Automotive News for April 2012

Automotive News Archive

PPG Wins 2012 Automotive News PACE Award

B1:B2 wet-on-wet paint system recognized for innovations in transportation coatings.

PLC Holding Acquires Wisconsin Oven Corporation

Acquisition aims to strengthen Wisconsin Oven’s global positioning in key industries.

BASF Acquires Novolyte Technologies

With purchase, BASF becomes global supplier of lithium battery electrolyte formulations.

FTS Technologies Earns GM's Environmental Excellence Award FTS Technologies Earns GM's Environmental Excellence Award

Energy-efficient technology that lets paint stick to plastic vehicle parts without using traditional chemical adhesion systems.

PMA Anticipates Dip During Next Three Months

April report shows softening of shipping levels and income orders

U.S. Industrial Production Unchanged in March

Manufacturing output declined 0.2 percent in March but increased at an annual rate of 10.4 percent in the first quarter.

KC Jones Plating Co. Names VP of Operations

Jeffrey Stone to oversee KC Jones' facilities in Michigan and Indiana.

Coventya Relaunches Tech Center in Oriskany, N.Y.

Research and development resources added to support customers in the metal finishing sector and the high-density drive market.

BASF iGloss: A Breakthrough Clearcoat for Automotive Applications BASF iGloss: A Breakthrough Clearcoat for Automotive Applications

Innovative finish aims to provide vehicles with long-lasting protection from microscratches.

PPG and Argex Form Supply Agreement

Argex to utilize PPG’s existing technology and know-how relating to the manufacture of titanium dioxide.

PMA to Host Conference for Automotive Suppliers

Event serves as a forum for high-level automotive industry executives to network and discuss topics and trends.

PMI Index Increases to 53.4% in March

Institute of Supply Management’s industry barometer reflects continued expansion of manufacturing.