May 7, 2014 News

Chrysler to axe Dodge Grand Caravan in 2016

by Canadian Plastics

As part of an effort to make the brands more distinct, automaker Chrysler Group is dropping the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and introducing a new Chrysler compact car.

April 29, 2014 News

Geographic diversification “crucial” for Canadian auto exporters: report

by Canadian Plastics

Geographical diversification is “crucial” for Canada’s auto exports, but it appears to be stuck in neutral while most other major vehicle producing countries, including the U.S., have diversified their markets by expanding…

April 23, 2014 News

ABC Group sells U.S. subsidiary to Chinese holding company

by Canadian Plastics

Toronto-based global automotive parts maker ABC Group Inc. has sold its ABC Group Fuel Systems Inc. subsidiary to China’s state-owned firm Rongshi International Holding Company Ltd.

April 22, 2014 Feature

Charged and ready: Engineering resins for electric and hybrid vehicles

by Canadian Plastics

As any blackjack player could tell you, doubling down involves a big risk. But it’s one thing to chance it at the local casino for half a day’s pay, quite another when careers, reputations, and hundreds of millions of dollars are on…

April 21, 2014 News

Brazilian auto parts maker Torcomp building first U.S. plant

by Canadian Plastics

A Brazilian car parts manufacturer is planning to begin construction in Pennsylvania later this month on its first facility in the U.S.

April 13, 2014 News

Lanxess opens new compounding plant in Brazil

by Canadian Plastics

Materials supplier Lanxess has officially opened its thermoplastics compounding facility at the company’s site at Porto Feliz, Brazil.

April 9, 2014 News

GM invests $449M in Michigan electric vehicles facilities

by Canadian Plastics

General Motors has announced a US$449 million investment to upgrade manufacturing processes at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Assembly plants in Michigan, to support the next generation of electric vehicles and battery…

April 7, 2014 News

Magna investing $1.5M in Ontario closures plant, adding 75 jobs

by Canadian Plastics

Canadian auto parts supplier Magna International Inc. is investing $1.5 million and adding 75 jobs at a plant north of Toronto as part of an expansion of its closures division.

April 2, 2014 News

Light vehicle sales in Canada mostly flat in March

by Canadian Plastics

Light vehicle sales in Canada were flat for automakers overall in March, as an increase in light truck sales was offset by a drop in passenger cars.

March 31, 2014 News

Ontario program offers $1M for autonomous vehicle technology

by Canadian Plastics

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) has launched a $1-million program designed to develop autonomous and connected vehicle technologies in the province.

March 25, 2014 News

Invista planting deep roots in China

by Canadian Plastics

Chemical supplier Invista has broken ground on new hexamethylene diamine (HMD) and nylon 6,6 polymer plants in China.

March 21, 2014 News

Canadian auto sector to help economy less than in U.S., Mexico in Q2: Scotiabank

by Canadian Plastics

The global auto industry hit a record-high output in the first quarter of 2014, despite a slow start in North America due to weather-related issues, according to a new report from Scotiabank.

March 18, 2014 News

Synventive opening new service centre in Windsor, Ont.

by Canadian Plastics

In a move to better support its customers in the automotive sector, hot runner systems supplier Synventive Molding Solutions will be opening a new service centre in Windsor, Ont.

March 17, 2014 News

Chrysler adding 800 jobs at Michigan plant once slated for closure

by Canadian Plastics

A Michigan assembly plant slated for closure just four years ago has now added 800 jobs as Chrysler gets set to ramp up production of its redesigned midsize sedan.

March 12, 2014 News

Korean trade deal drawing fire from auto sector

by Canadian Plastics

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement of a free trade agreement between Canada and South Korea is drawing fire from segments of the automotive sector.

March 10, 2014 News

Mexico’s auto sector has grown dramatically since 1994: Scotiabank

by Canadian Plastics

Due in large part to low labor costs and international trade deals, output from Mexico’s auto sector has advanced at an annual rate of nearly six per cent over the last 20 years, according to Scotiabank,

February 16, 2014 News

Magna investing, adding jobs in Michigan

by Canadian Plastics

Magna Interior Trim will invest US$3.6 million and create 274 jobs at its plants in China and Benzonia townships in Michigan, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

February 12, 2014 News

2014 budget gives boosts to exports, auto sector, and technical training

by Canadian Plastics

The 2014 federal budget will provide Ontario’s battered manufacturing sector with more than $1 billion in spending over the next two years to help the auto industry and build a new bridge to the U.S. at Windsor, Ont.

February 10, 2014 News

Toyota will end car manufacturing in Australia by 2017

by Canadian Plastics

In what will spell the final blow to the country’s auto manufacturing industry, Toyota Motor Corp. will stop making cars in Australia by the end of 2017.

February 9, 2014 News

Magna partners with Italian bio plastics company for automotive R&D

by Canadian Plastics

Magna International Inc. has signed a cooperation agreement with bio-on, an Italian intellectual property company, to start exclusive R&D activities on the use of bio plastics for the automotive industry.