Inside the factory

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    Article

    More views from the “lighthouse”: Industry 4.0 instils culture change at Ford Otosan

    2020-03-27T16:02:00Z

    Ranked among the WEF Global Lighthouse Network, Ford Otosan’s Industry 4.0 strategy has improved mindsets as well as datasets

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    Webinar

    Watch Livestream: Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Automotive Supply Chain March Update

    2020-03-27T14:13:00Z

    Presented by Automotive from Ultima Media, hear from our analysts as they share insight on how the coronavirus crisis will impact global vehicle sales and what it will mean for automotive manufacturing and logistics.. We will also hear insights from Supply Chain and Technology Strategist, Wolfgang Lehmacher, and his views on supply chain impacts across industries, with a particular focus on Asia.

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    When the Covid-19 crisis is over, what ‘new normal’ can automotive suppliers expect to emerge?

    2020-03-19T11:08:00Z

    As the global automotive industry faces shutdowns, for who knows how long, it is worth considering how it might change or evolve once the pandemic’s peak has passed. Some companies, from vehicle companies down throughout the supply chain, may well go under, owing to the financial shock which Covid-19 is causing.

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    Coronavirus live blog: Vehicle plants set for wide-scale halt in production

    2020-03-17T15:19:00Z

    As OEMs manage temporary plant shutdowns across their manufacturing networks, follow our updates on the latest idling and resumption of production … Latest from BMW Daimler FCA Ford GM Honda Hyundai JLR Mazda ...

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    Viewed from the “lighthouse”: Renault plants connected to smart production

    2020-03-16T16:28:00Z

    Recognised by the WEF Global Lighthouse Network, Renault’s deep dive into industry 4.0 has launched a plethora of active improvement projects

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    Article

    Steelmakers keen to press home the BEV advantage

    2020-03-03T15:25:00Z

    Throughout the age of the mass-produced automobile, steel has been the principal material of choice for vehicle structures. Will it maintain its dominance as carmakers pursue new mobility concepts?

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    Article

    Bentley’s prudence for performance

    2019-12-20T16:12:00Z

    After more than half a century of carmaking, major changes are underway at Bentley’s Crewe headquarters as the luxury brand enacts a leaner and streamlined phase

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    Article

    Exoskeleton trials underway at Audi

    2019-12-11T12:46:00Z

    Audi has begun testing the ergonomic benefits of exoskeleton systems for workers at its Ingolstadt plant

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    Article

    Al around the weld

    2019-12-06T12:05:00Z

    Joining aluminium parts gives the bodyshop a number of challenges not encountered when welding steel. But a variety of weld techniques are helping OEMs to adapt and extend use of the ligher metal

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    Article

    Powering a bigger dig

    2019-11-29T15:06:00Z

    The off-highway sector is now seeing the introduction of electric powertrains. Nick Holt visited Hyperdrive to look at the development and production of battery packs for construction equipment

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    Article

    Dual brand adapters

    2019-11-20T16:06:00Z

    From finances to unions and electrifying its model range, domestic and global challenges abound for Hyundai-Kia

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    Article

    Lamborghini puts the AI in paint

    2019-11-14T11:55:00Z

    Chief manufacturing officer at the Sant’Agata Bolognese plant, Ranieri Niccoli speaks to AMS about the smart features now employed in the factory’s new paintshop

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    Article

    Bloodhound’s additive challenge

    2019-11-12T14:53:00Z

    Advances in additive manufacturing are being put to the most stringent of tests as the Bloodhound Land Speed Record project makes its first high-speed runs. Chris Pickering speaks to the engineers behind the project and the contribution made by 3D-printed components, one of the key production technologies helping to make the attempt possible

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    VW Zwickau leads the MEB charge as ID.3 goes into production

    2019-11-04T12:22:00Z

    Volkswagen’s vision for its newly-converted Zwickau plant is that it will become an emobility flagship – a state-of-the-art, flexible, high-tech factory with digitalisation underpinning all areas. Now series production of the ID.3 electric vehicle has begun there, VW’s new era is formally underway…

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    Article

    New horizons

    2019-09-18T10:41:00Z

    With a healthy automotive supply chain and financial incentives on offer, Slovakia was an attractive prospect for JLR to expand its production facility network, as Nick Gibbs reports 

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    Big vehicles, big profits

    2019-09-16T14:27:00Z

    Pickup trucks and SUVs drive profits and investment in US automotive production as cars are cut from model line-ups. Nick Gibbs reports

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    Article

    Staying on track

    2019-09-08T09:02:00Z

    FCA’s restructuring has proved successful and the Jeep brand continues to prosper with new models on the way, but there are still challenges to overcome. Ian Henry reports

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    Quick learners

    2019-08-22T16:00:00Z

    From training, quality and work station design, OEMs are seeing a host of applications that can benefit from virtual and augmented reality technology

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    Podcast

    PSA and Toyota make the Czech list – AMS Podcast Episode 05 (Pt 01)

    2019-08-06T11:25:00Z

    The AMS Podcast returns with a three-part bumper episode. The team discuss the TPCA joint venture facility in the Czech Republic. Episode sponsored by SSAB

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    Canada feels the chill

    2019-07-22T13:43:00Z

    Trading challenges and dwindling investment is putting Canada’s automotive manufacturers under pressure.