Shawmut to merge GRTF headliner fabrics operations

Composites manufacturer Shawmut and Glen Raven Technical Fabrics have agreed to terms to merge GRTF’s automotive headliner and speciality fabrics business into Shawmut.

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Indorama Ventures to acquire European tyre cord producer

Global chemical producer Indorama Ventures is to acquire Kordárna Plus, one of the largest producers of tyre cord fabrics in Europe, from Jet Investment.

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Lightweight high-performance acoustic material on show

A lightweight, high-performance acoustic material that offers advantageous thermal properties was introduced at Automotive Interiors Expo 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.

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3D flat knitting technology for automotive interiors

Polyester yarn manufacturer Trevira and development services company Imat-Uve have introduced new three-dimensional flat knitting technology for automotive interiors.

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Teijin Frontier to acquire J.H. Ziegler

Teijin Frontier, the Japan-based Teijin Group’s fibre and products converting company, is to acquire J.H. Ziegler, a supplier of automotive interior materials in Germany, for €125m. As a result, Ziegler will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teijin Frontier.

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Volvo to use 25% recycled plastic in new vehicles

Volvo has announced a target of using at least 25% recycled plastic in all new vehicles it produces by 2025.

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Quick and easy aviation carpet refurbishment

Desso Tarkett showcased its latest aviation carpet collection at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.

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Tesla CEO hints at vegan leather for vehicle interiors

During the electric vehicle maker’s annual shareholder meeting last month, Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk revealed that the design team is actively working on “veganising” its interiors, and assured attendees that the upcoming Model Y will be leather (and perhaps steering wheel) free.

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Senior management changes at Adient

Automotive seating supplier Adient has appointed Frederick Henderson as interim chief executive officer (CEO) and lead director John Barth as chairman.

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