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German automotive component extruder and injection moulder Schlemmer plans to double its annual turnover in Romania with a second major expansion of its corrugated tubing plant in Satu Mare. 31 October 2014
Polish industrial group Boryszew is planning to divest some of its assets to allow it to invest further in its buoyant automotive components business. Boryszew wants to raise between €47m-€71m through the sale of property and non-core business interests and re-invest the proceeds in its growing automotive and metal processing operations. 29 October 2014
Germany-based vehicle seating and car interior component maker Grammer has established a new offshoot in Italy. Grammer Italia srl. has been formed to consolidate the Amberg, Germany-based group’s activities in Italy and boost its presence in the significant Italian market, especially for agricultural and construction vehicle seating, it said. 28 October 2014
With the aim of expanding its Poland-based production facility, German cable maker Voss Automotive has opened a new production hall in Legnickie Pole, in the country’s south-western part. 23 October 2014
Car parts supplier IAC is aiming to open a new production facility in Přeštice, in the Czech Republic’s eastern part. The new factory is to produce a wide range of plastic car parts, and it will be operated by a workforce of about 500, local news agency ČTK reported. 21 October 2014
Automotive seals producer SaarGummi has announced plans to open a new plant in Tarnów, in Poland’s southern part, reported local news agency PAP. 20 October 2014
In this feature James Snodgrass looks at the composite applications for transportation that won their respective categories at this year’s JEC Innovation Awards. At the annual JEC Europe conference in Paris, France in March, the latest set of gongs were awarded for new advances in composite technology as part of the JEC Innovation Awards. 20 October 2014
Switzerland-based polyolefin foam maker Sekisui Alveo has introduced Alveocel LP F, a stiff foam board for automotive applications.  17 October 2014
Hungarian plastics processor and automotive components producer Jász-Plasztik has inaugurated a new €33.6m automotive battery production plant at its main manufacturing site in eastern Hungary. 17 October 2014
Germany based robotics maker, Reis, a division of Kuka as of this year, has developed a system for the mass production of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) sports cars. Its client, Advanced Composite Engineering (ACE), a former division of aircraft makers EADS/Dornier, will be using robots to bolt together CFRP components. 15 October 2014
Precision French moulder AdduXi Group is opening its first factory outside of its home country — in a Detroit suburb — and the top local executive said the time is right, as the US automotive industry is on a roll. 15 October 2014
German mould-maker Hofmann has produced the mould for a novel LED light used in Porsche’s Macan compact SUV. The rear lighting system, developed by Hella, uses “light-strips” for guiding LED light. 14 October 2014
Pioneering packaging injection molder Europlast SA de CV, a 50-50 joint venture between Mexico’s Weiss and Italy’s Garlatti de Mozzi families, is to establish a mould making operation in the city of Querétaro, 130 miles northwest of Mexico City, at a cost of $2.5m (€1.96m). 9 October 2014
Luxembourg-based company International Automotive Components (IAC) has celebrated the official opening of its European headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany. 8 October 2014
First prize in the products and applications category in the 2014 AVK Federation of Reinforced Plastics Innovation awards went to the IVW composites institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany. This was for its development of so-called “crash muffins” – glass fibre reinforced thermoplastics crash absorbers in the shape of a traditional pleated paper muffin cup. IVW says it is seeking serial production possibilities for the muffin technology. 7 October 2014

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