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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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Ford to Add Solar Array to HQ

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DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Co. and DTE Energy Co. plan to build a large solar array at the automaker’s headquarters here.


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Evana Automation Designs Machine to Assemble Lane-Departure Warning Systems

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EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation Specialists has shipped two multistation assembly systems to a Tier 1 automotive supplier to produce lane-departure warning systems.


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BorgWarner to Invest $9.4 million in Illinois Assembly Plant

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DIXON, IL—BorgWarner plans to invest $9.4 million in its assembly plant here over the next three years.


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Chrysler Hiring in Canada

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WINDSOR, ON—Chrysler Canada is hiring hourly production workers at its Windsor assembly plant.


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Automotive Supplier Seeks 150 Temp Workers

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BATTLE CREEK, MI—Automotive supplier Denso Manufacturing Michigan Inc. says it has 150 temporary production jobs to fill, and it will conduct a job fair Saturday to help fill them.


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GM to Build $174 Million Stamping Plant

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LANSING, MI—General Motors Co. will build a $174 million stamping plant near its Lansing Grand River assembly complex, with plans to add 145 jobs.


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