On Sept. 14, 2016 CPIAcelebrated the winners of the 2016 Plastics Industry Leadership Awards at its annual Plastics Industry Leadership Awards Dinner. CPIA awards recognize outstanding individuals and businesses for their commitment and dedication to the growth and sustainability of the Canadian plastics industry.
It’s my pleasure to highlight recent activities CPIA has undertaken on behalf of our members so far this year and provide some thoughts on the coming month’s ahead…
Congratulations to all CPIA members who attended and/or exhibited at the recent NPE2015 show in Orlando, Florida. As you might know, this year’s show set a number of records including number of exhibitors (2,029) and exhibit space (more than 1,128,200 net square feet). Exhibitors came from 37 nations with Canada placing 3rd in the top 10 list of participating countries (behind only China and Taiwan). CPIA was also delighted to host a Canada Night Reception for all Canadians and companies doing business in Canada at the booth of Wittmann Battenfeld. Thanks to our generous sponsors:BASF, CCC, CKF, GH Thermoforming Equipment, NOVA Chemicals, Wittmann Battenfeld, Windmoller & Holscher, FEPAC, Enviroplast, and Export Development Canada (EDC)for helping to make this event a smash success.Adding to the excitement was the induction of a number of outstanding individuals into thePlastics Hall of Fame including Terry Browittof CPIA member firm Terinex International, and SPI President & CEO Bill Carteaux. Please enjoy the photo montage below of CPIA members in action at the show!
Earlier this month, Jenna Jambeck of the University of Georgia and a group of colleagues published a paper in the journal Science which calculated that 275 million metric tons (MT) of plastic waste was generated in 192 coastal countries in 2010, with 4.8 to 12.7 million MT of that waste entering the ocean – sobering numbers indeed.
Now that we’ve officially waved goodbye to 2014, Team CPIA is working hard to ensure that 2015 will be a great year for your business. Our New Year’s resolution is to help you achieve new heights of success and growth. And here’s a preview of the activities designed to do just that…
It’s that time of year when a plethora of media outlets, websites and pundits reflect on the highs (and lows) of the year that’s just about ended, along with a snapshot of what’s to come in 2015. As 2014 draws to a close, I’d like to look back at what brought CPIA to this point (and save my thoughts on what’s ahead in 2015 for next month’s issue):
CPIA has been a proud sponsor of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (GCSC) for several years now. If you're not familiar with this organization, the GCSC emerged in 2001 as a national program, providing all Canadians the opportunity to make a difference in their local communities. Cleanups started appearing in every province and territory, and by 2003, more than 20,000 volunteers were taking part. In 2012, the GCSC celebrated its 19th anniversary with more than 57,000 volunteers, and expanded the spring cleanup to include school groups in Ontario and British Columbia. Today, it is recognized as one of the largest direct action conservation programs, as well as the most significant contributor to the International Coastal Cleanup in Canada.
Canadian Thanksgiving is only a few short days away, so I think it’s only appropriate to include a message of thanks in my President’s Report.
There’s still some summer days left to enjoy but it won't be long before the dreaded "f" word – fall – will start. Canadian children everywhere will soon head back to class, and busy personal and professional event schedules will begin to ramp up at a pace that doesn't stop until the "c" word – Christmas – hits. (I kid you not; the trees are already in Costco!)
