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Lightweighting continues as the top theme for the auto industry


October 13, 2014 6:00 am ET

Polypropylene materials from Borealis AS are offering lighter weight and sustainability in the auto market.

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Ford asks suppliers for backup plans to avoid repeats of supply shortages


October 13, 2014 7:36 am ET

Ford Motor Co. is asking Tier 1 suppliers to make backup production plans for key plants that could disrupt Ford's vehicle assembly if they shut down.

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Kiefel boosts exposure to auto industry with tooling acquisition


October 9, 2014 10:07 am ET

German machinery company Kiefel GmbH, part of the Brückner group, has acquired Czech-based SWA sro, a company which provides compression, foaming and vacuum form tooling along with automation systems for the auto industry.

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Europlast building new mold making plant in Mexico for auto industry


October 8, 2014 2:34 pm ET

Pioneering packaging injection molder Europlast SA de CV, a 50-50 joint venture between Mexico's Weiss and Italy's Garlatti de Mozzi families, is to establish a mold making operation in the city of Querétaro, 130 miles northwest of Mexico City, at a ...

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IAC opens new European headquarters


October 8, 2014 11:43 am ET

Luxembourg-based auto supplier International Automotive Components has celebrated the official opening of its new European headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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A mold maker rebuilds, recovers from a roof collapse


October 7, 2014 1:05 pm ET

On a Tuesday afternoon in February, a crack appeared in the ceiling of JK Machining Inc. in Kalamazoo, Mich.

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Mold makers see crush of business from automakers


October 6, 2014 11:50 am ET

DETROIT — After an unexpected lull in business during the first half of the year, North American mold makers are seeing a big push from automakers that likely is just the first wave in demand that will stress capacity during the coming years.

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Ironwood Plastics expanding to keep up with growing demand


October 3, 2014 1:41 pm ET

Custom injection molder Ironwood Plastics Inc. has embarked on an ambitious expansion program.

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Mann + Hummel expands in Michigan


October 3, 2014 3:24 pm ET

Automotive supplier Mann + Hummel USA Inc. has opened a new manufacturing facility in Portage, Mich.

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Integrated plastic/metal injection molding helps cars trim weight


October 2, 2014 11:17 am ET

Although it consumes a scant 9 percent of European plastics production, the auto industry is driving plastics research in the region, said Mathias Weber, head of the injection molding department at the Institute of Plastics Processing at Germany's...

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