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Italian compounder Sirmax setting up U.S. production in Indiana


January 15, 2015 5:26 pm ET

Italian plastics compounder Sirmax SpA will set up a U.S. operation to supply automotive and appliance markets.

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Plastics to continue its growth curve in auto industry


January 15, 2015 5:17 pm ET

Increased use of plastics in automotive applications has been on a decades-long and incremental journey of greater acceptance, says auto industry veteran Frank Macher.

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India's Motherson builds car mirror molding plants in Michigan, China


January 15, 2015 5:12 pm ET

Global auto parts molder Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec is spending $40 million on a plant expansion in Michigan that will nearly double its North American capacity for rearview mirrors.

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German composites firms expect long-term economic improvements


January 15, 2015 9:25 am ET

Trade association Composites Germany has released the results of its fourth six month survey on developments in composites, which indicate respondents see the current economic situation as positive despite a slight dip from the previous survey.

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Roechling buys HPT to expand presence in pharmaceutical packaging


January 13, 2015 4:55 pm ET

Global plastics processor Roechling Engineering Plastics KG is beefing up its presence in pharmaceutical packaging by acquiring German molder HPT Hochwertige Pharmatechnik GmbH & Co. KG.

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KraussMaffei, 3Con to make complete auto interior molding system


January 13, 2015 11:30 am ET

KraussMaffei AG is building on its reaction process machinery in the area of automotive interior trim, partnering with Austrian laminating, thermoforming and edgefolding components specialist 3CON Anlagenbau GmbH.

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Smart car's PC roof absorbs energy, improves fuel economy


January 13, 2015 10:43 am ET

Munich, Germany-based automotive parts company Webasto AG has supplied the world's largest injection-molded, transparently coated car roof with an infrared absorber states Bayer MaterialScience (BMS).

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Private equity firm buys U.S. Farathane Corp.


January 12, 2015 4:20 pm ET

Private equity firm the Gores Group has acquired Auburn Hills, Mich.-based injection molder U.S. Farathane Corp. for more than $500 million. Farathane was the 2005 Plastics News Processor of the Year.

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Ford's new GT part of an effort to rev up auto industry's carbon fiber use


January 12, 2015 2:12 pm ET

If 2014 was the year of aluminum for Ford Motor Co., 2015 is looking like a year for carbon fiber.

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Employees need not fear ZF acquisition of TRW, ZF CEO says


January 12, 2015 1:43 pm ET

DETROIT — The $12.4 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. by Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen AG has many in metro Detroit afraid.

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