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  • Volvo to assemble cars near Bangalore

    May 18, 2017

    India – The vehicle-maker said it will focus on models based on its SPA architecture, starting production this year with the XC90 premium SUV. Volvo added that further models will be announced at a later stage…

  • Constellium to double Bosch supplies

    May 17, 2017

    Czech Republic – The two companies have signed a multi-year contract under which Constellium will provide additional anti-lock braking system (ABS) profiles from its Decin plant, which has supported Robert Bosch since 2009. The parts will be delivered to several Bosch plants worldwide…

  • PSA enters JV with SC Uzavtosanoat

    May 16, 2017

    Uzbekistan – The new partnership, known as Uzbekistan PCA, will construct a plant in the Free Industrial Zone of Jizzakh to make light commercial vehicles (LCV) for the Peugeot and Citroen brands. The production capacity will be 16,000 vehicles per year, for distribution in Uzbekistan and abroad from 2019…

  • Lectra supplies laser airbag cutters to ZF

    May 16, 2017

    Germany – The company has delivered two FocusQuantum FT6K machines for multi-ply fabric, helping ZF TRW, the Active and Passive Safety Division, to increase its capacity. The components manufacturer has just established a new cutting room…

  • Ford Cologne updates large-panel press

    May 16, 2017

    Germany – The OEM contracted Schuler to install a tri-axis transfer with overhauling carriages plus a blank loader with a line scanner. The work was completed after seven weeks and in the first six months of production the modernised press turned out 1.2m parts…

  • VW releases sustainability report 2016

    May 11, 2017

    Germany – The OEM says its ‘Together – Strategy 2025’ is intended as the foundation for “becoming one of the world’s leading providers of sustainable mobility”. The report looks at progress already made in sustainability as well as setting targets for the future…

  • Elringklinger starts JLR production

    May 10, 2017

    UK – Under the terms of a £12m ($15.5m) contract, the company will make 36 types of heat-shield and gasket components at its base in Redcar, North Yorkshire, for use in engine bays and vehicle assemblies across six engine variants. JLR’s demands for parts have increased after the opening in 2014 of its Engine Manufacturing Centre at Wolverhampton, West Midlands, which turns out 1,200 engines per day…

  • Schuler presses head for North America

    May 10, 2017

    US/Mexico – The company will deliver 15 machines featuring automation and pressing forces ranging from 400 to 2,000 tons to a US automotive supplier with factories on both sides of the border. The deal includes transfer, ProgDie and stamping presses…

  • Honda celebrates Energy Star awards

    May 9, 2017

    US – Two of the OEM’s plants in Ohio and one in Indiana have received the certification this year, signifying that they are performing in the top 25% of similar facilities in terms of energy usage. The Marysville and East Liberty factories in Ohio won the award for the 11th consecutive year, while Honda Manufacturing of Indiana received it for the fifth time in a row…

  • Skoda’s new press at Mladá Boleslav

    May 8, 2017

    Czech Republic – The servo-mechanical line, installed in a new, 11,600 sq.m hall at a total cost of 86.4m ($94.8m), began full production in March after successfully completing a trial period in February. PXL II can make up to 23,000 parts per day for multiple models, and Skoda says this is the first time it has had the capability to make large aluminium components, though the press is currently handling steel…