By Richard Higgs, Plastics & Rubber Weekly
London - Czech automotive component producer Tanex Plasty has won a contract to supply interior plastic parts for Jaguar's latest model, the XF saloon.
Tanex Plasty, based in Jaromer, Czech Republic, has already begun to provide Jaguar with components for the vehicle's door panels. The deal has an annual value to the Czech plastics company of around Euro 1.2 million, according to its sales director Zdenek Prokop.
Tanex specialises in polyurethane foam, expanded polypropylene foam and integral skin PU components for vehicle interiors.
The company, whose other automotive customers include Skoda Auto, Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes and Faurecia, is part of Prague-based TP Holding group. Last year, the group sold its polyurethane systems house Brahe of Cerekvice, Czech Republic to Bayer MaterialScience for an undisclosed sum.
Brahe's operations focused primarily on rigid polyurethane foam applications for the insulation of refrigerators and for water heaters. Bayer planned to reinforce its BaySystems PU network to serve the growing markets of Central and Eastern Europe and aims to attract new business in Poland, Slovakia and Hungary for the Brahe operation, it said.