Industry gathers for Quebec City trade events (November 01, 2010)
Quebec City was centre stage for the only Canadian plastics industry trade show in 2010. More than 400 business leaders, decision-makers and delegates from across Canada attended the PCMExpo, Forum Ca...
Quebec City was centre stage for the only Canadian plastics industry trade show in 2010. More than 400 business leaders, decision-makers and delegates from across Canada attended the PCMExpo, Forum Canada 2010 and Honoris Innova award presentation events, all staged at the Loews Le Concorde Hotel in Quebec City from September 23 to September 24.
The PCMExpo, sponsored by Canadian Plastics and Plastiques et moules magazines, featured 39 exhibitors and 10 seminar presentations, and drew approximately 200 attendees.
Speakers and attendees at Forum Canada 2010, presented by the Federation of Plastics and Alliance Composites (FEPAC), discussed key challenges that face their companies in the plastic and composites industries. The event was headlined by Warren Evans, an international expert on future trends and management strategies. Evans drew particular attention to the ways in which new information technologies and the social media will impact Canada’s plastics processors.
Beyond that, the event had a larger purpose, according to Pierre Fillion, FEPAC’s president and CEO. “A primary goal of Forum Canada was to show the rest of the Canadian plastics sector that Quebec is an open border,” he said. “Old divisions between Quebec and the rest of the country can’t be allowed to get in the way of our common interests in economic prosperity and in reinforcing our Canadian industry.”
Held as part of Forum Canada 2010, the Honoris Innova awards recognized a number of innovative Quebec-based companies. A total of 13 awards were given out, including “Education and New Skills” to vocational trainer Centre Sectoriel des Plastiques; “Energy Efficiency” to bag and film manufacturer Balcan Plastics; “Dynamic Contribution” to Leonce Tremblay, founder and president of equipment supplier Anplast Inc.; “Marketing” to pipe manufacturer Corma Inc.; and “Outstanding Achievement” to Bernard Poitras, president of packaging supplier Micron Plastics.
The remaining eight winners received “Sustainable Development” awards: bottler Naya Waters Inc., resin manufacturer Felix Compounds, footwear maker Genfoot Inc., packaging and insulation supplier Polyform Foam Plastics Inc., extruder NovaTech Group, custom injection molder Plastiques Moore, packager and extruder IPL Inc., and mold designer Exacad.