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  • Laness1
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    Form and function

    2019-10-08T14:38:00Z

    Developments in composite parts are continuing to offer the automotive industry a variety of weight and cost advantages in high-volume production

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    A proactive approach

    2019-10-07T12:11:00Z

    Predictive maintenance offers big gains in production efficiency. Mike Farish looks at some examples of how these systems have been developed and applied

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    Building to order

    2019-09-23T16:04:00Z

    JLR-interiors supplier Auria has big plans for its new facility in Slovakia, both with the fabric of the building and the technology it is housing. Mike Farish reports

  • TPCA finish line inspection
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    Looking after ‘the triplets’

    2019-09-18T17:24:00Z

    The Toyota-PSA venture combines talents for the production of a trio of city cars. Gareth Price reports 

  • BMWiNext
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    Carbon composite footprint

    2019-09-16T15:01:00Z

    EV development has made lightweighting vehicle structures a priority. James Bakewell reports on the increased role for carbon fibre-reinforced plastics

  • Truck cab
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    Flexible thinking

    2019-09-10T09:59:00Z

    Commercial vehicle sales in Russia are on the decline, but Volvo Trucks has a plan in place to deal with the tough conditions. Michael Nash reports

  • Camera inspection at VW Emden
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    Digitalised energy saving

    2019-08-22T14:29:00Z

    Vehicle production has become increasingly digitalised, with a variety of different tools helping workers on production lines. These tools can also help reduce energy usage. Michael Nash provides an insight

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    Gathering clouds

    2019-08-20T10:44:00Z

    Cloud computing has been used for some time by carmakers, but its full potential has still to be realised in automation applications. 

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    Supplier financials a cause for concern

    2019-08-16T15:41:00Z

    Recent quarterly results from some of the major tier ones make for grim reading, as company after company reports declining profits and cites common themes for these disappointing times

  • Schaeffler powertrain
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    Gaining traction

    2019-07-24T09:15:00Z

    The technologies required by the powertrain systems of electric vehicles offer new possibilities for innovation on the part of supplier companies

  • ZF eight-speed transmission assembly Saarbrucken
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    Easing into electrification

    2019-07-24T08:45:00Z

    ZF is offering both hybrid and pure electric powertrain solutions to its customers in order to encourage the auto industry’s transition to electrification. Michael Nash looks into its strategy…

  • EvoBus Daimler Mannheim
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    Solar flair

    2019-07-09T11:32:00Z

    Sven Schulz, CEO of battery systems supplier Akasol, speaks to Gareth Price about the company’s involvement with Daimler’s next generation electrified bus

  • BorgWarner P2 Modules
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    Combined forces

    2019-07-09T11:08:00Z

    For powertrain component specialists such as BorgWarner, a shift to electrification is bringing challenges and opportunities. Gareth Price reports

  • EV batteries
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    Gaining momentum

    2019-06-10T10:58:00Z

    Vehicle makers and tier suppliers are embarking on huge changes to their production operations and range line-ups to supply electrified vehicles. Ian Henry looks at who’s charging ahead and who’s falling flat

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    Taking shape

    2019-05-28T13:50:00Z

    The automotive sector has seen a rapid increase in the use of high strength steel grades. But the materials provide a challenge for manufacturing engineers in the forming process

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    Illuminating the way

    2019-05-02T16:31:00Z

    With Bosch’s manufacturing operation at Wuxi identified as a “Lighthouse” of industry 4.0, Mike Farish takes a closer look the site’s data-driven developments and explores a similar beacon of progress based in the UK The term ‘world leader’ is easy-to-use and needs more than self-estimation to justify. But ...

  • BMW 1 Series paintshop
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    Supporting structures

    2019-04-29T13:29:00Z

    With capability and complexity within paintshops on the increase, Mike Farish speaks to suppliers about the more proactive and better connected quality control efforts taking shape As the materials and processes that underpin automotive paintshop operations continue to develop, so must relevant support services as demand for continuous improvement ...

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    Nafta aftermath

    2019-04-12T16:19:00Z

    A new trade deal era will reconfigure Mexico’s automotive industry relations with the US, Nick Gibbs reports Mexico’s reign as the champion of export-led automotive manufacturing among emerging economies is looking distinctly shaky. Last year, production there fell for the first time since the global financial crisis in 2008, ...

  • Delphi Technologies DFI21 Injector
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    Shift of power

    2019-03-04T15:21:00Z

    Emobility may be flourishing but the internal combustion engine still has a long way to run. Gareth Price speaks to leading powertrain component suppliers endeavouring to make a smooth transition

  • Nissan production
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    Allies at a crossroads

    2019-03-04T11:22:00Z

    While boardroom scandal and criminal allegations have tested this longstanding partnership, the ties that bind the Alliance OEMS remain firmly in place With the arrest in late 2018 of Carlos Ghosn, the man who has led the turnaround in the fortunes of both Renault and Nissan in recent ...