March 11, 2013 News

GM investing $250 million in western Ontario assembly plant

by Canadian Plastics

General Motors Canada is investing $250 million in its assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., to “support future vehicle production,” the automaker announced.

March 6, 2013 News

Surge in global vehicle sales and production: Scotiabank

by Canadian Plastics

Stronger-than-expected passenger vehicle sales combined with sharp gains in global vehicle production will provide a boost to global economic activity, the Scotiabank Global Auto Report has concluded.

February 19, 2013 News

Demand for automotive plastics to top US$18 billion by 2016

by Canadian Plastics

The global automotive plastics industry market is projected to reach US$18.9 billion by 2016, primarily supported by the end-users, according to a new study by research firm Research and Markets.

February 18, 2013 News

2012 second-highest year on record for Canadian auto sales

by Canadian Plastics

Canada’s automotive sector enjoyed its second-best year ever in 2012, selling more than 1.6 million vehicles.

January 29, 2013 News

Toyota gets $34 million for investment in Cambridge plant

by Canadian Plastics

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) has received a $34 million investment from the Federal and Ontario governments to fund the construction of new assembly lines and add jobs at its Cambridge, Ont. manufacturing facility.

January 28, 2013 News

Toyota back on top as world’s biggest-selling automaker

by Canadian Plastics

Toyota has officially reclaimed its ranking as the world’s top automaker.

January 25, 2013 News

Magna International investing in new auto parts plants in Michigan

by Canadian Plastics

Canadian auto parts supplier Magna International Inc. has some big plans in Michigan.

January 16, 2013 News

Magna forecasts global sales up to $32.7 billion in 2013

by Canadian Plastics

Auto parts supplier Magna International Inc. is expecting sales of up to US$32.7 billion from its global operations in 2013, half of which will come from the sale of parts to North American manufacturing operations.

November 12, 2012 News

GM crossovers win big at SPE auto innovation awards; Canadian shops front and centre

by Canadian Plastics

Crossover cars from General Motors were the big winners at the 2012 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Innovation Awards held on November 7 in Detroit, and a variety of Canadian shops played leading roles in other winning…

November 4, 2012 News

Automakers in Canada report record-breaking October

by Canadian Plastics

Canadian vehicle sales were up nearly seven per cent from a year ago, putting sales on track for what one analyst describes as a record year.

September 30, 2012 News

Magna strengthens position in auto pumps with two acquisitions

by Canadian Plastics

Automotive supplier Magna International Inc. will add to its strength in automotive pumps with two transactions, one in Europe and  one in Canada.

September 1, 2012 News

DuPont sells auto painting business to Carlyle Group

by Canadian Plastics

DuPont Co. has struck a deal to sell its car paint business to Washington-based investment firm Carlyle Group LP for US$4.9 billion.

September 1, 2012 Feature

Driving into China

by Mark Stephen, editor

In a famous scene from the classic western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Paul Newman convinces Robert Redford to pull up stakes for Bolivia by telling him, “If we were in business during the California gold rush, we’d have…

August 20, 2012 News

Despite hard times, global auto sales on the rise: Scotiabank

by Canadian Plastics

Global car sales advanced 6% in the first half of 2012, despite the ongoing sovereign debt problems in Western Europe and a slowdown in the pace of global economic activity, according to a new global auto report by Scotiabank Economics.

August 3, 2012 News

Auto sales in Canada up 4.7% in July

by Canadian Plastics

Fuelled by incentive programs and a strong surge at Japanese automakers whose production was crippled after last year’s earthquake and tsunami, Canadian auto sales grew 4.7% this July from a year earlier.

July 9, 2012 News

Record year possible for Canadian auto sales: BMO

by Canadian Plastics

With Canadian auto sales setting a June record and the first half of the year close to the best six-month stretch on record, sales for all of 2012 will challenge the all-time mark of just over 1.7 million units set in 2002, according to BMO…

July 6, 2012 News

Dow Automotive opens two technology centres

by Canadian Plastics

Dow Automotive Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, has opened two new composite technology centres, one in Switzerland and the second in the U.S.

June 29, 2012 News

North American auto assembly will slow over the summer, recover by winter: Scotiabank

by Canadian Plastics

North American auto assembly will slow down over the coming months but production is expected to rebound by the end of 2012, according to a new report by Scotiabank Economics.

June 16, 2012 News

SPE holding new composite auto parts competition

by Canadian Plastics

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will hold its first ever parts competition at this year’s SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition in September.

May 24, 2012 News

Dow Chemical awarded US$2.16 billion in arbitration with Kuwait company

by Canadian Plastics

An international arbitration panel has ruled that Dow Chemical Co., the largest U.S. chemical maker by sales, is to be awarded US$2.16 billion in damages after a Kuwait company canceled a 2008 agreement to buy a stake in the company’s…