Automotive

Auto industry globalization: Tier I production reaches Laos

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 23rd, 2014

Japanese Tier I Toyota Boshoku (Kariya) is perhaps the first auto-related company to invest in a production facility in the impoverished Southeast Asian country of Laos. In April this year, the company started the manufacture of automobile seat covers in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Production capacity is 200,000 units/year.

Thermoforming Technology Group acquires Lyle Industries

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Consolidation in the thermoforming machinery sector continues with the announcement by Thermoforming Technology Group LLC (TTG) that it has acquired Lyle Industries of Beaverton, MI, one of the leading thermoforming machinery manufacturers in the United States. Thermoforming Technology Group is the parent company of Brown Machine LLC and EPCO LLC, which were acquired in January 2008.

Plastic air intake manifold with integrated charge air cooler

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2014

A recently-introduced hybrid sports car features the world's first high-heat plastic air intake manifold (AIM) with integrated charge air cooler (CAC). The engineering plastic used in this application is a high temperature-resistant polyamide (PA) 46 from the Stanyl Diablo range of DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

Supplier outlook continues its optimistic attitude

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 21st, 2014

While supplier outlook continued to rebound in July, the optimism resided with very large suppliers (over $1 billion in revenue) or the small suppliers (under $50 million in revenue). That was the conclusion of the July Automotive Supplier Barometer from the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).

Polycarbonate rear window 35% lighter than glass version

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 20th, 2014

With the automotive industry focused on hitting future fuel economy and emission targets, the Ford Motor Company has revealed a drivable multi-material lightweight vehicle (MMLV) with polycarbonate (PC) glazing from Sabic's Innovative Plastics business. This solution reportedly realizes a 35% weight reduction compared to the same window on a 2013 model year Ford Fusion production vehicle.

Large vertical press delivers process flexibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

For overmolding of organic sheets and tapes, and in high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) processes, if often makes sense to work with gravity according to machine builder Engel (Schwertberg, Austria). "This reduces the effort in the handling of parts and the fixation of insert parts in the mold, and also facilitates manual intervention," it notes.

Continental Structural Plastics acquire Magna’s composites operations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the composites operations of Magna Exteriors. This acquisition, which will make CSP the world's largest sheet molding composites (SMC) compounder and manufacturer, includes the assets of five Magna facilities located in North America.

Nine-year-old students have fun creating robots from plastic parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Several months back, Saint-Gobain Seals' Rioja site in Spain became a little more lively due to a group of special visitors -- students from the Escolapias school in Logroño. The site regularly conducts visits for various groups, familiarizing them with the manufacturing industry and in particular, the injection molded precision parts that are produced there.

Automated material handling sales estimated to hit $26.2 billion by 2018

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Global sales of automated material handling equipment are projected to reach $26.2 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Priority Metrics Group, (PMG), a research and consulting firm.

Published under the company's IndustryInsight banner, the 200-plus page Automated Material Handling Markets Worldwide report also shows that 2013 sales of $19.7 billion reflected a 25 percent increase over 2011.

Fluoro-LSRs deliver processing efficiency for fuel-resistant auto components

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 15th, 2014

Building on its elastomer technology in fluoro liquid silicone rubber (F-LSR), Dow Corning Corporation (Midland, MI) is introducing two new Silastic brand F-LSRs to expand design options and provide processing efficiency for fuel-resistant automotive components.

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