Faurecia thrives as Germans expand in North America (Jan. 23)
French auto supplier Faurecia SA is angling for a bigger share of North America, and CEO Yann Delabriere is counting on sales to German automakers there, demand for luxury components, diesel exhaust systems for commercial trucks, and parts for global vehicles like the Ford Focus and Fiesta, to achieve that growth.
Ford pickup truck gets EcoBoost
Ford put a lot of engineering and marketing muscle into its V-6 EcoBoost engine for the F-150 pickup. Listen to Glenn Joseph of Miniature Precision Components and Chris Murphy of DuPont Automotive talk about how their firms and plastics are helping make the smaller EcoBoost engine a success.
“PN China Blog” by Nina Ying Sun
Tycoons back re-elected Taiwan president (Jan. 25)
President Ma Ying-jeou's win of a second four-year term was achieved with strong support from businesses heavily invested in the Chinese mainland, including high-profile execs from Foxconn and Formosa Plastics.
“The Plastics Blog” by Don Loepp
Composites help protect Jupiter satellite (Jan. 26)
Forget about moon colonies. A new thermoset composite, developed in part by Owens Corning, provides electrical magnetic interference shielding for vital components on the Juno satellite, which will orbit Jupiter to provide the best view yet of that planet.