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Officials in the polyurethane equipment segment of KraussMaffei Group announced a project with a customer to make tanks for fuel cell vehicles, and outlined KM’s offerings at the upcoming PU China show. 30 July 2015
Germany's luxury automakers including BMW Group, Audi and Mercedes-Benz are looking to counter threats from hackers following the cyber strike which recently landed a Jeep Cherokee in a ditch. 29 July 2015
Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, Spain, has announced that mid-way through its Coaline project, which is focusing on developing a new profile manufacturing method by pultrusion for the building and automotive industries, it has seen a reduction of curing times in more than 50% of experiment cases. 28 July 2015
DuPont Performance Polymers has developed Vamac VMX-5000 ethylene acrylic elastomer (AEM), which it says offers “heat resistance as yet unmatched in AEM”. 28 July 2015
Johnson Electric is aiming to take on as many as 2,400 new workers at its production facility in Nis, Serbia, the country’s government said in a statement. Serbia’s Minister of Economy Zeljko Sertic, Mayor of Nis Zoran Perisic and senior company representatives have signed a memorandum of understanding on the project. The investment is estimated to be worth some €50m. 28 July 2015
Johnson Controls plans to spin off its automotive seating and interiors units, which will operate as an independent, publicly traded company.
27 July 2015
Bolstered by strong results for the first half of 2015 and a surge in new orders from automotive customers, Plastic Omnium has said it now expects to reach a €7bn sales target in 2017 rather than 2018 as it previously announced. The group said its six-month sales growth was driven by Europe where its sales rose 6.9% at constant exchange rates.  23 July 2015
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corporation has acquired a 49% stake in the innovative Spanish automotive components supplier Ficosa International. 22 July 2015
European new-car sales grew 8.4% in the first half of 2015, according to new figures from automotive intelligence provider JATO Dynamics. 22 July 2015
With the exit of CEO James Kamsickas to Dana Holding, International Automotive Components Group may be seeking a new direction. 21 July 2015
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the China-based joint venture created to take over Johnson Controls’s auto interior unit, will build a $55m (€50m) factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, US to supply components to Volkswagen’s nearby assembly plant. 17 July 2015
AVK, the German association for fibre reinforced plastics composites, said it has formed a new thermoplastics composites working group. Its kick-off event dedicated to "Continuous Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastics in the Automobile Sector" took place in Frankfurt on 1 July. 15 July 2015
Nylon 6 specialist Domo Chemicals of Leuna, Germany, acquired resin compounder and formulator Technical Polymers of Buford, Georgia, US, on June 30. The move to establish a significant US foothold represents Domo’s second major 2015 initiative. In May, Domo said it plans to invest in a state-of-the-art nylon compounding plant at the company’s Jiaxing site in Zhejiang province, China. 14 July 2015
Jim Kamsickas, the CEO of International Automotive Components Group, is leaving his company to become CEO of Dana Holding Corp while Steve Miller — a key player in the automotive supply chain for several years — will take over as CEO of IAC. 14 July 2015
Hungary-based ContiTech Fluid, an automotive supplier of rubber parts and plastic thermal pipes and connectors, is planning to invest some €12m at its production facility in Makó, in the country’s south-eastern part, reports local news site Autopro.hu. 9 July 2015

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