Four automakers announce Takata settlements

BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota have announced agreements to resolve economic loss claims in the Takata multi-district litigation in the US.

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Melamine-based acoustic and thermal insulating material

Slovenia-based SmartMelamine has developed a melamine etherified resin (MER) meltblown nonwoven as a high-performance material with improved thermal and acoustic properties, which could be used in automotive and other transport applications.

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Toyoda Gosei building new airbag plant in India

Toyoda Gosei is building a new plant in India to meet growing automobile production in the country and the expected increase in demand for airbags as stricter safety regulations are adopted.

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Automotive interiors show set to be the biggest yet

The next Automotive Interiors Expo, the car and truck design, component and fabrication showcase, will be held at Messe Stuttgart, Germany, from 20-22 June.

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Luminescent, glossy, iridescent yarns for automotive interiors

Italian coloured polyester yarn producer Sinterama has introduced Madreperla, a range of luminescent, glossy, iridescent yarns that could have application in automotive interiors.

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Textile heating system for automotive seating

Besides apparel applications, such as workwear, active sportswear and healthcare garments, Kufner’s THS (textile heating system) technology is finding use in automotive seating, which is still in the development stage with Tier 1 suppliers.

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Indorama Ventures to acquire European tyre cord maker

Global chemicals producer Indorama Ventures has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Glanzstoff Group, a major European manufacturer of tyre cord fabrics and single-end cords (SECs) for high-performance tyre applications.

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OTIZ enters PA66 automotive market

Chinese industrial yarn manufacturer Oriental Industries (Suzhou) (OTIZ) recently commissioned its first polyamide (PA) 66 investment for the automotive market.

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Toray opens new airbag fabric plant in India

Toray Industries has officially opened a new plant for producing airbag fabric at Toray Kusumgar Advanced Textile (TKAT) at the Sarigam Industrial Estate in Gujarat, India.

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Michelin invests in tyre cord factory expansion

French group Michelin will invest €60m in its tyre cord factory in Zalau, Romania, aiming to increase production by 50% by 2019. The investment will also lead to the creation of 140 jobs. The factory currently has some 350 employees.

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