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China: DuPont launches coatings plant in Shanghai

DuPont has begun production at a new performance coatings plant located in the Jiading district of Shanghai. The company first revealed plans for the new unit back in 2006. The facility will primarily serve the Chinese automotive refinish market, but will

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China: Wuhu Henglong Auto Steering named Core Supplier by Chery

Wuhu Henglong Auto Steering Systems (WHAS) has been named a Core Supplier by Chinese OEM Chery Automotive. In December 2007, Chery recognised 30 of its Core Suppliers at its Annual Suppliers Meeting in the city of Boao in Hainan Province. WHAS was among the 30 Core Suppliers named for 2007. ...

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US: Bridgestone Firestone to invest in Bloomington, Illinois plant

Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire has revealed plans to invest US$12m over the next five years in its off-road tyre plant in Bloomington, Illinois. The investment will allow the plant to produce new off road tyre sizes and double the facility’s giant loader tyre curing capacity. The plant is expected

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UK: Average new car CO2 emissions dip 1.16% in 2007

The overall average CO2 emissions from new cars sold in the UK last year showed a modest 1.16% improvement, according to data released by Cleangreencars.co.uk. The data shows that the weighted average CO2 last year totalled 164.39 g/km, inching down from

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UK: New truck registrations down 8.7% in 2007

New van and truck registrations in the UK during 2007 improved a margin 1.5% year-on-year, with sales of 388,488 units, aided by a 6.6% increase last month when registrations rose to 26,047 units. Data provided by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveals that a 29.4% increase in ...

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South Africa: December sales down 15%; full-year sales drop 5.2%

New vehicle sales in South Africa fell 5.2% to 612,707 units in calendar 2007 from 646,566 units during 2006, according to data published by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (NAAMSA). December 2007 sales specifically, were down 15.1% year-on-year to 41,813 units, compared with the corresponding period in 2006, when sales reached

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