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December 4, 2017 Feature

Kal Polymers is growing strong after 25 years

by Canadian Plastics

As it hits the quarter-century mark, the Mississauga, Ont.-based compounder is heading off into new directions.

November 13, 2017 Feature

DMS executive gets the Red Carpet treatment in Georgia

by Canadian Plastics

Mike Hicks, vice president of Windsor, Ont.-based mold component supplier DMS Components, spent a memorable four days as a guest at the invitation-only Red Carpet Tour in April 2017, an event designed to showcase Georgia’s attractiveness for new business investment.

September 29, 2017 Feature

Terry Elliott: 2017 CPIA Leader of the Year

by Canadian Plastics

Terry Elliott has spent over 30 years in Canada’s plastics industry, rising from the chemistry lab to sales and management positions to his current job as president of Scepter, while doing enough volunteer work along the way to fill a second career. In both areas, he’s used his team management techniques and transformational leadership skills to improve organizational health – and the bottom line. But for all his strategizing, he didn’t see the Leader of the Year award coming.

September 15, 2017 Feature

Sales rep goes the extra miles for Aoki

by Canadian Plastics

Jose Penaloza will rack up at least 20 trans-Pacific flights this year as part of his push to increase Japanese injection stretch-blow molding machine maker Aoki’s presence in Canada. That’s a lot of hang time, but it’s beginning to pay off.

August 7, 2017 Feature

Fifty years of Canada’s plastics industry, explained!

by Canadian Plastics

Picking up where an earlier volume left off, a new book chronicles the Canadian plastics industry from 1950 to 2000.

July 16, 2017 Feature

Revere Plastics Systems is reborn in Brampton

by Canadian Plastics

The Brampton, Ontario plant of this U.S.-based injection molding firm has just embarked on an ambitious four-year growth plan, and has the strategy and the resources to make it happen.

June 16, 2017 Feature

IPL’s cart business keeps on rolling

by Canadian Plastics

This Quebec-based injection molder exited the auto parts molding business and, led by its production of wheeled carts, is now killing it as one of North America’s leading suppliers of products for the environmental, bulk food, and retail sectors.

May 12, 2017 Feature

VECTOR INJECTION is worth the drive to Acton

by Canadian Plastics

When it comes to making small machines, this Ontario-based injection molding and assembly technology supplier has some really big ideas.

April 19, 2017 Feature

Cold Calculations

by Canadian Plastics

If you think choosing a chilling system comes down to cost, capacity, and performance capabilities, you’re only half right. The resins you’ll be processing give up heat at different rates, which means you’d better be taking them into account, too.

March 13, 2017 Feature

UP IN SMOKE?

by Canadian Plastics

Will Canada’s carbon tax plan hurt the plastics industry’s competitiveness?

January 31, 2017 Feature

Covertech Flexible Packaging: Backward integration into the future

by Canadian Plastics

When this Toronto-based extruded film maker purchased a packaging supplier four years ago, it didn’t just change its name; it changed its business. And business is now booming.

December 8, 2016 Feature

TRONOPLAST TECHNOLOGIES has a mandate to innovate

by Canadian Plastics

As part of its mandate to devote serious resources to R&D, film extrusion technology supplier Tronoplast Technologies Inc. has relocated and expanded.

November 4, 2016 Feature

PATRICK PLASTICS isn’t going it alone

by Canadian Plastics

Does this Markham, Ont.-based custom injection molder draw strength from belonging to a global electronic manufacturing services company? You bet. But it owes its success to its own hard work and customer service.

October 19, 2016 Feature

Is the drive to meet the 2025 CAFE standard running out of gas?

by Canadian Plastics

Americans have spoken, and the 54.5 mpg corporate average fuel economy target is off the table. But the Environmental Protection Agency might get the final say.

September 28, 2016 Feature

Say hello to your little friends

by Canadian Plastics

Collaborative robots are inexpensive, versatile, and easy to program. And by working safely alongside human operators, they can revolutionize the way you handle small-batch manufacturing and ever-shortening product cycles.

September 15, 2016 Feature

ARC de TRIUMPH

by Canadian Plastics

From aerospace engineering to high finance to plastics packaging is quite the career arc. But when Amir Karim returned to Quebec and joined family-owned Polykar Industries after a successful stint on Wall Street, he didn’t know his best business days were still to come; or that his career trajectory would propel him into the ranks of the elite, as the Canadian Plastics Industry Association’s 2016 Leader of the Year.

August 17, 2016 Feature

The Book on plastics

by Canadian Plastics

When it comes to running Peterborough, Ont.-based custom molder G.B. Book Plastics Ltd., the brother/sister team of Bill Book and Cathy Cremers has always been on the same page.

August 5, 2016 Feature

Flexstar Packaging reinvents itself

by Canadian Plastics

Recapitalization, new technology and new hires, a plant expansion, and green initiatives are all part of this Richmond, B.C.-based company’s growth strategy.

July 18, 2016 Feature

ROTATIONAL MOLDING: Big machines, small hassles

by Canadian Plastics

What’s it like working in a plastics processing sector where short-run production is the norm and foreign competition is almost nonexistent? Just ask a rotational molder.

June 18, 2016 Feature

3D PRINTING: The multi-material future is here

by Canadian Plastics

Multi-material 3D printers have arrived. But so have challenges to wide-scale adaptation, beginning with the machines’ hefty price tags.