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Auto industry on the hunt for new lightweight materials


January 26, 2015 4:03 pm ET

The auto industry is focusing on lightweighting, and this is igniting a race to find new materials that can meet ever-changing performance needs of the OEMs.

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Continental builds low-emission interior trim factory in China


January 26, 2015 12:33 pm ET

Benecke-Kaliko AG is making the largest investment in its history to build an environmentally friendly auto interior trim plant in China, prompted by rapidly increasing demand for in-car air quality improvement in a country plagued by air pollution.

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Gurit wins carbon fiber auto contract using new processing technology


January 23, 2015 9:22 am ET

Switzerland-based composite materials group Gurit Holding AG has been selected as the supplier for carbon fiber based automotive body panels at a value of more than 30 million Swiss francs ($34.4 million), calculated on a multi-annual basis.

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ACC's 'Roadmap' gaining traction


January 22, 2015 1:56 pm ET

Nearly a year into the launch of the latest effort to promote greater use of plastics in automotive applications, a trade group behind the push says the plan is taking hold.

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Auto supplier Cooper-Standard to trim operations in Europe


January 22, 2015 11:08 am ET

Novi, Mich.-based Cooper-Sandard Holdings Inc. said Jan. 21 it plans to consolidate its operations in Europe, including reducing manufacturing in France and Germany and moving some production to Eastern Europe.

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Hyundai Mobis investing $24 million to expand in Slovakia


January 22, 2015 9:28 am ET

South Korean auto parts maker Hyundai Mobis has unveiled plans to invest about 21 million euros ($24.1 million) to modernize and expand the output capacity of its production facility in Gbeľany, in Slovakia's northern part.

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Buick concept makes waves with plastic


January 21, 2015 2:25 pm ET

Buick's newly-debuted Avenir concept car includes a large polymer dash panel that's making waves — literally. The panel, glossy and smooth to the touch, is designed with a deep wave pattern carved into the back of the material. It has the...

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Pyramid investing in new presses as it targets sales in medical, technical molding


January 21, 2015 1:40 pm ET

Custom molder Pyramid Plastics Inc. is investing to boost its stake in medical and technical molding.

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Speaker: Designers, materials firms must collaborate in auto lightweighting


January 21, 2015 2:17 pm ET

With aggressive federal automobile mileage standards now just a decade away, Jeffrey Sternberg is convinced that plastics can play an important role in helping automakers achieve the mandate.

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Hart takes hands-on approach


January 21, 2015 11:06 am ET

When Melanie Hart walks the floor of one of her plants, she solves problems.

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