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Automakers look under the hood for the next lightweighting opportunities


August 20, 2014 1:06 pm ET

The automotive industry's current favorite target for lightweighting efforts is the powertrain, according to a recent survey.

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Cooper-Standard JV to focus on Asia


August 20, 2014 10:17 am ET

Cooper Standard Automotive Inc. is forming Cooper Standard Inoac Pte. Ltd. — a joint venture with Inoac Corp. of Japan — to expand the reach of its fluid transfer systems products in the Asia-Pacific automotive market.

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Ohio molder sold to private equity firm


August 19, 2014 5:23 pm ET

Private equity firm TVV Capital of Nashville has acquired injection molder Design Molded Plastics Inc. for an undisclosed price.

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Germany's Bolta building $50 million plating plant in Alabama


August 19, 2014 2:21 pm ET

A German company is setting up a plastics chrome plating plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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RTP expands very long fiber thermoplastic production to Mexico


August 19, 2014 9:47 am ET

RTP Co. has introduced very long fiber reinforced compounds at its Monterrey, Mexico, facility.

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Chrysler purchasing chief faces tall order


August 18, 2014 1:21 pm ET

So much for Tom Finelli's honeymoon phase as Chrysler Group's new purchasing chief for North America.

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Germany's Aunde set to acquire Fehrer


August 18, 2014 1:19 pm ET

German automotive supplier Aunde Group has signed a deal to acquire local car parts manufacturer F.S. Fehrer Automotive GmbH. The acquisition is expected to be completed in September, once the contract is approved by Germany's antitrust watchdog.

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BMW closes the carbon fiber loop


August 18, 2014 10:43 am ET

BMW's extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic in its i-series vehicles has prompted the development of ways to recycle unused material.

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Mitsubishi buys German automotive composite-part supplier


August 15, 2014 12:55 pm ET

Japanese materials firm Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. (MRC) has acquired a majority stake in Wethje Holding GmbH, a German producer of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) for the auto market.

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Minnesota blow molder adding space and equipment


August 15, 2014 10:10 am ET

Blow Molded Specialties Inc. is expanding its capacity, taking over a nearby building to add 25,000 square feet of space for more molding and assembly.

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