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Auto execs to talk talent, investment


January 9, 2014 9:43 am ET

Michigan lawmakers have scheduled a joint legislative meeting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15 to hear about automotive advances and what the state can do to further attract automotive jobs and investment.State Representative Frank Foster, a Republican from Foster and chair of the Michigan House Commerce...

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Technical part producers show their prowess


January 8, 2014 1:51 pm ET

Germany's TecPart association honored ten different parts during the 2013 K Fair in Düsseldorf, used in everything from consumer products to high-end cars like the Mercedes-Benz SLK.

Faurecia, Magneti Marelli form tech partnership


November 21, 2013 12:14 pm ET

NANTERRE, FRANCE — Faurecia, the France-based automotive equipment supplier and Magneti Marelli, the Italy-based automotive component maker have signed a cooperation agreement for advanced automotive human-machine interface (HMI) applications using plastic electronics.

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SPE blow molders give first parts awards


November 19, 2013 12:16 pm ET

ATLANTA — Two examples of packaging innovations won awards at the first-ever parts competition at the Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Blow Molding Conference.

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BMW's i3 car leads pack in SPE awards


November 15, 2013 11:42 am ET

NEUSS, GERMANY — Weeks ahead of the official Nov. 16 launch in the show rooms, BMW AG's i3 car — with a 35,000 euro ($47,000) price tag — has already picked up three awards at the Society of Plastics Engineers' Central Europe...

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Nissan Rogue tailgate garners top SPE award


November 7, 2013 11:13 am ET

LIVONIA, MICH. — The first time Magna International Inc. talked to Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. about the possibility of making a lightweight, all-olefinic tailgate for one of its vehicles was in the late 1990s. This year, the tailgate won Nissan...

Broken pay model keeps burden on auto toolmakers


November 5, 2013 3:23 pm ET

NOVI, MICH. — The North American auto industry is going to need to lock in good tool and die makers for the future if they want to meet expected new-product production goals. The question, said industry watcher Laurie Harbour, is whether an expected capacity shortage in tooling will be enough to change the standard payment structure for...

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Recaro seat goes to Delta


October 4, 2013 2:44 pm ET

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. — Recaro Child Safety LLC President John Riedl didn't have to look far to find an injection molder to make the largest component for an infant car seat that will be assembled at its facility 35 miles north of Detroit.

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Mooney: Durable goods a boon for heavy-gaugers


October 1, 2013 2:47 pm ET

ATLANTA — Peter Mooney thinks the pickup in U.S. consumer spending for durable goods is upbeat news for industrial thermoformers.

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Training centers increasingly part of auto landscape


August 29, 2013 11:43 am ET

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — With unemployment nationally topping 8 percent, it seems like it would be easy to fill auto industry jobs, but hiring has gotten far more complex. In this PN video, reporter Rhoda Miel looks at how automakers are...

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