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Johnson Controls has revealed the results of its “Stuff in Cars” global study, which was in response to the ever growing importance of automotive interior design and the need for quality storage solutions. The study found that people felt that the most important item to stow in a location that is in reach of the driver, secured and easily accessible while driving were sunglasses. 26 August 2014
Possehl Group’s acquisition of TPS Technical Plastic Systems will bring together companies which specialise in the manufacture of hybrid plastic-metal components for the automotive industry. Possehl Electronics Deutschland, based in Niefern-Öschelbronn near Pforzheim, is acquiring TPS from DT Holding for an undisclosed amount. 21 August 2014
Germany-based Grammer, a seating systems and automotive component producer, has reported increased sales for the first half of 2014. 20 August 2014
South Korean manufacturer Youngsan Glonet Corp. has announced plans to set up a new production facility in northern Slovakia. The designed investment is to create about 750 new jobs, reports local news agency CTK. 20 August 2014
German automotive supplier Aunde Group has signed a deal to acquire local car parts manufacturer Fehrer. The acquisition is expected to be completed in September, once the contract is approved by Germany's antitrust watchdog Bundeskartellamt. 18 August 2014
Japanese materials firm Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. (MRC) has acquired a majority stake in Wethje Holding, a German producer of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRP) for the auto market.
18 August 2014
Ford Motor Co. today demonstrated its “seamless sliding rear window” feature developed by Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. for the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickups. 15 August 2014
Nissan North America is pulling back from a strategy of buying parts from low-cost countries and is now encouraging suppliers to locate near its US assembly plants instead. 8 August 2014
Lightweighting is gaining ground in the automotive industry as the preferred method for meeting fuel efficiency standards, although plastics and composites aren’t top picks for material substitution. 7 August 2014
Canadian automotive supplier Magna International sees local strategy and efficiency improvements as key cost-saving measures within its supply chain. 6 August 2014
Dow Automotive Systems, the Switzerland-based division of Dow Chemical, has launched what it describes as the first truly viable amine emission-free polyurethane (PU) foam solution for interior applications.  5 August 2014
Cooper Standard Holdings, parent company of Cooper Standard Automotive, is forming a joint venture with Inoac of Japan to expand the reach of its fluid transfer systems products in the Asia-Pacific automotive market.
5 August 2014
Germany-based Tristone Flowtech Group, an automotive supplier of fluid applications, has announced that its sales grew by 14% to reach €102.6m in the first half of 2014. 4 August 2014
New truck and car applications and concepts are using composites, in-mould techniques and biomimicry. In this feature David Vink reports on developments shown at the 2014 VDI plastics in automotive engineering conference. Hartmut Häberle, plastics body engineering and cabins consultant at MAN Truck & Bus, said that since MAN introduced a resin-transfer moulded (RTM) raised roof in the 1990s, 400,000 have been produced by Fritzmeier Composite. 4 August 2014
Italy’s Global Systems International, a producer of assembled plastic parts for machinery and vehicle manufacturers, has invested BRL 35m (€11.5m) over the past year in three new production plants in Brazil, with all opening in September to serve growing demand in Brazil and Argentina, the company’s commercial manager told EPN's sister publication Plastics News. 4 August 2014

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