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Recycled Tires Could See New Life in Lithium-Ion Batteries

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OAK RIDGE, TN—Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind turbines and solar panels, say researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


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Ford to Invest $129 Million in Louisville Assembly Plant

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LOUISVILLE, KY—Ford will invest $129 million in its assembly plant here to fast track the production of the 2015 Lincon MKC. The carmaker will also be hiring 300 new employees.


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China to Invest $16 Billion in Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles

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BEIJING—China is planning to invest $16 billion to build more charging facilities for electric vehicles. The country is trying to stem air pollution by boosting the use of electric vehicles.


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China Fines Japanese Auto Suppliers for Price Fixing

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BEIJING—China has imposed fine of $202 million on 12 Japanese car parts makers for allegedly price-fixing. The ruling came after Chinese regulators raided several foreign companies, including Mitsubishi Electric, Sumitomo Electric, Audi, BMW, Daimler and General Motors.


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Toyota to Invest $100 Million in Indiana Assembly Plant

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PRINCETON, IN—Toyota plans to invest $100 million to expand its assembly plant here, creating up to 300 new jobs by 2016.


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Lockout Continues at Ohio Automotive Supplier

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LEBANON, OH—The lockout of 174 workers at automotive supplier Hayashi Telempu’s assembly plant here will enter its 11th week on Monday.


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VW Develops Automated Process for Molding Body Parts

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WOLFSBURG, Germany—Volkswagen has developed a new, automated process for mass-producing finished thermoplastic exterior car body parts. The technology combines injection molding, physical foaming, and two-component polyurethane injection molding in one complex tool.


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RV Manufacturer to Expand Indiana Assembly Plant

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MIDDLEBURY, IN—Recreational vehicle manufacturer Jayco Corp. is planning to add 206,000 square feet to its assembly plant here and add up to 50 jobs by the end of next year.


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Johnson Controls, Adidas Test Robotic Sewing

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MILWAUKEE—Automotive supplier Johnson Controls Inc. and apparel maker Adidas have launched a research project to study the viability of using robots to sew shoes, athletic wear, and the upholstery for vehicle seats.


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American Axle to Build $15 Million Tech Center

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DETROIT—American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. plans to build a $15 million technical center at its headquarters here to develop prototype components and test manufacturing lines. The center is expected to employ 75 to 100 people.


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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.

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