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Plymouth Township’s Varroc Group and Varroc Lighting Systems Open Tokyo Office

Varroc Lighting Systems, a Plymouth Township-based global exterior vehicle lighting supplier, along with its parent company, Varroc Group, is opening a customer and business development center in Tokyo.

East Lansing’s MSU Releases Genetic Engineering Kit for Biofuel-producing Algae

Scientists at East Lansing’s Michigan State University have released a new genetic engineering toolkit for the algae species Nannochloropsis oceanica, which is of interest for the production of biofuels and other oil-based chemicals.

Auburn Hills’ Dodge Announces Fourth Annual Legal Drag Racing at M1 Concourse in Pontiac

Auburn Hills’ FCA Wednesday announced its fourth annual Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, a day of legal drag racing and thrill rides scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac.

Dearborn’s Ford Introduces Two Fuel-efficient Taxis

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today unveiled two taxis: the 2019 Transit Connect Taxi, which has a diesel engine, and Ford’s most fuel-efficient, purpose-built taxi – the 2019 Fusion Hybrid Taxi.

Dearborn’s Ford Introduces Hybrid Police Interceptor Utility

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn Tuesday introduced its Police Interceptor Utility, the industry’s first pursuit-rated hybrid SUV. The SUV offers improved pursuit performance, lower operating costs, and all-wheel drive. The hybrid batteries are placed so they don’t compromise passenger or cargo space.

Plymouth Township’s HELLA Expands in Mexico

HELLA in Plymouth Township, which is expected to open a new administrative and technical center in Northville Township at the beginning of 2019, Monday announced it has expanded its production capacities in the NAFTA region with a new plant in Mexico.

Royal Oak’s Arts, Beats & Eats Announces New Community Partnerships

The 21st Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak has announced a number of new features for the festival, which will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 3. They include a spotlight on the culinary, theatre, and visual arts talents of local college students, as well as enhanced health and wellness programming. The event will continue to showcase art, music, and restaurant participants.

Troy’s PPG to Introduce Low-energy Paint Process for Automotive OEMs

PPG, a Pittsburgh-based paints, coatings, and materials company, Tuesday announced it will introduce a low-energy paint process for automotive OEMs during the inaugural SURCAR North American Congress June 13-14 at Detroit’s Roostertail event complex. PPG’s Automotive OEM Coatings is headquartered in Troy.

eFlex Systems in Rochester Hills Partners with Wixom’s Light Guide Systems

eFlex Systems, a Rochester Hills-based provider of assembly solutions, has partnered with Light Guide Systems in Wixom to add augmented reality features into eFlex’s Job Element Monitor (JEM) work instruction module, which is part of its web-based assembly software.

Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan’s Desai Accelerator Invests in Six Startups

The Desai Accelerator, a joint venture between the Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, Monday announced it has welcomed six teams into its 2018 cohort. The two schools also debuted an expanded intern program.

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