CPIA Plastics Innovation Forum BC

Mon, Nov 29, 2010 - Mon, Nov 29, 2010


Nov. 29, 2010 - British Columbia - Another outstanding success!




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CPIA hosted the second ground-breaking PLASTICS INNOVATION FORUM in BC on Nov. 29, 2010 where academia showcased their work in applied research areas, aimed at assisting the Canadian plastics industry, advancing product and process innovation.

The forum featured presentations from prominent professors; those who possess insightful and thought provoking applied and developing plastics research activities applicable to the plastics industry.  

    In addition information was provided on a new class of fire retardants and the fast growing field of biodegradable polymers derived from bio-mass.

    Who Attended:
    The presentations were of interest to manufacturers of plastic products including those who utilize the techniques of extrusion, blow moulding, film blowing, and the products of composites.  

    To facilitate the effective communication of academic applied research germane to Canada’s plastics industry, including the identification of the unmet needs and opportunities of the industry. The forums are designed to bring researchers from universities into contact with plastics industry counterparts to seek functional fits, creating joint applied research projects of value to both parties.   Provide plastics industry accessibility to a “life-line of scholarly achievement” balanced with strategic government support initiatives intent on fostering discovery, innovation and economic competitiveness.

    Canadian plastics industry leaders, in concert with government officials and interested financial investors, were provided with an opportunity of listening, learning and acting upon the very best of current and prospective Applied Research and Development activities, which may be under way at selected universities throughout Canada.

    What to Expect:
    In addition to the highly informative academia speakers there will be a presentation from The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) about how they can help companies and researchers engage in R&D.

    The presentations were fast paced and informative and attendees had the opportunity to meet with the guest professors, NSERC and EDC following the sessions.

    Presentation Summaries

    Compatability of Polyethylene and Polypropylene

    Recycling operations routinely capture polyethylene and polypropylene as a mixture. Since polyolefines are simple hydrocarbons, it might be expected that they would mix together when melted and co-crystallize when cooled. Nonetheless this does not occur in most cases. The presentation will speak to this fact and suggest means to remedy immiscibility. This presentation will be of interest to those engaged in the reprocessing of materials captured in the recycling stream.

    The Plastics Age Beyond Carbon

    The plastics industry is currently reliant almost entirely on organic chemistry mainly involving a single element (carbon). The presentation will survey the field of inorganic plastics that offer unique physical and chemical properties. A focus will be a new class of phosphorous polymer which has application in areas ranging from pharmaceutical production to non-leachable fire retardant additives. This presentation will be of interest to those manufacturing products which must meet the stringent requirements of fire and building codes and other specifications.

    Enhanced Polymer Processing Aids

    The use of processing aids (PAs) such as boron nitride and nanoclays in the extrusion of polyolefines will be discussed. These PAs not only can eliminate sharkskin but postpone gross melt fracture at very high rates not accessible with conventional polymer processing aids. The paper will be of interest to those who are involved in extrusion, film blowing and blow moulding.

    Affordable Structural Composites for Industrial Appications

    Textile structural composites are an important class of affordable advanced materials. The use of textile composites in civil engineering, sporting goods and automobiles will be discussed. Specific examples will include a composite body for electrical vehicles, composite bicycles and composite rebar for concrete reinforcement. The talk will be of interest to those manufacturing conventional plastic composites as well as those supplying plastic products to the building industry.

    Biodegradable polymers from biomass

    Biodegradable polymers are of interest to the medical and packaging polymer/plastics industries. The paper will discuss the controlled synthesis of polymers with engineered mechanical properties and their derivation from sources of biomass. Recent advances in polymer synthesis and polymer rheology will be discussed. This presentation will be of interest to those contemplating the use of this new class of polymers for use in the manufacture of plastic products. 

    Design of Engineering Thermoplastics and their Applications in forming processes

    When manufacturing fibre reinforced thermoplastics thermal stresses can cause distortions in final parts. The paper will discuss computer programs that can predict these distortions in advance and reduce the time and cost of currently used trial and error methods to produce satisfactory results. The talk will be of interest to those engaged in the manufacture of thermoplastic composites for a myriad of applications.