Tornado hits TG auto plant in Kentucky
TROY, MICH. Several employees were injured April 4 when a tornado struck a plastic and rubber auto body sealing plant in southern Kentucky.
None of the injuries were life threatening, according to an April 5 news release from Toyoda Gosei North America Corp., based in Troy. The affected plant TG Automotive Sealing Kentucky in Hopkinsville, Ky. and TG North America both are part of Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. of Kiyosu, Japan.
The plant suffered significant damage after the tornado struck around noon April 4, according to the release. The plant's finished-goods area sustained significant building damage and loss of power, officials added. The firm is making efforts to return the plant to production as quickly as possible, they said.
TG's highest concern is for the safety of our team members, officials said. The plant opened in 2001 and has more than 300 employees making parts for Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles.
Canadian supplier ABC forms Ningbo JV
NINGBO, CHINA Tier 1 automotive supplier ABC Group Inc. of Toronto has formed a joint venture with Ningbo Inoac Huaxiang Automobile Products Co. Ltd (IHX), in a move that should strengthen both firms' global platforms.
The Ningbo-based venture, Ningbo ABC Inoac Huaxiang Co. Ltd., is expected to help increase market share for both auto suppliers, particularly in the fast-growing Chinese market.
ABC Group's expanded presence in China is an important part of our global growth plan, ABC Chairman Helga Schmidt said in a news release.
IHX has been serving the Chinese auto industry since 2002. The joint venture will help broaden its product offering and customer base, said Chairman Ken Miwa.
The facility will manufacture interior, exterior and engine support products for customers including Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan and Daimler. The company also plans to start supplying North American automakers in the near future.
ABC Group will introduce its innovative injection and blow molding and system-based manufacturing expertise into AIH.
IHX is also a joint venture between Nagoya, Japan-based Inoac Corp. and China's Ningbo Huaxiang Electronic Co. Ltd.
ABC also has a strategic alliance with Yapp Automotive Parts Co. Ltd. to supply fuel tanks in North America, Europe and Asia.
RÃ¶chling expansion targeting China
MANNHEIM, GERMANY RÃ¶chling Automotive AG & Co. KG will build its third plant in China, in Chengdu, molding air-duct systems and other parts for Chinese, North American and European automakers.
RÃ¶chling has plans for more growth in China, expecting eventually to operate five manufacturing centers in the country, according to an April 7 news release. It did not disclose where in China the other sites will go, or when they may open.
Controllable air-duct systems are a new product for the Chinese market, RÃ¶chling said. The 140,000-square-foot factory will provide space for growth. The Mannheim-based firm will build on its reputation in China for air-intake manifolds, said Gerhard Neidinger, managing director of RÃ¶chling Automotive Asia.
Chengdu has a well-developed infrastructure and offers a good location to supply customers throughout southwestern China, officials said. It will join existing facilities in Changchun and Suzhou as well as a sales office in Shanghai.
Single Temperature Controls relocates
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Single Temperature Controls Inc., which makes temperature-control systems, heat-transfer units and chillers, has moved to a 7,900-square-foot facility in Charlotte.
German parent Single Temperiertechnik GmbH of Hochdorf created the U.S. subsidiary in 2008. It shared a building with another business, said Chase Dooley, applications engineer.
Single specializes in equipment such as high-temperature water systems and alternating-temperature technology that can quickly switch between heating and cooling the mold.
Single has added two people in Charlotte: Dooley and Jim Fisher, manager of alternating temperature technology.
The firm has found medical molding applications for its new STW 225 temperature-control units, which provide water at 440° F. The STW 225 is designed for applications when the use of oil is not acceptable for heat transfer, and electrical heating elements give inconsistent performance.