September 19, 2011 News

SABIC buys stake in German automotive joint venture

by Canadian Plastics

In a bid to expand its portfolio of lightweight materials, supplier SABIC Innovative Plastics has entered into an agreement to purchase an equity stake in Inpro, a joint venture dedicated to collaborative innovation in automotive production.

September 11, 2011 News

Woodbridge Group, Summa Group partnering on EPP facility in Mexico

by Canadian Plastics

In an expansion of its partnership with polyurethane supplier Summa Group, Mississauga, Ont.-based auto parts molder The Woodbridge Group is establishing a joint venture in Leon, Mexico.

September 5, 2011 News

Bio-chemical plant coming to Sarnia

by Canadian Plastics

A multi-million-dollar bio-industrial plant is slated to be built in Sarnia, Ont.

August 29, 2011 News

Magna gets Ontario funding to develop electric vehicle technology

by Canadian Plastics

In a move to advance “green” engineering in the automotive industry, parts supplier Magna International Inc. and the Ontario government will invest more than $430 million to research and develop electric vehicle (EV) technology.

August 26, 2011 News

GM develops new solvent-free part painting technology

by Canadian Plastics

Claiming to solve what it calls an “industry-wide challenge”, auto giant General Motors is introducing a flame treatment technology that lets paint stick to plastic vehicle parts like instrument and door panels without using primers that…

August 22, 2011 News

Ontario injection molder gets $1 million loan from province for auto parts line

by Canadian Plastics

Ontario-based injection molder Novo Plastics Inc. has received $1 million in support for an innovative car parts line. The money, in the form of a loan facility, is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Innovation through its Innovation…

August 15, 2011 News

Saint-Gobain acquires Solar Gard specialty films from Bekaert

by Canadian Plastics

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. has signed an agreement with Belgium-based materials and coatings company Bekaert to buy Bekaert’s specialty films business, which operates under the name Solar Gard Specialty Films.

August 8, 2011 News

Magna expands in China

by Canadian Plastics

Magna Exteriors and Interiors, an operating unit of Aurora, Ont.-based auto parts maker Magna International Inc., is forming a joint venture to buy an existing Chinese injection molding and painting facility located in Wuhu, a city in the Anhui…

August 5, 2011 News

GM to build Cadillac sedans in Oshawa, Ont. plant

by Canadian Plastics

General Motors has announced plans to invest $117 million to prepare its assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont. to build the new Cadillac XTS sedan next year.

July 31, 2011 News

Lanxess invests in Chinese market

by Canadian Plastics

In a move to strengthen its presence in China, German specialty chemical supplier Lanxess has announced plans to invest more than EUR 40 million in new production lines and facilities.

July 7, 2011 News

Ontario Toyota plants offered $545 million for upgrades

by Canadian Plastics

With help from almost $71 million from each of the governments of Canada and Ontario, Toyota’s two Ontario plants are getting a $545 million expansion and upgrade.

June 27, 2011 News

Optima to distribute natural fiber reinforced thermoplastics in Ontario, Quebec, Eastern Canada

by Canadian Plastics

Optima Colour and GreenCore Composites Inc. have signed an agreement that makes Optima the official distributor of GreenCore’s NCell natural fiber composites for consumer and industrial markets in Ontario, Quebec and Eastern Canada.

May 10, 2011 News

Former Ont. Premier Mike Harris named Magna chairman

by Canadian Plastics

From ex-Premier to auto parts magnate.

April 10, 2011 News

ABC Group partners for auto parts in China

by Canadian Plastics

In a move designed to strengthen its supply base for global platforms, Tier One auto parts supplier ABC Group has signed a joint venture agreement with Ningbo Inoac Huaxiang Automobile Products (IHX) of China to form Ningbo ABC Inoac Huaxiang…

March 4, 2011 News

Fire at Magna plant; production affected

by Canadian Plastics

A fire destroyed part of a Magna International parts plant in Howell, Mich., affecting production at several U.S. auto operations and threatening production at plants in Ontario.

February 17, 2011 News

Clariant acquires German chemical maker for 2 billion euros

by Canadian Plastics

In a move designed to beef up its presence in the automotive industry, specialty chemical provider Clariant AG has agreed to buy a controlling majority of German chemical maker Süd-Chemie AG for 2 billion euros (Cdn$2.7 billion).

February 6, 2011 News

ABC Group certified as Canada’s first women-owned tier one supplier

by Canadian Plastics

Auto parts molder ABC Group Inc. has become the first Canadian tier one supplier to apply for and receive certification as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) company.

January 31, 2011 News

Parts shortage causes temporary shutdown at Windsor, Ont. auto assembly plant

by Canadian Plastics

An auto parts shortage is forcing a week-long shutdown at Chrysler’s Windsor, Ont., minivan assembly plant.

January 13, 2011 News

Magna buys South American auto seat supplier

by Canadian Plastics

In a move designed to expand its presence in South America, Magna Seating, an operating unit of Ontario-based auto parts maker Magna International, has acquired automotive seat supplier Pabsa S.A.  

January 6, 2011 News

Global reinforced plastics market to reach 7.3 million tons by 2015: study

by Canadian Plastics

On the heels of weakened sales in 2008 and 2009 following drop in demand in high volume end-use markets such as the automotive and construction industries, the global market for reinforced plastics is projected to rebound to 7.3 million tons by…