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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reported a ‘robust’ first half of 2014 for UK car manufacturing, with volumes up 3.5% to 791,314 units. 24 July 2014
The government will be adding 150 electric vehicles to its fleet of cars and vans in the first wave of a scheme that aims to make plug-in vehicles commonplace in its car pool. 21 July 2014
The UK posted the largest rise, up 10.6% with more than 120,000 units sold in the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 2013. 18 July 2014
Automotive compounder China XD Plastics has rebutted a claim from Bleecker Street Research that its “numbers don’t add up”. XD’s Nasdaq share price fell more than 20% following the statement. 15 July 2014
It took BMW Group 10 years to bring carbon-fibre-reinforced plastics technology from its research labs to mass production in the i3 electric car, but some Chinese car companies are looking for a way to shorten that laborious process. 14 July 2014
The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship programme will annually hand out 10 one-off scholarships worth $10,000 (£5,800) to junior engineering students or those in their second year of automotive engineering studies at universities around the world, the company said last week. 14 July 2014
Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America, has sponsored the Ferrari Formula One team beginning with the 65th British Grand Prix at Silverstone. 9 July 2014
Automotive parts specialist DMS Chromium is set to save £20,000 a month following its investment in a Romi-Sandretto EN 380 plastic injection moulding machine equipped with a bespoke two shot unit. 7 July 2014
The 2014 glittering black-tie event takes place on Friday, 24 October at the London Hilton on Park Lane and will be hosted by comedian Al Murray, aka The Pub Landlord. 7 July 2014
Toyota’s highly-anticipated hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will debut in the Japan market by next April priced around 7 million yen (£41,000) and go on sale in the US and Europe by the summer of 2015, the carmaker said. 26 June 2014
The joint PDM/PRE event in Telford was lauded by both exhibitors and attendees, with some visitors coming from as far afield as Scandinavia, the Middle East and Japan. 26 June 2014
The launch of Vauxhall’s Vivaro secures 1,200 jobs at the firm’s UK plant after workers won a 10-year contract and a £185m investment. The Luton plant beat off competition from across Europe to build the new van. 25 June 2014
The Business Minister Michael Fallon has announced that the government-funded Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO), a body designed to attract investment to the UK, has beaten its first year target. 25 June 2014
Two hundred and fifty jobs have been created by the UK’s largest automotive employer, Jaguar Land Rover, as a result of the launch of its Discovery Sport range. The workforce as the firm’s Halewood site is set to reach 4,750 – more than treble the number employed there in 2010. 25 June 2014
PRW looks at how manufacturers are pushing ahead with improvement and innovation in plastic products and parts production. 20 June 2014

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