Q&A

  • EmilioHerreranewChiefOperatingOfficerforKiaMotorsEurope
    Article

    Watch: Kia maintains investment, launches and stability in Europe

    2020-05-12T11:19:00Z

    In this video interview, Kia Motors Europe chief operating officer, Emilio Herrera, and director of marketing, Carlos Lahoz, outline how the Korean brand is learning from supply chain and production disruptions, digitalising sales channels and maintaining investment in electrification to chart a route towards recovery in Europe.

  • LEVC plant quality and operations director Mofid Elkemiri copy
    Article

    Mofid Elkemiri, LEVC manufacturing operations and quality director

    2020-04-08T14:02:00Z

    LEVC’s  Mofid Elkemiri was recruited to the Geely-owned company back in 2016 as launch director for the TX5 electric taxi. Prior to that he spent six years at UK-based trim supplier CAB Automotive, where he rose to the position of engineering and quality director. AMS speaks to him about his current role, ramping up production, battery cell supply and the relationship with the parent company. But first, we ask how the factory has been affected by the recent coronavirus measures and the suspension of production…

  • Oliver Zipse BMW CEO
    Article

    Zipse blog sets out BMW’s response to the coronavirus crisis

    2020-04-03T14:59:00Z

    As China operations resume, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse sets out the action areas to steer the company’s global production through the crisis …

  • YASA P400_e-motor
    Article

    Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

    2020-02-16T18:55:00Z

    You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing manufacturing processes

  • Factory 56 impression 2
    Article

    Digital tools connect plants to low energy operations

    2020-01-15T11:53:00Z

    Big opportunities to reduce energy consumption in car manufacturing facilities are waiting to be explored. AMS looks at carmakers taking the path to becoming more eco-friendly

  • Bentley Hallmark
    Article

    Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark

    2019-12-20T16:37:00Z

    CEO Adrian Hallmark has led Bentley since February 2018 when he returned to the company he originally left back in 2005 as sales and marketing director. He remained in the VW Group before leaving for a seven-year stretch at Jaguar Land Rover. He retook the reigns in a dark time, presiding over the company’s first loss in seven years, but as he tells AMS, he is making changes at the plant to make it more cost effective and planning for an electric future.

  • Andrew Cross CTO Integral Powertrain
    Article

    Andrew Cross, Integral Powertrain and the Triumph Motorcycles Project TE-1

    2019-12-03T08:54:00Z

    Integral Powertrain is one of the technical partners involved with Triumph Motorcycles Project TE-1. AMS speaks to CTO Andrew Cross about the aims and challenges of developing a compact electric motor package for motorcycles

  • Martin Hofman_VW
    Article

    At the centre of change for Volkswagen Group

    2019-11-18T06:30:00Z

    Martin Hofmann, chief information office of the Volkswagen Group (pictured, right), explains how the carmaker is transforming its IT system backbone and legacy infrastructure across manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain and engineering – and how Volkswagen is now able to attract top software talent.

  • A.Bratoz
    Interview

    Ales Bratoz, head of manufacturing and supply chain, AvtoVAZ

    2019-09-18T11:28:00Z

    After successful stints as the head of Renault’s Slovenia plant and of Renault’s Turkish joint venture, Ales Bratoz took on the role AvtoVAZ’s head of manufacturing and supply chain in 2016. A Slovenian national, Bratoz was also plant manager of the Avtoframos plant, now Renault Moscow, from 2005-2008…

  • BMW Landshut emotor P90228234_highRes
    Interview

    Powering the EV surge

    2019-09-16T10:27:00Z

    Andreas Guecker, head of quality management and projects within BMW’s planning and production of E-Powertrains, offers an insight into the OEM’s e-drive production operations 

  • Tucson HMMC
    Article

    Team building at Hyundai, Czech Republic

    2019-07-22T13:20:00Z

    Gareth Price reports on a collaborative approach to production quality that prompted Hyundai to locate assembly of its N performance brand in the Czech Republic

  • Scott Ward
    Article

    Scott Ward, director of manufacturing, Aston Martin St Athan

    2019-07-22T12:51:00Z

    As Aston Martin opens its brand new St Athan facility ready for production of its DBX, Nick Gibbs meets director of manufacturing at the plant, Scott Ward

  • Luca de Meo, SEAT
    Article

    Interview: Luca de Meo, CEO, SEAT

    2019-06-25T09:06:00Z

    Seat has a long history of making affordable and reliable cars, but how will the company continue to do so while also electrifying its line up? Michael Nash sits down with Luca de Meo to find out

  • Automotive cyber security
    Article

    Stay connected

    2019-05-14T14:51:00Z

    Automotive production networks have become far more connected but also more exposed to problems with IT and OT network security and compatibility. Nick Boughton digital lead at Boulting Technology spoke to AMS Editor Nick Holt about how manufacturers should be more aware and prepared

  • moscow_plant-41
    Article

    Muscovite foresight

    2019-03-05T10:13:00Z

    Preparing assembly operations for a new SUV, Renault Moscow plant director Jean-Louis Theron tells Nick Gibbs about investments in automation and a renewed focus on quality Russia’s boom-and-bust car market makes operating a plant in the country incredibly difficult. Running one in Moscow, where staff turnover ...

  • Eaton-Cummins-Automated-Transmission-Technologies
    Article

    Eaton and Cummins venture forth

    2019-03-04T12:19:00Z

    To face an ever-widening array challenges, automotive manufacturing has seen numerous instances of partnerships, alliances, mergers and acquisitions entered into as a means to stay healthy Back in 2017, power management company Eaton and engine manufacturer Cummins formed a joint venture for automated transmissions for heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial ...