Plastics in Canada

August 6, 2008
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  Plan for leaner CPIA close to completion
  Plans for Expoplast move ahead
  Bill Bell dies
  Film manufacturers' auction to help combat critics
 Paul G. Kinsman
 Gemcraft Screen Products Inc.
 Extrusion Dies Industries
 Pliant Corp.
 Winpak Ltd.
 Channel Prime Alliance
 A committee of the US House and Senate
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Plan for leaner CPIA close to completion
The structure of the redesigned Canadian Plastics Industry Association is coming clearer, and the details will be firmed up over the next couple of months. CPIA president Serge Lavoie says the final plan should be ratified at a November 18 board meeting.
“This is still at the stage of broad themes,” he says, “but we have the outline in place. We will keep the Environment & Plastics Industry Council (EPIC) and have a separate Processors’ division with three councils: the Vinyl Council of Canada, the Plastic Film Manufacturers Association of Canada and a section for composites.”
Other councils and groupings within the CPIA have become moribund, or don’t embody hot issues at the current time.
CPIA will also remain active in promoting international trade, as well as retaining its two current trade shows, PlastEx and Expoplast. But the original 1997 CPIA model, with regional offices are regional councils, is gone. The last regional office, in Montreal, will close in November, following the Expoplast show and associated events (see News item below). Instead, there will be CPIA staff in the regions working from home offices.
As the industry has shrunk in recent years, so have the association’s revenues. Maintaining a large operation is no longer financially feasible, although the CPIA headquarters in Mississauga, Ont., will remain and continue supplying corporate services.
“The organisation’s structure isn’t gone, it’s being rationalised,” Lavoie says. “This is a model where we are identifying tasks rather than sectors. This model aims to be nimble.”
CPIA is pursuing various types of links with other organisations, such as Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, and the Society of the Plastics Industry in the US. CME has a broad capacity for data collection on manufacturing, and SPI and CPIA are tracking similar environmental and trade issues on their respective sides of the border. Some type of formal understanding with SPI should be in place by September, and might include an arrangement for cross membership. This would, among other things, make it easier for members of the two groups to visit or participate in NPE, PlastEx and Expoplast.

CPIA’s Serge Lavoie

Plans for Expoplast move ahead
The Expoplast show in Montreal is now less than three months away. As Canada’s largest plastics-related event this year, it will be attracting overseas visitors as well as drawing its usual local audience. The show runs for two days, on October 20 and 21.
This time, the show combines with several other events. One is the annual Galea awards dinner, which is held on October 20, the first night of the show, at the Intercontinental Hotel, opposite the Palais de Congres where the Expoplast show is being held. This event pays tribute to companies and individuals in Quebec’s plastics industry that have achieved outstanding results in their business activities.
Right after the show, on October 22, there is the one-day APAC conference and networking event, which makes its debut this year.
The show itself features technical sessions sponsored by the Quebec section of the Society of Plastics Engineers. And there’s also a special emphasis on polymer composites, with a pavilion highlighting composite products, as well as an area celebrating innovation in the plastics industry in Quebec.
“A lot of exciting things are happening in composites,” says show manager Tom Sockett. “One area of the pavilion will be dedicated to networking, and we also have a composites educational component in the SPE educational program, plus eight booths for composites-related companies to exhibit."
Adds Duncan Cross, spokesperson for CPIA’s Composites Council, “Although there are many regional and sector specific composites events throughout the year, there is no national get-together, and over the years, many fabricators, suppliers, as well as academics, have wondered why we don’t develop a Canadian composites show and conference”. The Composites Council of CPIA is hopeful that this Expoplast effort may be the spark plug that will evolve into an on-going composites event for Canada.
There’s also going to be a Consultants’ Corner, a first for Expoplast although the idea has been used before, at Plast-Ex in Toronto.
“We need 16 consultants in total,” Sockett says, “and we already have more than half of them. We’re looking for independent consultants, not people who work for large organisations.

Basics of Plastics scheduled for Halifax
Following the recent success of the revived Basics of Plastics course in the Toronto area, it will be presented this fall in Halifax. The location is the World Trade & Convention Centre in Halifax, and the date is November 5.
Hours for the seminar are 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. The price remains just $195. This will include break refreshments and lunch.
Sponsored by Nova Scotia Business Inc. and hosted by Plastics in Canada magazine and CPIA Atlantic, the one-day seminar is taught by Paul Waller of The Plastics Touchpoint Group (Thornhill, Ont.). The Basics of Plastics is aimed at people in the industry whose technical knowledge is limited, and who would like to learn more about plastics materials, machinery, processing techniques and end-use markets.

Registration details will follow very shortly. Look for online buttons on and in future editions of this enewsletter.

Paul Waller

Bill Bell dies
Long-term machinery salesman Bill Bell has died. He had suffered from a heart condition for many years.
The founder of W. A. Bell & Associates and, before that, Moulders Supply Inc., joined the industry in the early 1950s, working at Rubbermaid Canada. By 1965 he was at Dominion Automotive Accessories in Windsor, Ont. and after that, he was at Toronto Plastics.
He later founded Moulders Supply. He ran this for many years, but was ousted in a squabble over ownership in 1983, following a heart attack and bypass surgery. In the early 1990s, the company went bankrupt, and he bought it back, merging it with a second company he had launched, W.A.Bell & Associates.

