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Daimler has launched new versions of its Smart ForTwo and ForFour city cars, which, in previous models, have made extensive use of plastics in exterior and interior parts. Development of the new Smart ForTwo and ForFour was a joint project between Daimler and Renault, whose Twingo city car shares the same platform as the Smart cars. The ForFour car will be made at Renault’s plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, and the ForTwo will continue production at Smart’s plant in Hambach, France. ...(more)
Germany-based chemical giant, BASF, has announced a 1% growth in sales for the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, reporting sales of €18.5bn. EBIT increased by €246m to €2.0bn compared with the previous second quarter.
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Materials firm Royal DSM NV plans to build a new nylon resin plant in North America, but no decision has been made on the plant’s exact location. A DSM spokeswoman said that the plant likely would be in the south-eastern US to serve the firm’s customers there. ... (more)

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