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Ontario invests USD350,000 for plastic sheeting maker to produce face shields

November 23/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The Ontario provincial government is investing USD350,000 in clear plastic sheeting maker Integrated Packaging Films (IPF), of Ayr, Ont., to help the firm with the production of an additional four million face shields per month for use during the second wave of COVID-19, said Canplastics.

The funding will be used to help the company create new jobs and increase production of PET film by 49 per cent for use in the additional face shields.

"As a manufacturer of clear plastic sheeting for over 23 years, Integrated Packaging Films is excited to work towards protecting Ontarians against the COVID virus, IPF president Bill Mechar said in a statement. With the help of the governments Ontario Together Fund, we will increase capacity of clear film and offer Canadian manufacturers locally made materials for fabricating face shields. This expansion will also create several new full-time jobs in our Ayr facility."

As MRC informed earlier, in response to urgent needs by medical professionals for protective equipment to combat COVID-19, Solvay is supplying high-performance, medical-grade transparent film to Boeing for its production of face shields.

According to MRC's DataScope report, Russian companies decreased their purchasing of PP in foreign markets in October including due to the reduction of export quotas from some producers, imports amounted to 17,900 tonnes against 19,900 tonnes a month earlier. Thus, overall PP imports into Russia reached 181,100 tonnes in January-October 2020, compared to 152,100 tonnes a year earlier. Purchasing of all grades of propylene polymers in foreign markets increased, with homopolymer PP imports accounting for the most noticeable rise.

Founded in 1997, IPF produces films for automotive, food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, printing, and consumer packaging markets.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PP, PK, medical supplies, Medicine, medical equipment.
Category:General News
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