Calif. court halts newest city bag ban
LOS ANGELES A California court has granted a preliminary injunction to prevent Manhattan Beach, Calif., from implementing its ban on plastic carryout bags, which was scheduled to go into effect Feb. 14.
Manhattan Beach would have been the third California city, along with San Francisco and Malibu, to ban plastic bags.
The Superior Court of California in Los Angeles County granted the request by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, which had argued that the city did not conduct an environmental impact review as required by the California Environmental Quality Act.
Meanwhile, the city of Santa Monica, Calif., has delayed action on a ban proposal. Save the Plastic Bag Coalition's lawyer, Stephen Joseph, sent a letter to Santa Monica officials saying the group would file a lawsuit if the ordinance was enacted without an environmental impact review.
Joseph sent similar letters Jan. 26 to city councils in the California towns of Morgan Hill and Mountain View, which also are considering plastic bag bans.
Last year, Joseph succeeded in getting Fairfax, Calif., to make its ban temporary. However, Fairfax voters in November reapproved a ban, which now is scheduled to go into effect in June.
Indian firm buys auto molder Polyflex
HOSUR, INDIA Indian commercial vehicle component maker Harita Seating Systems Ltd. of Hosur has entered the car seating market with its acquisition of Polyflex Group, a leading polyurethane foam molder and auto parts supplier.
Harita, part of auto parts firm TVS Group, makes seats for tractors, buses, two-wheelers and commercial vehicles. It is buying Bangalore-based Polyflex's Chennai and Bangalore sites and ``movable assets'' of a plant in Pune, India. Harita also is taking overPolyflex Engineering, which fabricates seat frames in Bangalore.
Polyflex, which was formed in 1983, has four divisions: PU foam, engineering, injection molding and seating. Its plastics business producing seat components is a Tier 2 automotive supplier whose operation includes a 600-ton injection press.
Polyflex supplies PU foam for vehicle seating to Tier 1 auto suppliers, including Tata Johnson in Pune and Chennai and to Dymos Indiain Chennai. Carmaker customers include Tata Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Hyundai Motors.
Polyflex will continue as a Tier 2 supplier to passenger vehicles. Once the takeover is complete, the company will be controlled by Harita-Fehrer, a 51-49 percent Harita joint venture with PU foam and car interior parts maker F.S. Fehrer Automotive GmbH of Kitzingen, Germany.