It was on July 6, 2011 when the three leading associations in the U.S. and Canadian plastics industry announced that they were formally joining forces to help coordinate efforts on certain initiatives and programs including Outreach, Energy Recovery & Recycling, Advocacy, Pellet Containment (i.e. Operations Clean Sweep® ), and Marine Litter/Debris.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…we’ve had a “bustin” June here at CPIA. Witness the following…
"Spring is the time of plans and projects", said Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina. Let me tell you about some of the exciting plans and projects ongoing here at CPIA
Someone once said that April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks go!" Well CPIA has also prepared a green traffic light and we are already pressing down hard on the accelerator. Heres just a taste of Aprils activities and whats to follow
Twenty-four CPIA members and guests spanning Canada (from BC to NS and in between) and the U.S. travelled to Ottawa on March 4 for CPIA’s Lobby Day on Parliament Hill.Divided into 5 teams, CPIA members met with key influencers to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Canadian plastics industry. Our messages included:
Someone once said “February, sweet and small, is the greatest month of all!” I couldn’t agree more – “sweet” because of Valentine’s Day (love and chocolate, a great combination!); “small” because it’s only 28 days long; and “great” because lots of exciting things are brewing at CPIA! We’re only a few short days away from CPIA’s “Plastics on Parliament Hill” event on March 3rd and 4th. About 25 CPIA members and guests will descend on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to tell what I believe is a very compelling story to key Members of Parliament and senior bureaucrats – the important size and scope of Canada’s plastics industry; our commitment to innovation and sustainability; our important place in Canada’s overall energy strategy; and some important asks (seek a Canadian exemption from “Buy American” protectionism, and the need for longer-term incentives for value-added manufacturing in Canada, like an extension of the Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance). I’m excited at the opportunity before us and look forward to reporting back to you in March.
Trust the holidays were good to you and yours, and that you survived the ice storm, the polar vortex and anything else that Mother Nature may have sent your way. Best wishes for a successful, prosperous and healthy 2014!
With 2013 coming to a close, it’s common for individuals and organizations alike to reflect on the year that was. I’d like to do the same, using the top 20 most-read stories from our weekly CPIA NewsBrief to members as the basis for that look back.
I had heard all the superlatives before departing for Dusseldorf its like the Olympics, its a trade show on steroids, its the greatest show on earth, and so on. With SPIs NPE 2012 show as my only plastics industry trade show guidepost, I set off for K (K=Kunststoffe=made of synthetic material/ substance) to see if the show lived up to its hypeand now I can honestly say that it did! Heres a high level overview of what I experienced.K was KonceptualNumerous product innovations, concepts and prototypes were unveiled at K. One of my favourites included BASFs concept bicycle called Concept 1865 Rethinking Materials, an e-bike that utilizes more than 20 different BASF plastics. BASF also exhibited the prototypes of three winning concepts from the first global "sit down. move." design competition for automobile seats.
Recently CPIA’s Chair of the Board, Amir Karim of Polykar, and I had the pleasure of meeting two CPIA member firms in Nova Scotia – GN Thermoforming Equipment and Farnell Packaging. We were impressed with what we saw and can confirm that they embody the best of what the east coast has to offer - entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, hospitality, and modesty. GN Thermoforming Equipment, nestled in a forest-like setting in beautiful Chester, Nova Scotia, is a world leading manufacturer of roll-fed, in-mold cut thermoforming machines for the production of quality plastic packaging (think trays to hold chocolates, muffins, oranges and tomatoes, to name but a few). Founded by Georg Nemeskeri some 32 years ago, the company’s reputation for quality and attention to customer service has made them the thermoforming machinery supplier of choice for leading manufacturers of plastic packaging in more than 60 countries worldwide. This dedication to quality and customer service was clearly evident in the team we met during our visit, from Georg himself (CPIA’s Leader of the Year in 2002), to the great marketing team of Jerome Romkey and Lise Munroe, to the people in the office and on the plant floor. Farnell Packaging Limited (FPL), established in 1961 and located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, manufactures and distributes leading-edge flexible packaging materials and provides guidance with related equipment solutions. Nearly two-thirds of FPL packaging is used in the food industry with the balance used in markets for textile, tissue, diapers, paper, industrial and promotions. A stroll down your grocery store aisle showcases FPL’s handiwork – from produce, bakery, fish, consumer tissue/paper packaging to multipack overwrap and labels. We were delighted to tour their facility (where we saw packaging for Ocean Spray cranberries, Stanfield underwear and a plethora of President’s Choice products to name just a few) then sat down with Debby and Judy, daughters of late founder Don Farnell (CPIA’s Leader of the Year in 2004), and some of their senior management team – Tom Rudolph, Bill Morash and Neil MacMillan. Everyone from top to bottom at Farnell is passionate about their work and lives the core values of quality, responsiveness, innovation and integrity.