JLR

  • JLR 3D-printed glove
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    3D-printed glove to aid assembly workers

    2019-09-26T09:25:00Z

    UK - Jaguar Land Rover has been testing a 3D-printed glove to prevent injuries to production line workers

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    Jaguar Land Rover Nitra, Slovakia

    2019-09-18T15:55:00Z

    Production of the new Defender has just started at the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Nitra

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    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 

  • JLR’s announcement of £1bn investment in Castle Bromwich
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    Have EVs reached a tipping point in the UK?

    2019-07-25T10:04:00Z

    With the continued political uncertainty from the lack of Brexit progress, JLR announcement of a £1bn investment in its Castle Bromwich facility to make the new electric XJ will be met with some relief by the UK government, writes Ian Henry

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    Honda closure deals blow to UK

    2019-02-19T13:06:00Z

    Honda has announced plans to close its Swindon plant at the end of the current model’s production lifecycle in 2021. The statement, which was published on the company’s website, refers to the changing nature of the global auto industry and Honda’s “commitment to electrified cars” as the main reasons behind ...

  • IAC-Halewood-AGV-cockpit-assembly-line
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    Dashboard meeting

    2019-01-11T10:43:00Z

    Switching from gantry line to a fleet of AGVs, an IAC facility near Liverpool has brought swift and smart adaptability to its instrument panel assembly process Specialists in interior components, IAC operates in all automotive manufacturing markets around the globe. But it was its production lines at ...

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    New year, new arrangements

    2018-12-10T16:41:00Z

    As 2018 draws to a close, the pace of change in vehicle manufacturing is accelerating. The move to EVs is gaining speed while the companies themselves continue to realign and optimise their manufacturing footprints. The future of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has been thrown into doubt with the arrest of ...

  • FAW Changchung
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    Unease in the East

    2018-11-21T14:15:00Z

    Falling sales, electrification and mega mergers: Nick Gibbs provides an overview of the current automotive industry trends in China A fascinating year for China’s automotive industry has seen the world’s largest car market undergo a series of seismic shifts as it moves to a new level of maturity, bringing ...

  • ZF ATS2019
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    Piecing it all together

    2018-11-06T11:23:00Z

    Ian Henry identifies six themes from the moves, mergers and makeovers underway in the global automotive tier supply sector Six themes characterise the automotive supply sector at present, namely: ongoing M A, the financial challenges faced by the supply base, restructuring and realignment of product portfolios, investment in new ...

  • JLR Nitra
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    JLR opens Nitra plant

    2018-10-30T17:18:00Z

    Slovakia - Jaguar Land Rover has opened its manufacturing facility in Nitra, which is located in the west of the country, an hour s drive from the capital Bratislava. It cost the company €1.4bn (US$1.59bn) to build, covers an area of 300,000 sq.m, and has an annual output of 150,000 ...

  • Johann Wolf Rolls-Royce
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    Rolls-Royce appoints production head

    2018-10-25T16:27:51Z

    UK - Johann Wolf has been named director of manufacturing at the company. He has 40 years of experience working in the BMW Group and holding various different manufacturing roles, in the latest of which he was responsible for integrating new products into the company's Dingolfing plant. "I am delighted ...

  • Ian Henry
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    Food for thought in Paris

    2018-10-09T17:22:05Z

    So many big names were absent from this year’s Paris motor show that the long-term future of these events must soon be called into question. Nissan, Volvo, Opel, Ford and Fiat in particular were notable no-shows. Audi and Skoda had a presence, but the Volkswagen brand was perhaps the biggest ...

  • Volvo Cars recycled plastics
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    Waste not...

    2018-09-13T12:03:32Z

    Karen McCandless reports on vehicle-maker recycling projects ranging from plastic bottles to electric vehicle batteries As vehicle production numbers continue to increase, up from 11.9m in 2013 to 17m in 2017, so do the automotive industry’s waste management efforts continue to improve. The waste generated per unit produced in the ...

  • Ian Henry
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    PSA – setting a new pace with Opel

    2018-08-20T11:58:41Z

    Having bought the perennial loss-making Opel-Vauxhall operations from GM last year, PSA has lost no time in starting with the turnaround required. And the early signs are that it has already had a notable impact, something which may surprise many, myself included. When the acquisition was announced in early 2017, ...

  • central europe Kecskemet Mercedes
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    Centre of operations

    2018-08-17T09:56:02Z

    Investment in new plants and expansion of existing facilities shows central Europe to be at the heart of vehicle manufacturers’ regional strategies At first glance, vehicle production in central Europe – essentially the former communist bloc countries west of the Russian border – appears to centre on Volkswagen with its ...

  • Ian Henry
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    PSA and Nissan exploring new ground

    2018-07-17T11:29:47Z

    An interesting news report caught my eye recently; the article suggested that PSA – whose Chinese plants are operating well below capacity – will lease one of its factories in China to Nissan later this summer. The report suggested that the factory and its workforce will move to Nissan in ...

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    Gaining PACE!

    2018-07-05T14:24:50Z

    Groupe PSA’s acquisition of GM’s loss-making European operations raised a few eyebrows. Ian Henry looks at the plan to turn around the Opel/Vauxhall brands After several months of due diligence, the deal was completed on August 1, 2017. Come early November, a new strategy, PACE!, was announced. Having been making ...

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    Diesel – is the final curtain about to fall?

    2018-06-19T15:14:22Z

    Car companies across Europe are facing a serious problem with their diesel line-ups; whether it is the loss of consumer confidence following the VW crisis, or a rising environmental awareness among consumers, coupled with evident official policy moving against diesel, barely a week goes by without reports of declining diesel ...

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    JLR opts for EU over UK

    2018-06-13T11:49:05Z

    Uncertainties surrounding Brexit are causing some OEMs to move car production from the UK to Europe. Michael Nash investigates In November 2016, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said that it would make its all-new Discovery in the UK and Slovakia in order to meet soaring demand in the segment. But news ...

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    Out now: Electric Vehicles 2018

    2018-05-11T16:57:44Z

    As governments and vehicle-makers turn away from combustion engines, the time for EVs is now In this era of stricter regulations, commitment to the environment and energetic competition, alternatively-powered vehicles are central to every OEMs production strategy. While the take up of electrified vehicles over the past two decades has ...