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    Powertrain to the people

    2021-02-08T19:04:00Z

    As the automotive industry rapidly electrifies, powertrain suppliers have to adapt, but Illya Verpraet finds out that ZF is on board with the transition, enjoying more freedom in both engineering and manufacturing

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    Power is nothing without control

    2021-02-08T18:44:00Z

    Chassis components keep the wheels from falling off the EV revolution. Illya Verpraet found out how Gestamp is managing the change with material and quality control innovation

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    Volkswagen Components begins battery recycling pilot

    2021-02-01T10:23:00Z

    The Salzgitter plant has started operations to create a closed-loop process for recovering raw materials from lithium-ion batteries

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    Securing semiconductor supply

    2021-02-01T09:20:00Z

    A shortage of semiconductors is hampering global automotive production around the world. Bettina Weiss, chief of staff and global smart mobility lead at electronics association SEMI, tells Marcus Williams why this is happening and why OEMs need to forge more direct links with the chip manufacturers

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    NVH reduction for electric vehicle interiors

    2021-01-31T18:57:00Z

    Brian Pour, president and CEO of Auria Solutions, identifies the increasing importance of electric vehicles as a major factor influencing the development of vehicle interiors and one that will pick up even more pace given recent political change. Mike Farish reports

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    Interior innovations

    2021-01-30T17:45:00Z

    The new generation of electric vehicles offer a great opportunity to accelerate the development of smart interiors. Mike Farish reports on the application of new technologies and materials

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    Ineos finalises supply for Hambach takeover

    2021-01-19T16:40:00Z

    Ineos Automotive has officially taken over operations of the Daimler plant in Hambach, France, after completing the purchase of the facility in December last year. It will start building the firm’s Grenadier off-roader in 2021, as well as continue to build the Smart EQ Fortwo until the end of its model cycle.

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    Semiconductor shortage will hit auto industry well into 2021

    2021-01-19T16:39:00Z

    An ongoing shortage in semiconductor supply is disrupting production of parts and vehicles around the world. The supply bottleneck, which is caused by a combination of factors, including the impact of Covid-19 on production in the first half of 2020 and on manufacturing investment, is affecting a number of major carmakers and their suppliers.

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    Ford cuts its losses in Brazil with closure of all production in 2021

    2021-01-13T12:10:00Z

    Ford will shut all three of its production facilities in Brazil this year and import vehicles from other markets in South America, including neighbouring Argentina and Uruguay, to meet demand in the country.

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    AI and automation in automotive production need people and quality data to succeed

    2020-12-23T16:19:00Z

    Experts from BMW, Ford, Symbio Robotics and Cosmo Tech discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in automotive production need fast ramp-up times and adoption by employees to succeed. High-quality data and use of simulation are also key.

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    AMS Winter 2020 – Supporting production through automation and AI

    2020-12-21T16:20:00Z

    The latest AMS edition is out with a special focus on automation opportunities, including for artificial intelligence and cobots. The issue features in-depth insight on robotics and new processes, with interviews featuring BMW, Fraunhofer, Drishti and many more.

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    Enhanced control in a changing world

    2020-12-20T19:20:00Z

    Automation is nothing new, but ongoing developments are allowing more intelligent use of these machines. 

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    Power to the people

    2020-12-20T19:01:00Z

    AI deployed in supporting manual assembly operations can be a powerful tool according to Dr Prasad Akella, CEO at Drishti

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    Advancing machine learning

    2020-12-20T17:48:00Z

    Assembly operations still offer a lot of potential for automation. A new project aims to take machine learning to the next level

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    Watch: Supporting production through automation – from AI to cobots (EP.2)

    2020-12-18T09:10:00Z

    This Livestream Hour episode discusses how automation and AI can support automotive manufacturing with technology leaders from BMW and Ford, together with systems and software specialists.

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    The inside story

    2020-12-14T16:32:00Z

    Henkel’s Dr. Burak Kutlu examines how innovative solutions can solve application challenges and increase yield rates in the automotive display market

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    Designs on lightening the load

    2020-12-14T16:16:00Z

    ArcelorMittal’s study on smart steel solutions for chassis can extend range, reduce costs and emissions, explains Jean-Luc Thirion, head of ArcelorMittal’s Global R&D for Flat Products, and Paul Brettnacher, CMO of Automotive and Packaging for ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products.

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    A collaborative approach to automation

    2020-12-14T15:22:00Z

    Now in the guise of ‘cobots’, robots often work not just alongside, but with their operations integrated with those of co-located people

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    Integrating robotics and electric powertrains in BMW production

    2020-12-14T15:01:00Z

    BMW is on an EV offensive and is taking the opportunity to revamp its plants with automation and digital twins. Mark Smyth spoke to the global boss of production, Milan Nedeljković, about the challenges and opportunities

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    Christian Friedl takes over as director of Seat Martorell

    2020-12-08T12:11:00Z

    Christian Friedl is moving from Porsche to become director of Seat’s Martorell plant in Spain, starting from January 1. He replaces Rainer Fessel, who is moving to take over the management of the VW factory in Wolfsburg.