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Magna International plans to spend $48m (€43.2m) on a new facility in Novi, Michigan, US, for its seating division. 3 July 2015
Specialty chemicals group Borealis and plastics distribution firm Nexeo Solutions have announced an extended link-up to target the rigid and flexible packaging and fibre market, as well as the automotive, healthcare and infrastructure industries. The new Borealis distribution strategy will target growth in key European regions such as Germany, France, Benelux, UK, and enable what it called “continuous improvement in service”. 1 July 2015
The Federal German Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) announced on 24 June that it has fined five producers of automotive acoustic parts a total of €75m for having entered into price fixing arrangements. One of the companies affected is the Autoneum Germany subsidiary in Roßdorf of the Swiss company Autoneum (former Rieter Automotive), which stated on 24 June that it had been fined €29.5m by Bundeskartellamt. 
29 June 2015
Automotive manufacturers are only as strong as their weakest supplier. If one firm in the chain breaks, the results can delay vehicle production and affect the bottom line. 29 June 2015
Arburg’s dedication of its new headquarters in Rocky Hill drew 160 attendees 16-17 June, and after the ribbon cutting and speeches, they learned about lightweighting and additive manufacturing, and heard a 101-type explanation of hydraulics and pneumatics to power press movements. 26 June 2015
German plastic parts manufacturer Wirthwein has unveiled plans to expand its plant in Łódź, in Poland’s central part, reports local news agency PAP. 25 June 2015
German plastic car parts maker Kayser Automotive Systems is planning to open a new production facility in Poland. The firm recently won a tender to purchase a land plot in the Wałbrzyska special economic zone (WSSE), located in the country’s southern part. 22 June 2015
Poland’s plastic car parts maker Izo-Blok has announced plans to increase its output at the factory in Chorzów, in Poland’s southern region of Silesia. 19 June 2015
Johnson Controls Inc, the world's biggest producer of automotive seats, is looking for a way out of that business.  17 June 2015
Spanish automotive components maker Ficosa International has launched its third production plant in China in the north eastern city of Shenyang. 15 June 2015
BMW AG BMW's 2016 7 series sedan will use carbon fiber along with steel and aluminum in a mixed-material process in the passenger cell. 15 June 2015
Benecke-Kaliko has announced it has started work on a new 7,000 square metre automotive foils production facility next to its existing plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The company is investing €11.4m in the venture. 12 June 2015
In this Q&A feature for Plastics News Europe Thomas Oury at DuPont Performance Polymers says he recognises some positive developments in the European market for engineering plastics and sees a push in demand from the automotive industry. 12 June 2015
Johnson Controls debuted this concept interior at the North American International Auto Show in January, showing its capabilities in seating and trim. 11 June 2015
Barcelona-headquartered automotive supplier Ficosa International is spending more than $50m (€44m) to build a new production center in Cookeville, Tennessee, the company announced. The new plant will include injection moulding, painting and assembly operations, primarily dedicated to producing rear-view mirrors, a news release indicates.  11 June 2015

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