioplastic straws

by Canadian Plastics

Traditional plastic straws are an endangered species nowadays, which is why this well-known Brantford, Ont.-based extruder is making the move to an eco-friendly plant-based alternative.

June 19, 2019 Feature

PET Technologies says aloha to Hawaiian water bottler

by Canadian Plastics

As part of its push into North America, the Austria-based maker of blow molding machines recently sold an APF-6004 automatic stretch blow molding unit for PET bottles to Hawaiian bottled water supplier Waiākea Water.

June 2, 2019 Feature

Customer Relationship Management software gets smart

by Canadian Plastics

A new machine learning solution from Montreal-based AxiPolymer Inc. is designed to boost the effectiveness of CRM software.

May 28, 2019 Feature

GreenMantra Technologies: Waste not, want not

by Canadian Plastics

By transforming post-consumer plastics into value-added polymers and waxes, this Brantford, Ont.-based clean technology company is offering processors a whole new world of specialty materials.

May 7, 2019 Feature

Polymers give early warning signs of stress

by Canadian Plastics

Researchers from Switzerland’s University of Fribourg and Japan’s Hokkaido University have devised a polymer with a sensor molecule that glows when it’s stretched, signalling that mechanical stress is building towards a catastrophic part failure.

April 18, 2019 Feature

A new chapter begins for En-Plas

by Canadian Plastics

After 31 years in the same plant, well-known machinery sales firm En-Plas Inc. has moved into a new, more efficient headquarters in Toronto.

March 26, 2019 Feature

Montreal researchers create plastic from lobster shells

by Canadian Plastics

McGill University researchers have developed a new chemical process that could turn lobster, shrimp, and crab shells into biodegradable plastic.

February 28, 2019 Feature

Bendable, conductive polymer film for consumer electronics also has healthcare potential

by Canadian Plastics

Purdue University researchers are working to use a new polymer film, which could make smartphones more bendable, to create tailor-made sensors that could non-invasively monitor glucose levels, heart rate or other biomedical metrics.

February 8, 2019 Feature

Techflow Design & Manufacturing is moving on up

by Canadian Plastics

This Ontario-based blown film machinery and plastic extrusion equipment maker has a good reason for expanding into a new, larger facility in Mississauga: business is booming.

January 2, 2019 Feature

Here’s a first: BASF is making products with chemically recycled plastics

by Canadian Plastics

The German chemical maker is breaking new ground in the circular economy with plastic waste as a source of raw materials.

December 18, 2018 Feature

Using sunlight to make polymers

by Canadian Plastics

Researchers at Rice University are developing a way to use sunlight to grow functional synthetic polymers using photosensitive quantum dots as a catalyst.

November 28, 2018 Feature

As sales go up, MAGUIRE CANADA doubles down on service

by Canadian Plastics

The Vaughan, Ont.-based auxiliary equipment supplier uses its crack service team – and backup service provider M.T. Innovations – to get the job done.

November 22, 2018 Feature

ADDITIVE METAL MANUFACTURING wants to make you more competitive

by Canadian Plastics

This Concord, Ont.-based engineering and design consulting firm is rewriting the book on mold heat removal by 3D printing inserts with complex cooling channels that can dramatically cut cycle times and consolidate manufacturing processes. And it might just be the kick in the pants that Canada’s plastics processors need to start kicking butt globally.