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


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.

May 20, 2016 Feature

MY3DAGENCY.COM wants to revolutionize short-run & prototype production

by Canadian Plastics

What do TV star Jason Priestley, cake toppers, and yogurt containers have in common? They’ve all been 3D-printed in stunning detail by this innovative Toronto-based startup. And they might just be the tip of the additive manufactured iceberg.

May 4, 2016 Feature

Power Failure!

by Canadian Plastics

Rising electricity prices, courtesy of Canada’s most ambitious green energy plan, are threatening to turn out the lights on Ontario’s plastics processors.

April 25, 2016 Feature

INTEX TOOLING TECHNOLOGIES is cutting into the market

by Canadian Plastics

­ Coming out of the Great Recession, Canada’s manufacturing sector looked like scorched earth after a massive forest fire. But scorched earth sometimes encourages new growth. In post-recession Southern Ontario, one group of entrepreneurs surveyed the landscape and saw opportunity.

April 10, 2016 Feature

Much ado about fracking

by Canadian Plastics

Hydraulic fracturing can open vast stores of cheap natural gas, to the benefit of North America’s chemical and plastics industry. The weird part is that, after more than 60 years, the process has suddenly become a lightning rod for controversy, and even outright bans. Here’s why.

March 25, 2016 Feature

Universal Gravo-Plast is getting a reboot

by Canadian Plastics

New ownership is reinventing a familiar fixture of Canada’s plastics processing scene.

February 25, 2016 Feature

Ontario extruder cuts into the market for wood railroad ties

by Canadian Plastics

­ Just because something grows on trees doesn’t make it inexhaustible. Take wood. It doesn’t just grow on trees, it is the tree. But people still want to use less of it if possible. A prime example is wooden railroad

February 12, 2016 Feature

The energy-efficient chemical supplier (and how to become one)

by Canadian Plastics

Energy costs are on the rise in Ontario, and chemical manufacturers are huge consumers. So now is definitely the time to get serious about finding new and efficient ways of using your electricity. The good news? There’s a wealth of experts and incentive programs at hand to help you along.

January 25, 2016 Feature

CAVALIER TOOL & MANUFACTURING is sticking to the basics

by Canadian Plastics

­ We’ve all heard it from time to time — “So-and-so was born to do this job”. Unless you’re talking about Prince Charles, however, odds are it’s just a throwaway line. But with Brian Bendig, the president of Windsor, Ont.-based

December 3, 2015 Feature

Polymer device could save the limbs of injured soldiers

by Canadian Plastics

­ In what might be the best military news since the United States Navy SEALS tracked down bin Laden, soldiers wounded by gunshots and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) may soon be treated with a polymer-based medical device that can literally

October 25, 2015 Feature

Overcoming common MEDICAL TUBING problems

by Canadian Plastics

­ Close might be good enough when tossing a hand grenade, but it won’t cut it in critical applications like medical tubing. Which is why medical extruders can’t afford to overlook even the smallest process flaw. And there’s a host

September 25, 2015 Feature

Canada’s first family of blown film is back with Cyber Plastic Machinery

by Canadian Plastics

Founders of equipment maker Future Design have returned to the industry.

August 25, 2015 Feature

Lessons from Portugal’s improved moldmaking industry

by Canadian Plastics

­ Go back 30 years and many of Canada’s moldmakers and plastics processors probably had at least one or two Portuguese companies as go-to contacts on their rolodexes. With a centuries-old glass making tradition that crossed naturally over into creating

July 25, 2015 Feature

New era begins for an Oldcastle tool shop

by Canadian Plastics

­ Sean O’Neil, president of Cutting-Edge Technologies Ltd., on the shop floor. The company will be undergoing a US$10 million expansion and hiring spree due to a partnership with an American-based company. (Photo Credit: DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star) What with

June 25, 2015 Feature

ACCORDING TO JIM: Talking with the CPIA Leader of the Year

by Canadian Plastics

­ Never underestimate the power of a good teacher. Socrates taught Plato, and that turned out all right. Twenty-five hundred-odd years later, the role of teacher is one that Jim Ellies is happy to take on. A 35-year veteran of