Interiors

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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

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    Ford invests in EV and AV production

    2019-03-21T11:18:00Z

    US - Ford has said it will spend US$900m on its facilities in Michigan in order to ready for the production of both electric and autonomous vehicles. This is the l atest in a string of investments that the OEM has recently announced it will make in US plants. ...

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    Out now: ATS 2019

    2018-11-12T09:21:02Z

    For this, our third issue of the ATS supplement , we have spoken once again to key players in this crucial sector of the market, revealing their insight on the current state of automotive manufacturing. Piecing it all together Ian Henry identifies six themes from the moves, mergers and ...

  • IAC FastKast on MINI Countryman IP
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    Getting beneath the skin

    2018-11-12T08:45:00Z

    Specialists in automotive interiors have long been at the sharp end of sustainability issue. Gareth Price looks at the controls and techniques that are helping IAC Group improve process control and lower energy consumption Ever since environmental impact became a hot topic for discussion and action within the automotive ...

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    Making metal add up

    2018-09-13T12:30:55Z

    Additively manufactured metal parts present a challenge for high-volume production but at the other end of the scale, engineers are successfully developing the process for specialist, low volume parts. Mike Farish reports All over the automotive industry companies are exploring the potential of additive techniques to make parts in polymers ...

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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 ...

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    Show us what you’re made of

    2018-05-11T15:27:34Z

    Dürr explains how, a variety of different materials are being used to construct the latest models hitting the market, and paint lines need to adapt accordingly The future belongs to electric vehicles (EVs), since they allow emission-free and sustainable mobility. The established car manufacturers are increasingly being joined in ...

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    Material matters

    2018-03-07T17:01:38Z

    New developments in polycarbonate in automotive applications offer a glimpse of the future Covestro's electric concept car includes polycarbonate wrap-around glazing Designed in 1967 Covestro’s (then Bayer) K67 showcased how plastics could be used to create a stylish performance car. Fifty years later specialist materials supplier opened the doors ...

  • Audi A4 production in Aurangabad, India
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    A race for third place

    2018-03-02T12:24:48Z

    India’s vehicle sales are booming to the benefit of a handful of established manufacturers, but it’s still a tricky market for those on the sidelines Last year, India’s passenger vehicle market cracked 3m units for the first time, up 9% on 2016, according to data from Swedish analyst firm AID. ...

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    Faurecia constructs new facility in Missouri

    2018-02-15T15:52:54Z

    The Tier 1 supplier Faurecia is building a new production facility in Blue Springs, Missouri. Costing $60m, it will be used to manufacture and assemble both door and instrument panels for vehicles. "Faurecia is proud to open this new site and to provide new opportunities for local job seekers," commented ...

  • Meisterbock Ingolstadt Audi
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    Counting on the data

    2018-01-02T16:37:39Z

    The implementation of digital tools is transforming the quality control processes in manufacturing operations Physical jigs are now being rendered as digital models and Audi says it is well on the way to representing a concept that resides in the digital, ‘virtual’ world. The company is now exploiting the concept ...

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    High fibre content

    2018-01-02T16:16:15Z

    Composites reinforced with glass fibres have been used in the mass-production of hang- and bolt-on parts for decades – AMS looks at some recent innovations Mounting pressure on OEMs to reduce the weight of their vehicles means that material and tier suppliers making body panels, interior parts, under-the-bonnet parts, ...

  • Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, Plana nad Luznici, plant
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    European ramp up

    2017-11-21T11:44:17Z

    Yanfeng is busily growing its operation within Europe as two new facilities come on stream, with a manufacturing plant in the Czech Republic and a new test centre in Slovakia Though the company was only formally established in 2015 Yanfeng Automotive Interiors already registers as one of the biggest automotive ...

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    The stage to engage

    2017-11-15T16:31:08Z

    The continually restructuring tier supply environment is witnessing record M&A activity amid rapid technological change Tier one suppliers currently face a bewildering mix of challenges, some long-term and some short-term in impact. This has always been the case, but the pace of change and the scale of adjustment required now ...

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    The stage to engage

    2017-11-15T12:33:31Z

    The continually restructuring tier supply environment is witnessing record M&A activity amid rapid technological change Tier one suppliers currently face a bewildering mix of challenges, some long-term and some short-term in impact. This has always been the case, but the pace of change and the scale of adjustment required now ...

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    IoT disruption in the driving seat

    2017-10-27T15:42:51Z

    Digitalised manufacturing will play a critical role helping automotive interiors suppliers achieve the flexibility needed to remain competitive and relevant in today’s fast-moving digital economy With consumers’ growing appetite for high value-added yet competitively priced vehicles, automotive suppliers face increasing pressure to keep up with changing tastes and requirements while ...

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    Novares opens Mioveni plant

    2017-09-21T12:09:26Z

    Romania – Until recently known as Mecaplast-Key Plastics, the company said it has established itself in the country in order to be close to its main customer, Dacia. The factory near Pite ş ti is Novares’ first in the country. According to Novares, the objective of the new facility is ...

  • Volvo S90 pre-production, Daqing of the new Volvo S90 in the Daqing manufacturing plant
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    Getting the green light

    2017-09-04T16:19:40Z

    Under government pressure, domestic and international OEMs in China are switching to new-energy vehicles US vehicle manufacturers Premium European brands European high-volume makers Japanese and Korean OEMs Motorcycle producers Suppliers The origins of Chinese vehicle manufacturing are rooted in technology transfers from European, US ...

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    Readying your cutting room for Industry 4.0

    2017-07-08T16:01:09Z

    Widespread digitalisation within automotive manufacturing is providing the opportunity for seating and interiors suppliers to move up the value chain With the Fourth Industrial Revolution well underway, automotive suppliers need to assess their Industry 4.0 readiness across all operations. The car of the future will be highly connected, electric and ...

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    A cut above the rest

    2017-06-23T15:18:48Z

    A new digital approach to leather cutting is establishing greater levels of equipment reliability and material throughput making it a more viable option for the volume production of car interior elements Normally any visible blemish on an automotive component is a reason for instant rejection. But there is one circumstance ...