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  • TMMK receives $1.33bn for TNGA

    April 10, 2017

    US – The factory in Kentucky will become the first in North America to produce vehicles on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), beginning with the 2018 Camry. In addition to modifications relating to TNGA, Toyota says the plant will install new equipment and build a new paintshop to “modernise and streamline” its production…

  • VW’s new workforce scheme, Chattanooga

    April 6, 2017

    US – The Volkswagen Neighbourhood Talent Pipeline has been established in partnership with the Chattanooga 2.0 coalition to familiarise participants with the manufacturing process and prepare them for careers at VW Chattanooga. The programme lasts for five weeks and is free for qualified participants…

  • Nissan opens Tennessee training centre

    March 31, 2017

    US – The 162,000 sq.m facility in Smyrna, a public-private partnership between the OEM and the Tennessee Board of Regents, will train local students and Nissan employees in advanced manufacturing and automotive technology. It will operate as an extension of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Murfreesboro…

  • Honda spends $85m at Lincoln

    March 28, 2017

    US – The investment is for the first stage of a multi-phase project aimed at improving vehicle manufacturing flexibility and logistical efficiency as well as preparing for future technologies. The initial phase at the Alabama plant, which will involve expansion in assembly, is due to be completed in 2018…

  • Ford’s $1.2bn Michigan investments

    March 28, 2017

    US – The funds will go towards upgrading Michigan Assembly Plant, increasing capacity at Romeo Engine and developing an advanced data centre. Ford says the investments will help it to “strengthen its leadership in trucks and SUVs and support the company’s expansion to an auto and mobility company”…

  • Nissan changes North America team

    March 21, 2017

    US – The appointments, effective from April 1, range across production and engineering; R&D; customer satisfaction; marketing and sales; communications; and legal matters. Most of the roles relate to Nissan’s Franklin site, Tennessee…

  • Vojvodich joins Ford board

    March 10, 2017

    US – Taking up the role on April 1, Lynn Vojvodich will sit on the Nominating and Governance, Sustainability and Innovation and Audit Committees. Last month, Vojvodich completed her tenure with software company Salesforce, where she had served as executive vice-president and chief marketing officer since 2013…

  • GM and Honda pick Fuel Cell team

    March 7, 2017

    US – Suheb Haq of GM will become the first president of the newly created Fuel Cell System Manufacturing (FCSM) while Tomomi Kosaka of Honda will serve as its vice-president. The board of directors will comprise three executives from each company and will include a rotating chairperson…

  • Ford trials large-scale 3D printing

    March 6, 2017

    US – The OEM is exploring how substantial, one-piece components such as spoilers could be printed for the prototyping and future production of vehicles, with resultant decreases in weight and fuel consumption. Ford is using a Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer at its research centre in Dearborn, Michigan…

  • Honda’s $150m for ten-speed transmissions

    March 6, 2017

    US – The investment will be spread across two plants in Georgia and Ohio, enabling Honda to produce the automatic transmissions for front-wheel-drive vehicles. Production started today at Honda Precision Parts of Georgia (HPPG) in Tallapoosa…