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German manufacturer INA has unveiled plans to establish a new production facility in Svitavy, the Czech Republic. 2 March 2015
German technical moulder Gealan Formteile is already planning to expand its injection moulding capacity at the components plant in Hungary it launched less than a year ago. Gealan, based in Oberkotzau, Germany, invested around €2m in a project to establish the new automotive components and household products operation in Székesfehérvár that only started up last summer. 27 February 2015
Three of the six new plants that automotive moulder Plastic Omnium plans this year will be in China, part of a broader push it’s making in Asia, where it will locate 12 of the 20 new facilities in its near-term investment plans. The company said that 2014 sales in its automotive division rose 4.9% to €4.88bn, with profit up 8.6% to €401.7m. While European auto sales revenue grew 7.4%, and it said performance in the UK and Germany was “excellent,” much of its capital investment is targeting Asia, where it projects China’s vehicle market to grow 7.1% in 2015 to 23.2 million units. 27 February 2015
Swedish auto safety components supplier Autoliv could double output at its vehicle seatbelt plant in Sopronkövesd in north western Hungary thanks to a planned €36m expansion plan there. 26 February 2015
France-based RocTool, an equipment manufacturer, has announced that it has signed a license agreement with Swedish automobile company Volvo Cars. 23 February 2015
Polish automotive parts maker Stomil Sanok is planning to invest more than PLN 20m (€4.8m) with the aim of expanding the product range of its plant in Sanok, in Poland’s southern region of Podkarpackie, reports local news agency PAP. 23 February 2015
The prototype StreetScooter C16 electric vehicle (EV) shown by Stratasys at the Euromold fair in November has demonstrated the potential for 3D printing large body panels, and showed the scope for more rapid car design and manufacture. 20 February 2015
TransNav, of Michigan, US, and the Tilburg, Netherlands-based Rompa Group have established an injection moulding and thermoforming joint venture covering Europe and the Americas. Called TransRompa, the new company started manufacturing operations in a Rompa-run facility in Vyškov, the Czech Republic, and in an existing TransNav factory in Puebla, Mexico, in January. 18 February 2015
European Plastics News is holding its first Automotive Thermoplastic Composites conference in Stuttgart on 7-8 May. The programme includes speakers from car makers, Tier One suppliers and plastics companies leading the drive in this exciting new area. The BMW i3 and i8 cars have shown the desire of car manufacturers to use composites for lightweighting, replacing metal in structural and semi-structural parts. 17 February 2015
Spanish auto parts manufacturer Teknia Group has announced it has acquired the Serbian plastics injection moulding and metal stamping business Promotor Irva in Kragujevac. 16 February 2015
France-based automotive supplier Faurecia has announced its 2014 annual financial results, reporting a 5.5% increase compared to 2013 from €18.03bn to €18.83bn. In Europe, product sales totalled €7.87bn in 2014 versus €7.41bn in 2013, an increase of 6.2%. 13 February 2015
In its latest overseas acquisition, China’s Zhongding Sealing Parts is buying 100% of shares in German injection moulder Wegu Holding for €95m in cash. The payment will be wired by 31 March to DMB 1 Invest, which owns 90% of Wegu’s shares, publicly listed Zhongding said. 11 February 2015
Cutting vehicle weight through plastic substitution isn’t just about composite bodies and engineered interiors, as James Snodgrass learned for this feature on the Under The Hood conference. Under The Hood is a conference organised by European Plastics News devoted to lightweighting applications that are less easy to see: plastic-for-metal substitution outside the bodywork and interior. 9 February 2015
Tokyo-based specialist foam products producer JSP, the manufacturer of lightweight material Arpro, has broken new ground in the car industry with its work on a new application for the door panels of the BMW i8. 5 February 2015
After the signing of an agreement last week to be acquired by the private equity firm Bain Capital, Auburn Hills, Michigan, US-based TI Automotive is shutting the door on an industry collapse. 3 February 2015

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