December 1, 2014 News

Sipa acquires Automa PET bottle production activities

by Canadian Plastics

Italy-based packaging equipment maker Sipa SpA has purchased all activities related to production of injection-stretch-blow molding (ISBM) equipment at Automa SpA, another Italian company that services the PET packaging sector.

November 5, 2014 News

Milacron partners with Trexel on MuCell injection technology

by Canadian Plastics

Processing equipment maker Milacron LLC is partnering with Trexel Inc. to incorporate the MuCell microcellular foam injection molding technology into Milacron injection molding machines.

October 13, 2014 News

Bekum to move production from Berlin to Austria

by Canadian Plastics

Germany-based blow molding machine maker Bekum Maschinenfabriken GmbH is moving its Berlin production to its other plant, in Traismauer, Austria.

September 8, 2014 Feature

Big order marks a big year for W. Amsler Equipment

by Canadian Plastics

The Beatles sang “It was 20 years ago today” back in the 60s, turning 20th anniversaries into big deals ever since.

July 7, 2014 News

Myers Industries concludes purchase of Toronto-based Scepter

by Canadian Plastics

U.S.-based plastics products maker Myers Industries Inc. has completed its $157 million acquisition of Canada’s Scepter Corp. and Scepter Manufacturing LLC.

July 6, 2014 News

New Plastiblow sales support for N. America

by Canadian Plastics

Blow molding equipment veteran Frank Varuzza has joined Plastiblow S.r.l., Corsico, Italy, as sales development manager.

June 3, 2014 News

Injection, blow molder Scepter sold to Myers Industries

by Canadian Plastics

In a bid to increase its presence in the plastic fuel tank sector, U.S.-based plastics products maker Myers Industries Inc. has acquired Toronto’s Scepter Corp. and Scepter Manufacturing LLC for US$160 million.

October 8, 2013 News

Bekum names new managing director, global sales

by Canadian Plastics

Germany-based blow molding machinery maker Bekum Maschinenfabriken GmbH has named Andreas Kandt as its new managing director and director of global sales.

July 12, 2013 News

Canada’s W. Amsler moving into international markets

by Canadian Plastics

Canadian-based blow molding machine maker W. Amsler Equipment Inc. is making inroads in the international market after its first major equipment sales in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

May 15, 2013 News

PlastIndia trade show moving to Gurajat for 2015

by Canadian Plastics

India’s largest plastics trade show, PlastIndia, is moving to a new location.

May 12, 2013 News

Plast-Ex 2013 is here

by Canadian Plastics

Plast-Ex 2013, Canada’s only plastics industry trade show this year, is set to begin.

April 1, 2013 Feature

Setting a Baseline

by Mark Stephen, editor

Taking measurements to establish baseline data for an extruder system sounds pretty dull. Dull, but important. Simply put, when a new single screw or twin screw extruder is installed, or a new screw mounted in an existing machine, it’s…

April 1, 2013 Feature

DRYERS: The Necessary Nine

by Mark Stephen, editor

When it comes to drying polymers, figuring out the “why” is easy: to control viscosity and ensure maximum performance. It’s the “how” that can keep you up at night. Resin drying — especially involving…

April 1, 2013 Feature

Medical Marvels

by Mark Stephen, editor

For plastics processors, there may be no such thing as a recession-proof sector — but medical parts molding comes damn close. At the very least, the medical molding business is less susceptible to economic swings than most other…

January 17, 2013 News

Ontario blow molder gets ERP turbocharge

by Canadian Plastics

There’s nothing wrong with writing things down on paper by hand — it’s how Shakespeare and America’s Founding Fathers did it, among others. But let’s face it: it’s no way to run a business in the Internet Age.

November 1, 2012 Feature

Pipeline to the Facts

by Canadian Plastics

This time last year, we opened our fifth Extrusion Benchmark Survey by noting that the worst of the worst recession in living memory was behind us. Twelve months later, we’re fairly certain it’s true. But what do some of…

November 1, 2012 Feature

In-Mold Assembly: All Together Now

by Mark Stephen, editor

If the manufacturing sector learned one thing from the Great Recession it might be this: get more efficient, fast. In multi-component injection molding, efficiency means eliminating secondary operations by assembling separate components in the…

October 1, 2012 Feature

Making a Mark with Liquid Colorant

by Mark Stephen, editor

Any plastics processor out there who doesn’t want to gain a competitive advantage, raise your hand. Nobody, right? Well, interest in one potential advantage is on the rise: A growing number of molders are considering liquid colorants as a…

October 1, 2012 Feature

Gate Crashers

by Mark Stephen, editor

Fact: Valve gating has become the preferred method of gating for precision molders, offering a more stable injection process without stringing and drooling of the melt. And these are particularly interesting times for valves gates: two themes…

October 1, 2012 Feature

Building (or rebuilding) A Better Materials Handling System

by Mark Stephen, editor

Just like that killer double-breasted suit probably does with your wardrobe, materials represent your single largest expense as a plastics processor. You didn’t sew the suit yourself just to save a few bucks, so why scrimp on having a…