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What's new in plastics?

What's New In Plastics

The plastics industry in this country is considered to be one of the fastest growing segments of the economy. Since 1981, its annual growth rate has been more than twice that of the GDP (gross domestic product).

Ron Evanson, president of the Society of the Plastics Industry in Canada, is one of the industry's biggest supporters. In a speech made recently to members of SPI, he describes plastics as follows:

"Plastics is Canada's leading growth industry, surpassing all other manufacturing industries for the past 20 years. Plastics will continue to outgrow all other manufacturing industries well into the 21st century; through the creative and innovative ideas of the industry's entrepreneurs and chemists.

At an estimated $15-billion, plastics is three times bigger than Canada's wheat industry. It is bigger than steel, aluminum and glass.

Its industry is a leader in new product introduction, in design, in safety, and in employment growth. Plastics are the most advanced of the advanced industrial materials.

Plastics is a leader in energy conservation. It takes less energy to make a plastic bottle than a glass bottle; it takes less energy to make a plastic bag than a paper bag; it takes less energy to make plastic pipe than steel pipe.

To make all of the plastics products manufactured in Canada -- the telephones, the car seats, the airplane components, the blue boxes, the backyard composters, the garbage bags, the housing insulation, the shampoo bottles, the hearing aids, the human body parts, the eyeglasses, takes 2% of our oil and gas. Two percent.

Plastics are worth their weight in energy."

In order to give you a taste of what is happening, the activities of several plastics resin supply companies and university research activities are profiled in this next series of articles. An overview is not intended, just a taste of the myriad of activities taking place in the Canadian plastics industry.
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Author:Hollingshead, Sandra
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Date:Jan 1, 1990
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