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    Study: Survey suggests auto parts shortages loom in 2014
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    There would be reason to be happy if North American auto industry production exceeds 16-million vehicles in 2014, but if it does, a new survey of suppliers by IRN, Inc. concludes that automakers can expect spot shortages of parts, Automotive News reports. Electronics suppliers and chassis and ...

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    Report: BMW 'astonished' after losing intellectual property case
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    BMW has been tussling in courtrooms with a South African auto parts supplier called Grandmark for 13 years. The real issue revolves, of course, around money, but the legal issue revolves around intellectual property rights regarding the design of car parts. South Africa allows entities to ...

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    Report: Counterfeit parts overwhelm China, include fake airbags, oil seals
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    According to Automotive News China, the shady side of the People's Republic is set to sell $45 billion worth of counterfeit auto parts this year. Those include high-volume pieces like spark plugs, brake pads and steering components as well as oil seals and airbags. All told, the report says that ...

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    REPORT: U.S. psyched as China decides to cut auto part tariffs
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    Chinese-market 2010 Buick Regal – Click above for high-res image gallery
    China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, at which point it was given five years to adjust to the rules of open trade before any complaints were lodged against it. On schedule, in 2006, the complaints began, ...

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    Turnaround expert: Auto parts sector is a "very, very troubled industry"
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    Al Koch helped see over the revival of Kmart, so he knows a thing or two about financial difficulty - and that's exactly what he sees in the auto-part industry. Koch specially mentions decreasing production from domestic automakers as potentially causing severe trouble. While a move ...

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    Mazda develops another use for corn - bioplastic
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    Mazda Motor Corp. and an industrial consortium are partnering with the Japanese government and the academic community to develop a new bioplastic made through a fermentation process using natural materials such as fermented starches and sugars derived from corn.Not only is the new bioplastic ...

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    GM draws the line at helping Delphi
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    While most observers in the slow-motion Delphi bankruptcy train wreck assume that General Motors will step in to help bail out its struggling former subsidiary company (and its ex-GM workers), apparently there are limits to GM's largesse.In the latest development, Delphi reports that it was unable ...

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