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Video report: Tracking down Aston Martin's suppliers in China

February 19, 2014 1:37 pm ET

Luxury sports car maker Aston Martin recently announced a recall of more than 17,000 cars, or roughly 75 percent of the vehicles it's made since 2007, because of counterfeit nylon resin in a throttle pedal arm made in China.


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India's plastics sector dealing with growth, challenges

February 12, 2014 4:02 pm ET

In spite of India’s recent economic downturn, there was optimism at the recent Plastivision trade show in Mumbai. Plastics consumption in India is expected to double by 2020, to 20 million metric tons. Major end use markets like automobiles are growing. Car production in India is expected to also double to 6 million a year in that time. Plast...


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Plastics putting the buzz in electric cars

January 23, 2014 1:35 pm ET

Electric cars may not have gotten the same buzz at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year as they have in the past, but that doesn't mean they've disappeared. Watch this video report from the show on how suppliers and industry leaders see only growth ahead.


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Detroit SPE makes annual toy donation

December 20, 2013 2:28 pm ET

In 2000, two members of the Society of Plastics Engineers' Detroit chapter — Don Root of Uniplas Inc. and Bob Fischer of American Plastic Toys Inc. — brainstormed an idea for the section to collaborate on a toy donation. Now in its 13th year, SPE has donated more than 420,000 toys, which would be worth more than $1 million at stores. Wa...


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Racing toward the future of auto design

December 12, 2013 12:03 pm ET

Each year, seniors in the automotive design program at Detroit's College for Creative Studies design future cars based on briefings from businesses. This year, the American Chemistry Council sponsored the fall program, led by instructors Joann Jung and Eric Stoddard. Watch this video of the 14 students and some of their designs.


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Welcome to the dark side of K 2013

October 29, 2013 3:50 pm ET

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — OK, so no metaphysical fictional force was involved, but with 219,000 visitors at this year's K show in Düsseldorf, how does a company like Formech draw visitors to the far side of Hall 4 when there is so much to see? Maybe by drawing on its history.


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