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French automotive and aeronautic manufacturer Hutchinson has unveiled plans to open a new plant in Ruma, in Serbia’s north-western part. The manufacturing project is expected to create about 200 new jobs, reports local news site SeeNews.com.  27 April 2015
A late-comer to the world’s largest auto market, French carmaker Renault is currently building its first factory in China. 27 April 2015
US car parts maker Federal-Mogul Motorparts has unveiled plans to establish a new production facility in Ploiesti, in Romania’s southern Prahova county, reports local news magazine The Diplomat - Bucharest.  22 April 2015
Volkswagen Group may shift to a single lithium ion battery cell design for all of its electrified vehicles. 22 April 2015
Papst Hungary is aiming to expand the output capacity in Vecsés, in the country’s northern part, as part of a €4.5m investment. 20 April 2015
Turkish car parts maker Meydan Group has unveiled plans to invest about TRY 2m (€700,000) with the aim of increasing its output capacity and boosting export sales, reports local business daily Dünya. The firm makes its products with the use of various plastics and metals. 20 April 2015
Automotive supplier EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics is investing $11.1m (€10.3m) to open a manufacturing facility in Anderson County, South Carolina, the company has announced. 20 April 2015
Passenger car registration in Europe increased for the 19th consecutive month in March 2015, according to data produced by the Brussels-based European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). 17 April 2015
Spain's Grupo Antolin has reached an agreement to purchase Canadian auto supply giant Magna International Inc.’s interiors unit in a deal valued at about $525m (€486.5m), Magna said today in a statement. If approved by regulatory officials the deal would create the world's third-larger player in the sector, Antolin said in a separate statement. 17 April 2015
French manufacturer Faurecia Automotive has unveiled plans to expand the output capacity of its factory in Gorzów Wielkopolski, in Poland’s western part. 16 April 2015
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America said 15 April it will build a $1bn (€940m) manufacturing facility in central Mexico to produce the Corolla compact sedan. 16 April 2015
In this feature David Eldridge looks at the Recyclite project, which sees Jaguar Land Rover, Luxus, Coperion and IAC breaking down barriers for recyclate used inside cars. Premium car maker Jaguar Land Rover is preparing to enter new territory and use recycled plastics in the passenger cabin to make interior trim with a Class A surface. 15 April 2015
Johnson Controls announced Tuesday the finalisation of an agreement to form a joint venture with Chinese auto supplier Yanfeng Automotive Trims Systems. 15 April 2015
Global automotive supplier Inteva Products has opened two new facilities globally and relocated a third. 15 April 2015
The North American performance materials unit of BASF SE expects its 2015 growth to come from the automotive, consumer and industrial markets. 14 April 2015


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