Canadian Plastics


November 6, 2020  

Pickup truck production to return to Oshawa, Ont. plant with new Unifor deal, GM says

The agreement would reopen the Oshawa assembly line to make Chevrolet Silverados and Sierras, 11 months after it was idled as part of a global restructuring plan by the Detroit-based automaker.

November 6, 2020  

Magna receives two supplier awards from Ford

The automotive parts maker has been recognized as a top-performing global supplier at Ford’s 22nd annual supplier awards ceremony.

October 30, 2020  

Continental CEO Elmar Degenhart resigning early for health reasons

After more than 11 years in office, the 61-year-old Degenhart will step down as head of the Germany-based automotive parts maker on Nov. 30.

October 27, 2020  

Magna’s ClearView camera monitoring system to debut in 2022

The ClearView interior mirror displays a customizable live video feed from multiple rear-facing cameras mounted on the exterior of the vehicle.

October 20, 2020  

Magna’s Don Walker to retire at year’s end, Swamy Kotagiri will be new CEO

Kotagiri, 51, is Magna’s current president and 21-year veteran of the Canadian automotive parts supplier.

October 18, 2020  

Feds invest $1.2 million for polymer/wood-fibre material for automotive applications

Toronto-based material supplier GreenNano Technologies is receiving the funding to scale up production of a new lightweight wood-fibre–based composite material to create automotive parts.

October 16, 2020  

Industry consultant predicts 31% drop in North American tooling spend in 2020

Harbour Results says that the 2020 automotive vendor tooling spend in North America will be $6.4 billion, which is $.4 billion less than originally forecasted in 2019.

October 12, 2020  

New project to build lightweight car from recycled PET composite material

The project involved using more than 20 square meters of recycled PET honeycomb cores.

October 1, 2020  

Auto supplier Angstrom buys custom injection molder Vantec Inc.

Headquartered in Webster City, Iowa, Vantec will be renamed Vantec LLC.

September 29, 2020  

German firms Continental and Osram plan to end lighting systems joint venture

The companies said the move comes in response to the dampening influence of COVID-19 on the global level of vehicle production.

September 24, 2020  

Sumitomo Chemical opens new PP production facility in China

The new plant is the company’s fifth production facility for polypropylene compounds in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province.

September 24, 2020  

Two Ontario auto parts makers receive provincial funding to implement automation

Innotech Precision Inc. and Kobay Enstel Ltd. are receiving more than $175,000 from the Ontario government to help improve efficiency, productivity, and build capacity.

September 10, 2020  

Magna to acquire majority ownership of Chinese seating supplier

The deal increases Magna’s footprint with seating supplier Honglizhixin from two to 12 manufacturing plants.

September 9, 2020  

KraussMaffei delivers 100th injection molding machine to customer Polycom

The all-electric PX 50-55 with the special paint is part of the modern smart production at Polycom’s new location in Dobje, Poljane nad Skofjo Loko/Slovenia.

September 4, 2020  

Canadian auto sales’ rebound “softened modestly” in August, report says

In the U.S., meanwhile, auto sales posted a fourth month of recovery with August purchases increasing by 5% month-over-month, the new report from Scotiabank says.

September 3, 2020  

General Motors, Honda are partnering for product development in North America

The partnership would build on previous collaborations in electrified vehicles and technologies, enabling both automakers to explore sharing vehicle platforms and propulsion systems.

September 2, 2020  

Ford preparing to cut 1,000 salaried jobs in North America, report says

The job cuts are aimed at improving the automaker’s efficiency and are not related to rising costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, the news report from Bloomberg said.

September 1, 2020  

Ontario investing $9.3M in automotive and advanced manufacturing skills training

The innovative projects will train and re-train thousands for in-demand jobs.

August 31, 2020  

Continental Structural Plastics plans $45 million expansion at North Carolina plant

The investment and expansion at the Salisbury, N.C. site will create approximately 60 new jobs, and add 50,000 square feet to the automotive parts maker’s current facility.

August 28, 2020  

Magna expands powertrain business in Slovakia with new manufacturing plant

Construction of the 7,675-square-meter facility is expected to be complete in March 2021.

August 26, 2020  

Heavy truck sales in Canada should rebound quickly, report says

The Canadian heavy truck industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report from Scotiabank says, but sales should shift back into positive growth territory in 2021.

August 24, 2020  

Manufacturing sales up 8.7 per cent in July, StatCan says

The preliminary estimate for July compared with a record 20.7 per cent gain seen in June as factories continued to ramp up production.

August 19, 2020  

Ontario opens new O-AMP funding round for auto parts companies

The province is making available $10-million in additional funding for applications for the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program, which provides auto parts companies with funding to invest in new technologies and innovation.

August 17, 2020  

German firms Continental, Aft form JV to make plastic couplings for hybrid, electric cars

The two companies have already been jointly developing special couplings that connect the cooling circuit or the turbocharger/charge-air cooler with units in the engine compartment since 2016, and the JV is an expansion of this.

August 7, 2020  

Magna’s Q2 results take big hit from COVID-19 auto production shutdowns

The Aurora, Ont.-based auto parts maker says the impact was far worse than the quarterly declines during the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

August 7, 2020  

GM accelerates its 3D printing capability

The transformation powered by additive manufacturing is helping GM move faster, cut costs, and produce safer, lighter-weight manufacturing aids.

August 5, 2020  

Canadian auto sales posted another rebound in July, Scotiabank says

U.S. auto sales also continued to climb back in July, Scotiabank reported in its latest Auto News Flash.

July 21, 2020  

Retail sales bounced back 18% in May, StatCan says

Sales of cars and car parts saw a 66% increase in sales during May, the agency said.

July 13, 2020  

GM Canada marks one million masks made at Oshawa operations

The automaker has been contracted by the federal government to produce 10 million masks in total.

June 26, 2020  

Pace of the decline in global auto sales “moderated” in May, report says

The latest Global Auto Report from Scotiabank says that a slow climb back has begun for global auto sales.

June 24, 2020  

Magna expanding Michigan seat manufacturing facility

The expansion of the Highland Park plant will generate US$35.4 million in private investment and create 480 jobs.

June 19, 2020  

Researchers develop solvent-free technique for plastic production that could reduce manufacturing costs

A team at Purdue University has developed a new way for manufacturers to mix polymers and nanocellulose in order to save material and production steps when using plant-based materials in auto part and food packaging molding.