He retired from the industry in 1997, but for some years continued to make the stock for an antique reproductions furniture store north of Barrie, Ont., run by his wife Arlene. In addition to his wife, he leaves his sons Steve, David and Kevin.

Bill Bell

Film manufacturers’ auction to help combat critics
The Plastic Film Manufacturers Association of Canada (PFMAC) is holding an auction night at its General Meeting on September 23, 2008. There will be items for suppliers, for extruders and for converters.
The aim of the event is to create a strategic fund to address film product environmental issues. In particular, there is concern about bans or taxes on plastic bags, combined with the need to develop an effective counter-strategy.


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Paul G. Kinsman will now handle technical sales for Wittmann-Battenfeld injection moulding machines in Canada. He joined Wittmann Canada in September 2007 to handle technical sales in western Ontario for the company’s auxiliary equipment. He has 15 years experience in selling standard and custom engineered materials handling equipment.
The new position comes as a result of Wittmann’s acquisition of Battenfeld earlier this year. In western Canada, Gord Kaye-Technical Sales will support Kinsman in his new role.

Paul Kinsman

Gemcraft Screen Products Inc. has purchased its current production facilities at 15 Walker Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. This is after less than three years being in business. Gemcraft provides filters made from carbon steel or stainless steel wire mesh to plastics recyclers, auto part manufacturers, sheet plastic manufacturers (blown film), plastic bag companies, medical tubing, pipe profilers, and cable manufacturers.

Extrusion Dies Industries, LLC (Chippewa Falls, Wis.) has appointed John M. Wise as regional sales manager for its northeastern territory, it was announced today by Dennis S. Paradise, vice president of sales and marketing. The region includes New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, the New England states, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces.
He comes to EDI from Reifenhauser, Inc., which he joined in 1993 and served as general manager of sales and marketing. Previously he held sales engineering positions with Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering and Alpine American. He joined the plastics industry in 1989.

John Wise

Pliant Corp. (Schaumberg, Ill.) is investing $3-million in its Canadian packaging operations, with the intent of growing its national market share. This is in addition to $4.5-million invested in Canada in the previous two years. The company has plants in Toronto and Orillia, Ont.

Winpak Ltd. (Winnipeg) has bought the film converting business of Walsroder Packaging LLC in the US. Walsroder was owned by Dow Chemical Co.

Channel Prime Alliance – Canada is now known as Ravago Canada Co. The Ravago Group is consolidating its various Canadian entities into one entity.  This new company will have two commercial businesses; Distribution (formally Channel Prime Alliance & Entec Polymers) and Resale (formerly Muehlstein Canada, Pyramid /Entec and Novell). Contact information for the company does not change.

A committee of the US House and Senate has approved a nationwide ban on phthalates in toys and other child care products as part of a reform and funding bill for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The ban will come into effect in six months, pending final approval by the House and Senate and approval by President George Bush.


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Coming Events


August 28: Canadian Plastics Industry Association's annual golf classic, at Cardinal Golf Club, Kettleby, Ont. (Contact Erin Cimino at 905-678-7748 or

September 4: Canadian Plastics Pioneers Eighth Annual Golf Tournament, at Richmond Hill Golf Club, Richmond Hill, Ont. (Contact: Peter Stephen at 905-940-5577 or

September 23-25: Canadian Manufacturing Week, at the International Centre, Mississauga, Ont. (Contact: 888-322-7333 or

September 30-October 2: Interplas 2008, Britain's national plastics show, at the Birmingham NEC, UK. (Contact: Graham Earl at 020-8910-7890 or

October 7-10: Ausplas 2008, Australia 's leading plastics show. At Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre. (Contact: Robert Damcevski, 61-3-9699-4699 or

October 20-21: Expoplast 2008, Quebec's triennial plastics show, at the Palais de Congres in Montreal. (Contact: Tom Sockett at 905-678-7748 or

October 22: APAC international business development conference, at the Palais de Congres in Montreal. (Contact: Tom Sockett at 905-678-7748 or

October 22-23: Rotoplas '08, the international rotational moulding show and conference, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill. (Contact: Maria at 630-942-6589, or

November 5-6: Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo. At the International Centre, Mississauga, Ont. (Contact: Arnie Gess, 403-638-4410 or

November 18-19: Canadian Association of Mold Makers’ Trade Fair, at Caesar’s Windsor. (Contact Diane Deslippe at 519-255-7863, or

November 18: One-day seminar on Blown and Cast Film Optimisation and Troubleshooting, sponsored by SPE Ontario and featuring Paul Waller of The Plastics Touchpoint Group. At the Delta Toronto Airport West Hotel. (Contact: Penny Perdis at 416-802-9565 or

February 4-9 2009: Plastindia 2009, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. This show features 1,300 exhibitors, and draws 80,000 visitors. (Contact: Stefan Egge at 416-598-1524, or


Coming Soon From Plastics In Canada Magazine - September issue:

Special supplement – Expoplast 2008 show preview
Plastics in automotive safety systems
Measuring – what's happening in monitoring size, colour, dimensions and efficiency
Product Spotlight on Controls
Blow moulding report – New machine designs for blow moulding
Raw materials report – Innovations in resin technology, fillers and additives
Troubleshooting – Our regular look at what can go wrong, and how to be sure it doesn't
Processor profile – A visit to an innovative moulder, extruder or other manufacturer of finished plastic items

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