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  • Pressing ahead

    May 23, 2017

    Mladá – or “Young” – Boleslav seems an ironic name for a city where even the automotive production counts as antique. But over the past few years, Skoda’s oldest plant, which converted from motorcycle to car production around the turn of the 20th century, has pioneered state-of-the-art press shop technology within the Volkswagen Group. In March, this northern Czech factory began full production on the second of two servo-mechanical PXL press lines which ramp up capacity while reducing energy consumption and, most interestingly, will enable the future production of aluminium bodies…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Tracey takes Alfa Romeo and Jeep role

    May 10, 2017

    UK – With immediate effect, Andrew Tracey will step into the role of brand country manager for the two marques, replacing Damien Dally. The latter has moved to a new role with the parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in Turin, Italy…

  • 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…

  • Travel blog: Pressing business in Skodaville

    May 5, 2017

    I got lost in Mladá Boleslav. Actually, there are worse places to wander than this northern Czech city; the crumbling old buildings are characterful, the Bohemian castle is picturesque and the mountain air is, well, a breath of fresh air to a visitor from London still trailing noxious fumes. But I was in town to see Skoda’s shiny new press line and in a rush to get to the factory…