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    Coming soon in our July-August issue...


    >> SEAT – The Spanish OEM has enjoyed record consecutive years of sales and growth in almost all markets in which it operates and is now launching an electrification offensive. CEO Luca de Meo is steering the ship, and talks to AMS about his plans...>> Canada – In the second ...

  • Carlos Ghosn

    In our next issue...


    Coming soon in our March-April issue… >> The Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance – We report on manufacturing operations as the OEM’s longstanding partnership faces testing times of scandal and corporate upheaval >> Japan – How are Japan’s OEMs faring at home as they intensify supply to their own domestic market? ...

  • Ford drones

    Drones take off at Ford Dagenham


    UK – Maintenance teams at Ford's Dagenham Engine Plant are now using camera drones to inspect the hard-to-reach parts of the facility.Previously, access to areas such as high-rise gantries, pipework and roof areas required automated extendable platforms and scaffolding to assess the 40-metre-long gantries that support the plant’s heavy machinery. ...

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    AMS Infographic: NAFTA numbers


    The most recent production numbers from NAFTA, shown here, highlight the continuing inter-relationship between the partner nations, the boom in pick-up and SUV (light truck) production and the march of Mexico. Read more in The saga so far Sources: OICA, Automotive News, AMIA, US Department of Commerce, CARThe saga so ...

  • Schaefer Full Flex Plant opening Hungary

    First 'Full Flex' factory build underway


    Hungary - Construction has begun on Mercedes-Benz's first “Full-Flex Plant“ in Kecskemét, 90km in the south of Budapest.The company is investing €1bn in the new facility that will comprise presses, bodyshop, paintshop and assembly lines. It is anticipated that more than 2,500 jobs will be created.Its first global “Full-Flex Plant”, ...

  • Olaf Bongwald CEO Valmet

    Bongwald takes the helm at Valmet


    Olaf Bongwald becomes CEO at ValmetFinland - Valmet Automotive´s board of directors has appointed Olaf Bongwald as chief executive officer, effective from July, 2018.Olaf Bongwald joins the Uusikaupunki-based contract manufacturer from American Axle where he has acted as Driveline Europe president.Previously, Bongwald held held several senior business leadership positions ...

  • BorgWarner new CEO Lissalde

    Lissalde to lead at BorgWarner


    BorgWarner's next CEO Frederic LissaldeUS – BorgWarner has announced that, from August 2018, Frederic Lissalde will become its president and chief executive officer.The powertrain solutions specialists reported that Lissalde will take over from James R. Verrier, who steps down as president and CEO to take up a non-executive advisory ...

  • VW Group CEO Diess

    VW to suspend lines for WLTP update


    VW Group CEO Herbert DiessGermany - Volkswagen must plan for temporary production closures at the main plant in Wolfsburg to allow a changeover to new laboratory test cycles on fuel consumption and emissions from passenger cars.The Group CEO Herbert Diess announced the expected disruption at a works meeting, and ...

  • Electric Vehicles 2018 cover copy

    Out now: Electric Vehicles 2018


    As governments and vehicle-makers turn away from combustion engines, the time for EVs is nowIn 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 endured ...

  • Audi R8 Spyder Produktion

    Transformation pressure on the automotive industry


    Audi has resolutely turned to the concept of the smart factory. But how does this profound transition work exactly? What role are humans playing in the process? Are suppliers ready to meet the new demands of the OEMs? The entire industry has to make crucial decisions on its future course, ...

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    PSA's Noël makes Malaysia move


    Noël will be based in Kuala LumpurMalaysia - PSA has appointed Laurence Noël as senior vice president for ASEAN and CEO of the NAM joint venture.Noël joined Groupe PSA in 1995. After holding various positions within the company's powertrain projects and programmes, she took charge of Powertrain, Platform and ...

  • VW Group production head Oliver Blume

    Blume leads VW Group production


    Blume will retain his role as CEO of PorscheGermany - Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has joined the VW Group's board of management, taking charge of group production. The move is part of an extensive revision of the group’s management structure that includes Herbert Diess replacing Matthias Müller as chairman ...


    Zaragoza to run Corsa line


    Spain – Opel has announced that the next generation of Corsa model will be produced exclusively at the Zaragoza plant from 2019. The OEM also confirmed that, by 2020, the electric variant of sub-compact car will be produced at the Spanish factory.The move will make Zaragoza the first Groupe PSA ...

  • PSA Vigo upgrade

    PSA upgrades Iberian plants


    PSA upgrades look to bring the Vigo plant into the Factory 4.0 eraSpain/Portugal – PSA will introduce a fourth team in Vigo and a third in Mangualde to service production of the group's new line-up of leisure activity vehicles (LAV).The two plants in PSA’s the Iberian Industrial Division, have ...

  • jorg stratmann mahle

    Stratmann steps up at Mahle


    Dr Jörg Stratmann - Mahle CEOGermany - Dr. Jörg Stratmann has been named as Mahle Group’s new CEO and management board chairman.Taking up the post on 1 February, Stratmann has transitioned quickly into the role following the departure to ZF of former Mahle CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider.Stratmann joined Mahle from ...

  • Porsche Zuffenhausen

    Porsche doubles e-mobility investment


    Expansion at Porsche Zuffenhausen will facilitate Mission E projectsGermany - Porsche is to invest significantly more funds into its electromobility development to produce both plug-in hybrids and purely electric vehicles at its Zuffenhausen plant. The move will see the Stuttgart-based OEM take its expenditure on e-mobility from around €3bn ...

  • Pehrson Polestar R and D

    Pehrson spec suits Polestar


    Hans Pehrson, Head of R&D, PolestarVolvo’s performance road car brand Polestar has appointed Hans Pehrson as its new head of research and development and electric propulsion strategy.Pehrson joins from a role supporting the London EV Company with the new London Taxi. In a career spanning more than 3O years, ...

  • ZF Wolf-Henning Scheider new CEO

    Scheider takes the helm at ZF


    ZF Friedrichshafen has named Wolf-Henning Scheider as its new CEO. The move, effective 1 February, sees the former Mahle CEO also head up the ZF Group. He succeeds interim CEO Dr. Konstantin Sauer, who assumed the role of ZF's CEO in addition to his function as CFO following the departure ...

  • PSA Mangualde

    PSA adds third team at Mangualde


    A third team will help Mangualde meet demand for the Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo modelsPortugal - PSA will create a third production team at its Mangualde plant creating up to 225 jobs from April 2018.The decision to step up volume is a response to the growth in demand ...

  • Skoda Karoq Mlado B

    Skoda takes Karoq to second line


    Mladá Boleslav makes 320 Karoqs each dayCzech Republic – Skoda has introduced a second line for its new Karoq compact SUV, supplementing the original production operations at Kvasiny.Reacting to high demand for the model, the company has invested around €16.6m ($20.3m) in the new Karoq production line at its ...