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Steer-by-wire systems. Plastic active grille shutters. More efficient regenerative braking. Direct-shift automatic transmissions. Those are just some of the advanced technologies Toyota Motor's key suppliers are readying for the world's biggest automaker. 1 September 2015
Milacron Holdings has completed an expansion at its Mold-Masters’ hot-runner plant in India. 1 September 2015
Webasto is investing in a new administration and development centre at its headquarters in Stockdorf, Germany, said the car roof manufacturer, which produces polycarbonate roof systems as well as metal and composite systems. 28 August 2015
Polish auto component manufacturer Boryszew Group has established its first plant in Mexico with the construction of a 4,712 square metre unit for air conditioning parts offshoot Maflow in Silao, Guanajuato state. 27 August 2015
Increasing demand in power train and interior and exterior furnishing applications is expected to make the automotive plastics market worth $53bn (€47bn) by 2022, a new report has claimed. 27 August 2015
Seven institutes, including the Germany-based Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) and RWTH Aachen University, have announced they are working on developing infrastructure for the repair of carbon-reinforced plastics (CRP)-based series vehicles. 25 August 2015
French automotive supplier Plastivaloire announced in July that it had repurchased a 33% stake in its motor vehicle subsidiary, Bourbon Automotive Plastics (BAP), meaning it now owns 100% of the shares.  24 August 2015
Indian auto component supplier Samvardhana Motherson Group is investing $150m (€130m) in a facility in Alabama, US to make bumpers, interior panels and other parts for Mercedes Benz, state officials announced 20 August. 24 August 2015
Portugal’s car parts maker Simoldes Plásticos has completed the construction of a new production hall in Lipovka, in the Czech Republic’s northern part, and is currently recruiting staff for the facility, reports local news weekly Prague Post. 17 August 2015
Rusnano, Russia’s state-run nanotechnology corporation, has sold its 49% stake in the joint venture polymer nanocomposites producer Metaclay to Gazprom materials offshoot CJSC Gazprom Salavat StroyTEK. 12 August 2015
Motherson Sumi Systems’ growth strategy appears to turn the global auto supply chain upside down — the Indian component supplier and plastics moulder has made a name buying firms in North America and Europe. 12 August 2015
Automotive OEMs continue optimising plastics potential under the hood, in interiors and bodywork. In this feature for Plastics News Europe David Vink reviews progress reported at the VDI Plastics in Automotive Engineering conference and elsewhere. 11 August 2015
Indian automotive parts maker Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG) has unveiled plans to set up a new production facility in Kecskemét, in Hungary’s central part, reports local news agency MTI. The first phase of the investment is estimated to be worth some HUF 30bn (€96.9m), and the factory’s output will be supplied to Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét. 7 August 2015
With its recently announced spin-off of its automotive seating and interiors units, Johnson Controls’ massive Automotive Experience business is further distancing itself from injection moulding. 7 August 2015
BMW’s redesigned 2016 7-series sedan required a long list of weight-saving techniques to drop 290 pounds from its previous-generation weight. 5 August 2015


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