Pilkington expands in Brazil
SAO PAULO - Pilkington Group has invested $16 million in its subsidiary here to expand capacity by 50 percent to 1.5 million windshields annually. A windshield oven has been acquired to permit construction of more complex windshield shapes.
Lear buys two sub-suppliers
LONDON - Lear Corp. has bought two seat component companies, subsidiaries of UK-based Rodd Group. AW Chapman Ltd. has plants in Shepperton and Bicester, UK, and AW Chapman Belgium NV has a plant in Houthalen, Belgium. The companies' main customer has been Ford. Lear is also buying two Italian automotive interior component suppliers - Gruppo Pianfei and Strapazzini Resine. The companies supply Fiat, Rover, Ford, Chrysler and Mercedes.
Benecke-Kaliko triples output
EISLINGEN, Germany - Benecke-Kaliko AG has invested DM10 million ($5.6 million) in a new production line at its Eislingen plant to triple output of thermoplastic sheeting for auto interiors.
UT doubles plant
TUNIS, Tunisia - UT Automotive claims its Tunisian plant will double in size by the end of the year. The plant, which is 20km from the capital, Tunis, produces automotive wire harnesses and was opened in January. It employs 100 workers, and it plans to add 100 more by the end of 1998. Floor space is expected to increase accordingly.
Reynolds attains QS 9000
HARDERWIJK, Netherlands - Reynolds Aluminium Holland has been granted the QS 9000 certificate for meeting the target of zero percent product defects and introducing a continuous improvement policy. The Dutch company was granted the certificate by Lloyds Quality Assurance and had its ISO 9001 certificate extended.