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Toy supplier sues maker in reshoring fight


September 15, 2014 3:18 pm ET

An Arkansas toy supplier is suing a Taiwan-based manufacturer for breach of contract and other civil allegations in a legal dispute that not only threatened delivery of some battery-operated, ride-on cars to Wal-Mart Stores Inc., but is being...

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ZF finalizes deal to buy TRW, creating another global auto supply giant


September 15, 2014 1:09 pm ET

TRW Automotive Holdings, in a supply chain megadeal that has been in the works since mid-July, said Sept. 15 it has agreed to be acquired by German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG for $13.5 billion in cash.

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Sabic, Chinese Academy of Sciences sign five-year development agreement


September 15, 2014 11:54 am ET

Ties between one of the world's biggest oil producers and one of its biggest consumers grew tighter Sept. 12 with the announcement of a five-year agreement between petrochemical giant Saudi Basic Industries Corp. and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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China's Zhongtai Chemical calls off large-scale PVC project


September 12, 2014 2:16 pm ET

Accepting the gloomy reality of the PVC market, Xinjiang Zhongtai Chemical Co. Ltd. has officially canceled a 800,000-ton PVC resin project and instead is moving the investment costs into other projects.

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China's top plastics processors named


September 10, 2014 5:46 pm ET

China National Light Industry Council has released its annual rankings of plastic processors.

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Beaumont battles technology theft from China


September 10, 2014 2:21 pm ET

John Beaumont, who runs a small company in Erie, Pa., making a product for injection molds called the MeltFlipper, is facing a website in China that he says cut-and-pasted company sales information from his Beaumont Technologies Inc., and from...

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Compounder China XD steps up overseas expansion


September 8, 2014 2:29 pm ET

Despite its overseas listing on Nasdaq, automotive compounder China XD Plastics Co. Ltd. has been a fairly domestically focused manufacturer. Until now, that is.

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Guangzhou molder creates new products for niche markets


September 5, 2014 1:24 pm ET

GUANGZHOU, CHINA — Guangzhou Talents Foamer Pump Co. provides an object lesson on how small commodity manufacturer can make a mark in an ever-competitive international market.

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Cooper Standard boosts stake in largest Chinese auto sealing manufacturer


September 4, 2014 5:39 pm ET

NOVI, MICH. — Cooper Standard Holdings Inc. has agreed to buy an additional 47.5 percent of Huayu-Cooper Standard Sealing Systems Co. Ltd., its joint venture with Huayu Automotive Systems Co., and become the 95 percent equity owner of the...

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Battenfeld-Cincinnati secures major Chinese extruder deal


September 2, 2014 10:58 am ET

An undisclosed major Chinese pipe manufacturer has ordered 25 extruders from German-Austrian company Battenfeld-Cincinnati's subsidiary, Battenfeld-Cincinnati Extrusion Systems in Foshan, China.

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