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Lanxess has officially opened its auto-oriented thermoplastics compounding plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil. 14 April 2014
Toyota said it is recalling around 6.5 million cars worldwide – including 35,000 in the UK – in what is being billed as one of the largest recalls in history. 9 April 2014
ContiTech aims to build on its momentum of recent months by advancing its position in various geographic and product markets through organic growth and acquisition. The Continental Corp-owned company, on 8 April, posted a 2% increase in earnings (EBIT) to €462.1m on 2013 sales of €3.9bn, around 5% higher than the previous year. 9 April 2014
German car parts manufacturer Ideal Automotive has announced plans to expand its production facility in Stříbro, in western Czech Republic. 8 April 2014
Wittmann Battenfeld, of Connecticut, has formed a company exclusively to handle business with Mexico’s flourishing maquiladora industry. 7 April 2014
Germany-based Grammer, a seating systems and automotive component producer, has announced its annual financial results for 2013 showing a rise in sales of 12%. In 2012 Grammer reported a revenue of €1.13bn increasing to €1.27bn in 2013. 4 April 2014
ContiTech, an automotive parts manufacturer, has announced its acquisition of two Germany-based blow moulding companies. Hanover-based ContiTech Inotec says that it has bought Innovative Technologie and Präzisionstechnik Geithain. 2 April 2014
Einbeck, Germany-based Kayser Automotive Systems opened its first design and sales office in India in December, and recently received clearance to open production in the country soon. 1 April 2014
Leading Russian compounder and pipe producer Polyplastic has sealed a deal with German chemicals giant BASF covering the supply and use of additives and joint composite development for the automotive industry. 28 March 2014
Luxfer Group is speeding up its entry into a growing composite fuel tank market through an acquisition. 27 March 2014
Croatias plastic car parts producer AD Plastik has signed a deal with German automotive supplier Hella under which it will make components for Opel and Renault vehicles.  26 March 2014
Indian owned automotive lighting producer Varroc Lighting Systems plans to invest around €47m in new technology and research and development at its Czech plants by 2016. 26 March 2014
In this feature James Snodgrass reports on how the concept of a car built from a rotational moulded monocoque has come a step closer to reality in the shape of a novel agricultural vehicle. 21 March 2014
Engel has won another order to supply injection moulding equipment to BMW's Leipzig factory in Germany, to manufacture car body shell components for the BMW i3 electric vehicle. 20 March 2014
US-based compounder RheTech is producing rice hull-reinforced plastics for use in automotive applications for Ford. Rice hulls are a waste product from the cultivation of rice grain, and are used instead of talc in the electrical harnesses of Ford’s 2014 F-150 trucks. 19 March 2014


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