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Indian auto components group Samvardhana Motherson announced it is buying the assets of insolvent German plastics car parts producer Scherer & Trier (S & T). The €36m acquisition will further consolidate “the polymer business of Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. (MSSL) in Europe and North America”, it said.  18 December 2014
Chrysler is Chrysler no more. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Netherlands-based parent company of what was Chrysler Group, said today that it has changed the name of its US affiliate from Chrysler Group to FCA US.  17 December 2014
Poland’s plastic car parts maker Izo-Blok has launched its new production facility in Chorzów, in Poland’s southern region of Silesia. The factory makes its output with the use of EPP, reports local news site Automotivesuppliers.pl. 15 December 2014
Finnish investment fund KJK Capital has acquired a 51% stake in Slovenian components maker Iskra ISD.  11 December 2014
Automotive parts supplier Faurecia is to open a new production facility in the Ostroveni industrial zone, close to the city of Râmnicu Vâlcea in Romania’s central part, reports local news site Economica.net. Dumitru Cornoiu, the head of the country’s Valcea county, said that the firm is aiming to create as many as 1,500 new jobs at the plant which will make various car parts. 10 December 2014
Preh, the German-based supplier of injection moulded electronic controls to automotive companies, has completed the large-scale expansion of its production facilities in Monterrey, Mexico. The company has expanded its Kalos site by 5,000 square metres to 13,300 square metres and started operations in the extension on 20 November. Along with the Avante sister plant, which spans an area of 7,500 square metres, Preh now has a total of 20,800 square metres of production space in Monterrey. 9 December 2014
Tier 1 auto industry supplier Mecaplast Group says it will build its second injection moulding facility in Mexico in the city of Silao, central Mexico. 8 December 2014
Visteon confirmed this morning that it is in discussions with a private equity firm to sell its stake in South Korean joint venture Halla Visteon Climate Control. 27 November 2014
Global automotive component supplier Grupo Antolin has backed up its belief in Morocco as a growing centre for automotive sector development with the launch of its second parts plant there. 25 November 2014
Financier Wilbur Ross Jr has resigned from the boards of International Automotive Components Group SA and its subsidiaries due to new regulatory restrictions in the European Union limiting the number of directorships a bank officer may hold, according to a news release from IAC. 25 November 2014
Spanish automotive plastics parts moulder Teknia Group is concluding a fresh extension to its newly built production plant at Nivnice in the Czech Republic. 21 November 2014
If it's good enough for the World Cup, is it good enough for auto production? 20 November 2014
Hanover, Germany-based Benecke-Kaliko Group has announced that it is expanding production of foils for car interiors in Southern and Eastern Europe. 17 November 2014
German cable maker Stahlschmidt has unveiled plans to expand the output capacity of its production facility in Tatabánya, in Hungary’s north-western part. The factory makes a wide range of cables and connectors intended for automotive manufacturers, reports local news site Autopro.hu. 17 November 2014
The "active glove box" is injection moulded and includes the knee bolster airbag. 14 November 2014


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