Canadian plastics firms to fight ‘toxic’ listing

A coalition of Canadian plastics companies is to challenge its government’s decision in May to add “all plastics manufactured items” to the toxic substanc- es (Schedule 1) list in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), the country’s main piece of legislation covering human health and environmental protection. The newly-formed

Responsible Plastic Use Coalition (RPUC) has filed a notice of application in the Federal Court of Canada challenging the decision. It argues it is scientifically unjustifiable and points out that plastics comply with

federal regulations in place to ensure safe use.

Substances can be added to the CEPA Schedule 1 list if they are considered to be harmful to environment and biodiversity and/or human

can collation rings. However, “all plastics manufactured items” is the only non-specific class of substances to be added to the Schedule 1 list. The RPUC described the inclusion as “a significant over-reach by the federal government” and said the move presents an obstacle to creation of a circular economy. “The challenge we face is

health. Legal experts say that inclusion of “all plastics manufactured items” on the list may simplify the process of implementing bans on single-use products such as plastic drinking straws and

not that plastic is toxic, but rather the challenge of post-consumer plastic in the environment resulting from human behaviour and systemic waste manage- ment and recycling short- falls,” the coalition says. �

US moulder adds largest Engel yet

Custom moulder i2-tech of West Des Moines, Iowa, has revealed that it will take delivery in June of the largest machine it has bought from Engel in their five-year relationship. Originally ordered in October 2020, this has 4,400 US tons of clamping force and an integrated Viper 120 linear robot.

“For a long time, many of our customers had been asking us to quote business in the 4,400-plus press range. And we’ve had to no-quote those opportunities,” said Darin Endecott, president of i2-tech. “In addition, we needed redundancy for our 3,300-ton press for disaster recovery purposes.” The new machine will

enable i2-tech to add parts such as sun tops on recrea- tional vehicles, and fuel and hydraulic tanks. This is all part of a larger expansion that includes four more Engel machines in the 310-1,725 tonne range. It is also increas- ing its production and warehousing space. � �

Jokey invests in France

Jokey France has revealed that it complet- ed construction of a fully automated high-bay warehouse at Labourse, northern France, in 2020, after two years of work. This has also cleared space to enable new production lines to be set up in the future, the company said. Within the new

warehouse, which operates around the clock, 7,500 pallet spaces are stored in ten levels over an area of 2,000 m2


Three cranes move autonomously between the 25m high racks to store and retrieve pallets. In all 80 pallets can be stored each hour. In addition, Jokey is investing in a 1,800 m2 photovoltaic system to generate electricity to power the plant, which should be completed by summer. In all, the company is investing €5.2m in energy-efficient and energy-saving technologies as part of a commitment to carbon- neutrality by 2030. �

SABIC advances EV battery packs concept

SABIC’s automotive business in the Netherlands has developed a plastic- intensive electric vehicle (EV) battery pack concept, using a systems-engi- neering approach. This is said to offer 30-50% weight savings per compo- nent, improve energy density, simplify


assembly, reduce costs, improve thermal control and safety, and enhance crash-worthiness. The company expects several large

battery enclosures moulded with its thermoplastics to be used in produc- tion EVs by 2024. One plug-in hybrid

EV model in China is already using a SABIC PP compound instead of aluminium for its battery pack cover, while others are using its materials for cell carriers and housings, battery modules and battery enclosures. �


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