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  • Ford hopes new top team can Hackett

    May 22, 2017

    US – Replacing Mark Fields, who is retiring after 28 years with the company, Jim Hackett will become president and CEO, reporting to executive chairman Bill Ford. The OEM also named Jim Farley, Joe Hinrichs and Marcy Klevorn in new leadership roles under Hackett…

  • 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…

  • KMMG makes one-millionth Sorento

    May 3, 2017

    US – The white CUV was manufactured at Kia’s West Point facility in Georgia seven-and-a-half years after a production launch for the model costing $1.1 billion. It will be on display at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the next few weeks…

  • HMA starts making new Odyssey

    April 25, 2017

    US – The production launch comes after “significant investments in new technologies”, says Honda, including a new process for the application of acoustic foam at 14 points throughout the vehicle body. The Lincoln, Alabama, factory is the exclusive manufacturing location for the minivan…

  • 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…

  • Del Rosso to lead Bentley in the Americas

    April 5, 2017

    US – Replacing Michael Winkler, who will return to Australia after a two-month transition period, Mark del Rosso will become president and CEO for the region on June 1, 2017. He will report to Andreas Offermann, Bentley’s member of the board for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales…

  • 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…