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SUPPLIERS: Bayer to Spinoff Materials Unit

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

It has been a long-time coming since Germany's Bayer separated its materials and chemicals unit from the life sciences business in 2004 under pressure from shareholders.  Afterall, life sciences deliver higher profits.

Today, Bayer announced that it will spinoff its materials science unit into a separate company, a company that produces automotive intensive products such as polyurethanes and engineering plastics.  The materials business is said to account for less than 12% of the company's total business and is alleged to be taxing the more profitable health sciences part of the company. 

Earlier today,  Baye…

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STEEL: ThyssenKrupp Makes Case for Using More Steel in Auto Manufacturing

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

ThyssenKrupp AG has presented the results of its research project InCar plus where engineers from the Essen-based company have developed 40 new components and solutions for the auto industry.  They emphasized that customers can benefit from component weight savings of up to 50% and cost reductions of up to 20%.  InCar plus also makes a significant contribution to climate protection, according to the company, noting that its innovations permit savings of up to eight grams of CO2 per kilometer.  Looking at the overall life cycle of a car, including production and recycling, InCar plus represents a saving of 1.6 tons of CO2 per vehicle.

ThyssenKrupp CEO Dr. H…

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LABOR: UAW Choose New Tactic to Organize Volkswagen

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union is reported to be taking a soft touch at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tenn., assembly plant where it lost an important vote last year. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, Gary Casteel, the union's secretary-treasurer, roughluy 750 Volkswagen workers have joined a union outpost -- whatever that is -- at Chattanooga.  He says the union will not attempt to hold another vote for organization but it aims to represent a "members" union and allow it to negotiate on behalf of those workers who have voluntarily signed up.

Mr. Casteel says he has discussed the process with Volkswagen management informally and he says he has gain…

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LABOR: Lear Has Tentative Settlement with UAW; Precedent May Be Set

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union announced today that it has reached a tentative pact with automotive seat maker Lear. Corp., but the settlement came at a high cost to Lear and may set a precedent for future union negotiations with suppliers and perhaps even auto manufacturers.

As part of the settlement with the UAW, Lear has agreed to eliminate the two-tier wage system, long a contentious pay structure that was implemented during the recession.  That system allows new hires to be paid a lower salary than senior employees, even when they perform the same job. 

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ASSEMBLY: G.M. To Add Third Shift to Build Pickup in Missouri

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

General Motors Co. has announced plans to add some 750 new jobs at its Wentzville Assembly Plant where it will build the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks.  The plant currently employs about 2,600 workers building the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna vans.

G.M. said its decisi…

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RESEARCH: DuPont Opens Innovation Center in Shanghai

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

As was previously announced, DuPont Co., Wilmington, Del., has added to its global chain of Innovation Centers, the latest at Shanghai, China, where the company will feature its products and applications for the Chinese market.

The Shanghai Innovation Center brings the power of DuPont science to our customers as we work together to uncover unmet needs of populations and create value-adding solutions to global challenges,” said DuPont Senior Vice President and Chief Science & Technology Off…

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