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  • African assembly for Peugeot vehicles

    February 8, 2017

    Kenya – The PSA Group and Kenyan importer and distributor URYSIA have signed a contract to assemble Peugeot brand vehicles in the region. Production will start in June 2017 with the Peugeot 508, followed by the new 3008 SUV. This project is part of the company’s “Push to Pass” plan…

  • Lectra machines feed Kolon growth

    January 26, 2017

    South Korea/Vietnam – The company is supplying three FocusQuantum laser cutting solutions for airbag production; two will be used for one-piece woven fabric at a factory in Gyeongsang Province, South Korea, while another will be installed for cut-and-sew work at a new facility in Bình Duong Province, Vietnam…

  • Gestamp’s new hot-stamping plant, Pune

    January 26, 2017

    India – The dedicated facility, which cost €36m ($38.5m), is the supplier’s first of this type in the country and will serve Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Ford and Tata. The plant has started to manufacture previous series and will enter full production in May this year…

  • Nissan UK production stays strong

    January 26, 2017

    UK – The vehicle-maker made 507,430 units at its Sunderland factory in 2016, its 30th year in the country. The total included record volumes for the Leaf electric vehicle (EV) and the second-generation Qashqai, with the original now made on both lines for the first time…

  • VDL Nedcar to make BMW X1

    January 25, 2017

    The Netherlands – The factory at Born will share production with BMW Regensburg, Germany, from August 2017. The X1 will be the fourth BMW Group model to roll off the VDL Nedcar lines and will be delivered to global markets…

  • PSA agrees JV deals with CK Birla

    January 25, 2017

    India – The collaboration will involve the production of vehicles and powertrains in Tamil Nadu by 2020. An initial investment of 700 crores ($107.3m) will be used to develop manufacturing capacity for 100,000 vehicles per year and will be followed by incremental increases to support longer-term ramp-up…

  • Toyota invests $600m at Princeton

    January 24, 2017

    US – The plant in Indiana will be modernised with new equipment and advanced technologies to make it more competitive and meet growing demand for the Highlander midsize SUV. Capacity will be increased by 40,000 units per year…

  • Audi develops new finishing technique

    January 24, 2017

    Germany – The patented process uses a special powder to alter the sheen on a vehicle body, so that matt lettering and graphics can be created. This method will enable Audi to offer personalised side-blade designs for all R8 customers…

  • GM invests $1bn in American operations

    January 18, 2017

    US – The money will go towards new vehicle, advanced technology and component projects. The manufacturer emphasised that this is additional to the $2.9 billion announced in 2016 and more than $21 billion invested since 2009…

  • Audi and FAW agree growth plan

    January 17, 2017

    China – The two companies have defined 21 key strategic areas with associated targets over the next ten years. This will include the expansion of Audi’s model line-up through local production at FAW VW; a dedicated business for mobility and digital services; and increased collaboration in financial services…