CPIA Plastics Innovation Forum ON

Tue, Oct 05, 2010 - Tue, Oct 05, 2010


A tremendous success!  

Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Road, Etobicoke, Ontario

Tuesday Oct. 5, 2010 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
News Release

imgAQOBGeKjnB.pngOn Tuesday October 5th, CPIA hosted its first Plastics Innovation Forum in Toronto, Ontario. A capacity crowd attended the event. Attendees included sales, manufacturing and management leaders from across the plastics industry, as well as government officials, retailers and stewardship organizations.

Recall that the purpose of the forums is to connect those in our industry wishing to grow their businesses through innovation with those in academia possessing technologies and capabilities to assist industry to innovate. Academia is rich with technology to assist our industry. Through the Plastics Innovation Forums, CPIA simply aims to unleash this technology on the industry.

Attendees at the October 5th event heard from eight university professors with emerging technologies in the fields of process optimization, materials and recycling. Attendees also heard from NSERC about its new Engage Grant Program, which provides up to $25,000 for collaborative innovation projects, as well as EDC about sources of financing for growth and exports.

Lets take a peek at what participants in the forum have to say about it:

"Congratulations on an absolutely outstanding day today at CPIAs inaugural Innovation Forum. The event in Toronto was a near sell-out and the crowd was buzzing. The quality of the presentations was very strong and the level of engagement in the one-on-one sessions was quite exceptional." Greg Wilkinson, President, Third Oak Associates Inc.

"Thanks again for inviting me to speak at this event. Hats off to you and your staff for pulling together such a well organized event. We came away with a group of potential partners for our technology." Dr. Rui Resendes, PhD, Executive Director, GreenCentre Canada

"It was a great event and if I can just see it from the narrow view point of "one professor giving a talk" I made several important contacts and got a couple of good ideas. The break-out session was very useful and it should be part of any future forum. On the broader side, I can say that it was a rather rare event, where academics talk to such a large audience of industry people and both groups seem to enjoy it. Kudos to all." Dr. John Vlachopoulos, McMaster University

"The Plastics Innovation Forum organized by CPIA was successful. It seems such events are important, because depending upon the industrial issue on processing, design or chemical properties, one can get help from the required academia professor." Harinder Tamber PhD, R & D Manager, Macro Engineering & Technology Inc.

"Congrats on an awesome event. Very informative and I came away with an interesting innovation potential." Bryce Miller, Vice President, GoGreenLight PLM Inc.

"Congratulations again for a very well executed event. Top drawer. Hats off!" Veso Sobot, Director, Corporate Affairs, IPEX Inc.

 While closing remarks surrounding the event were scheduled for 3:30, the crowd lingered into the evening, partaking in break-out sessions with academics. The appetite for innovative technology was underscored by the lingering crowd, as well as the intentions expressed by many to apply for Engage Grants with the academics present.
During the event, we noted that CPIA will be creating an innovation portal on its web site, which will allow CPIA members to see the breadth of technological innovation within the plastics sector being undertaken by academia. Suffice it to say, the event on October 5th showcased a small sliver of the exciting work being undertaken on campus across the country. We believe that many of the small and medium sized firms within the industry will be able to bolster their innovative capabilities by tapping into the capabilities of academia.

As you may recall, our second innovation forum will be held in BC on November 29th. We are pleased to report that an exciting slate of new technologies will be presented at the BC forum. Briefs will include polymer compatibilizaton technologies for recycling, process aids / processes to improve efficiency and quality, and structural composites for industrial applications. We are still reviewing proposals to make briefs from professors and will be providing more detail surrounding the BC event in the coming days. However, you should know the NSERC will again be presenting on their Engage Grant program, EDC will be outlining their financial solutions, and Deloitte will be presenting on approaches to SR&ED tax credits.




Presentation Topics

Process optimization through rheology

Calibration of viscosity is necessary for optimal equipment design and determination of material grades that can be processed at high output rates with high degrees of dimensional consistency. Beyond viscosity other rheological properties can be measured and these will be explained during the presentation. This presentation will be of interest to extruders, injection moulders, blow moulders and other processors seeking to optimize cost and quality of output. The presenter is highly regarded around the world for the assistance he has given processors aiming to enhance efficiency and seize dimensionally critical applications.

Enhancing post-use resource recovery

This presentation will introduce a ground-breaking chemical switching technology that is particularly applicable to the recovery of PS products post-use. The technology is green, is very efficient and has the potential to significantly decrease recovery costs. The technology has wider applicability to other recovery situations, making it of interest to recyclers, material suppliers and integrated processors looking to enhance their cost structure and sustainability. This presentation will also be of interest to municipal, provincial and federal governments / stewards aiming to increase the level of plastic post-use resource recovery.

Devulcanization of rubber crumb

This presentation will highlight the development of a simple extrusion process for the devulcanization of recovered tire crumb. Applications in rubber and TPV compounding will be reviewed. This presentation will have interest to those engaged in rubber and TPV compounding and processing. This presentation will also be of interest to municipal, provincial and federal governments / stewards aiming to increase the level of plastic post-use resource recovery.

Molecular issues in polymer systems of technological importance

This presentation will involve three seemingly unrelated topics aimed at advancing the application of polymers in coatings and in electrical and medical markets:

a) Understanding how latex dispersions form mechanically coherent films.

b) Preparation of a class of block copolymers that self assemble in solution to form self-insulating semiconductor nano wires.

c) Development of metal-chelating polymers for the attachment to antibodies that enables a new and powerful multiplexed technology for cancer bioassays.

This presentation will be of interest to those involved in coatings or in electrical and medical plastics, or those considering entry into these rapidly growing markets.

Process development for controlled radical polymerization systems

Controlled radical polymerization (CRP) is a promising route for synthesis of polymers with well defined molecular weight and well controlled microstructure. Atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) in particular has received extensive academic and industrial interest for its ability to polymerize a wide range of monomers under relatively mild conditions. However, the copper catalyst, present in the final polymer on the order of 104, parts per million (ppm), is expensive and adds undesired colour to the polymer so that separation from the final product is required. These significant drawbacks are now being addressed through the use of ARGET ATRP chemistry. Nearly colourless acrylate and methacrylate polymers have been produced with copper catalyst levels below 50 ppm, with excellent control of molecular weight obtained through batch and continuous systems. This presentation will be of particular interest to raw material suppliers, including resin producers, additive suppliers and integrated processors who are looking for technology to enhance their cost structures.

Development of polysaccharide nano particles

This presentation will discuss discovery of a new type of polysaccharide nano particle that has many potential industrial and biomedical uses, including as an additive to plastic nano composites. This presentation will be of particular interest to raw material suppliers, including resin producers, additive suppliers and integrated processors. The presentation will also be of interest to those involved in electrical and medical plastic product processing, or those considering entry into these rapidly growing markets.

Pathogen detection in plastic packaging

This presentation will introduce the Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network, a large Canadian initiative to develop paper-based materials that can indicate the presence of dangerous bacteria and viruses. Some of the technologies under development will be applicable to plastic packaging.  

Building Blocks Towards New Materials

The pnictogen elements (P, As, Sb, Bi) are important in the development of new thermoelectric materials, new electronic materials, new pharmaceutical materials and novel polymetric materials. This presentation will discuss new synthetic approaches to pnictogen-pnictogen bond formation and will be of interest to those involved in the development of new electrical and medical plastic materials.