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April 3, 2020 News

3D-printed hands-free door opener combats spread of COVID-19

by Canadian Plastics

Developed by Materialise NV, the door opener is being offered as a free printable download in hopes that it catches on worldwide. 

April 3, 2020 News

TC Transcontinental Packaging working to support “critical” food sector during COVID-19 crisis

by Canadian Plastics

The Montreal-based company said that it’s meeting the requirements of government guidelines, and adjusting its safety practices to ensure continuity of operations as a vital packaging provider to essential services and industries.

April 3, 2020 News

Moldmakers list their COVID-19 anxieties in new CAMM survey

by Canadian Plastics

The survey shows that employee anxiety, project cancellations or delays, employee protection, and declining sales are the biggest concerns about COVID-19 among respondents.

April 3, 2020 News

U.S. lost 701,000 jobs in March as COVID-19 devastates economy

by Canadian Plastics

The 701,000 payroll losses are the most since 800,000 jobs were lost in March 2009, and they end a record 113-month streak of gains dating to October 2010.

April 3, 2020 News

Synthomer completes acquisition of specialty chemical maker Omnova Solutions

by Canadian Plastics

First announced in July 2019, the deal strengthens UK-based polymer maker Synthomer’s global positioning in water-based polymer products.

April 2, 2020 News

Wales announces plan to ban single-use plastics

by Canadian Plastics

Plastic straws, cotton buds and balloon sticks are among the items set to be outlawed in the UK country from 2021, or subject to sales restrictions.

April 2, 2020 News

Consulting firm Wood Mackenzie discusses coronavirus and the petrochemicals industry

by Patrick Kirby, Wood Mackenzie Principal Analyst, and Matthew Chadwick, Vice President - Global Head of Petrochemicals

Two immediate major COVID-19 shockwaves are linked to economic activity and feedstock pricing: a sudden freeze in economic activity, and volatile feedstock pricing following the oil price crash.

April 2, 2020 News

Mercedes-Benz offers its 3D printing capabilities for medical devices

by Canadian Plastics

The German automaker, which normally uses its 3D printing technology for prototype construction and small-series production for its passenger cars, can print individual medical components to help against the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 1, 2020 News

European factory output plummets due to COVID-19 shutdown, report says

by Canadian Plastics

The IHS Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index for the eurozone also reports that Italy is enduring its sharpest contraction on record.

April 1, 2020 News

Tetra Laval Group donating 10 million euros towards COVID-19 relief efforts

by Canadian Plastics

The Swiss-based multinational conglomerate is donating to various voluntary organizations that support healthcare systems across the countries it operates in.

April 1, 2020 News

Tank Holding acquires rotomolder Meese

by Canadian Plastics

Formerly MODRoto and Meese Orbitron Dunne, Meese is a manufacturer of bulk laundry and linen carts, material handling bins and containers, recycling bins, and recreational products.

March 31, 2020 News

Economic growth in January slowed to 0.1 per cent, StatsCan says

by Canadian Plastics

Reduced trade with China affected potential growth in January, the agency said, and the COVID-19 pandemic and a collapse in oil prices has hurt the economy since then.

March 31, 2020 News

Dow expands hand sanitizer production at five sites

by Canadian Plastics

The five sites in Europe and the Americas are expected to produce more than 200 metric tons of sanitizer, which will be donated to local health systems and government agencies.

March 31, 2020 News

Tech community calls for swift action during COVID-19 crisis in open letter to Ontario government

by Canadian Plastics

More than 230 tech CEOs and innovation hubs are calling for the provincial government to maintain top talent and jobs threatened by the virus outbreak.

March 31, 2020 News

Airlite Plastics expands capacity with Davis-Standard sheet line

by Canadian Plastics

The new line, installed in 2019, supports Airlite’s thin-gauge sheet production for products of various thicknesses and textures, including proprietary Orthoform sheet.

March 31, 2020 News

Canadian auto sales face “tough year” in 2020, Scotiabank says

by Canadian Plastics

The outlook for Canadian auto sales has weakened substantially in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak and policy responses, a new report from the bank says.

March 31, 2020 News

Ford making 50,000 ventilators with GE Healthcare in next 100 days

by Canadian Plastics

The ventilators are less complex than others, and are designed by Florida-based Airon Corp., a company that specializes in high-tech pneumatic life support products.

March 30, 2020 News

2020 North American International Auto Show in Detroit cancelled

by Canadian Plastics

The TCF Center, where the event was to have been held in June, will likely be repurposed into a temporary field hospital in preparation for the increased need for urgent health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 30, 2020 News

Feds offer new COVID-19 relief measures for small businesses

by Canadian Plastics

The federal government will cover 75 per cent of salaries for workers of qualifying small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 27, 2020 News

Magna provides COVID-19 update, withdraws outlook

by Canadian Plastics

The Aurora, Ont.-based auto parts supplier has established “internal task forces” to deal with the potential impact of COVID-19 on its business.