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  • PSA overview

    A future European giant?


    New models and increased market share: Ian Henry reports on PSA’s improving fortunes under Carlos Tavares’ leadershipWhen Carlos Tavares arrived at PSA from Renault in 2014, he set about turning around the loss-making company. His plan, embodied under the strapline ‘Back in the Race’, aimed to restore PSA to profitability, ...

  • UD Trucks Croner copy

    Croner assembly starts in Malaysia


    Malaysia - The first complete knocked-down (CKD) Croner has been assembled at the UD Trucks and Tan Chong Industrial Equipment (TCIE) plant in Segambut - a sub district of Kuala Lumpur. This follows a recent investment of M$4.5m (US$1.12m) in the facility."Croner is a versatile, reliable, safe and fuel-efficient medium-duty ...

  • Final Inspection Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine Europe

    Building the boost


    The manufacturing process of turbochargers requires high precision and extensive testing. Michael Nash provides insightThe trend of vehicle electrification is picking up pace as more car manufacturers launch new hybridised and pure electric models. Some have even promised that all their models will soon feature some level of electrification, be ...

  • Mahindra pik up

    Mahindra opens new assembly facility


    South Africa - The company has opened a new vehicle assembly plant in Durban - a coastal city located in the KwaZulu-Natal province. Costing 10m rand (US$790,000), it will be used to build a range of single- and double-cab pick-ups, demand for which is currently rising across the country."Mahindra has ...

  • Ford Otosan Turkey

    Raising the volume


    Turkey is on Europe’s geographic fringes, but central to its automotive manufacturing network. Ian Henry reportsAccording to the Turkish automotive trade association, OSD, at the end of 2017, Turkey’s automotive manufacturers had a total production capacity of close to 2m vehicles a year, divided c1.4m cars, c400,000 vans and around ...

  • Magswitch tools_2

    Intelligent weld


    Michigan-based Trantek Automation turned to Magswitch for help in finding a simpler way to error proof an automotive seat frame process Automation cells rely on a wide variety of equipment working together harmoniously to provide instantaneous and accurate feedback when producing a high-quality component. It is ...

  • Artist rendering of the FC stack production building within the Honsha Plant premises

    Toyota to build fuel cell facilities


    Japan - The OEM has revealed plans to construct a new building next to its Honsha Plant in Toyota City for the production of fuel cell stacks. Work on the exterior has already been completed, with the facility covering an area of 70,000 sq.m, and work on the interior is ...

  • Magswitch tools_2

    Intelligent weld


    Michigan-based Trantek Automation turned to Magswitch for help in finding a simpler way to error proof an automotive seat frame process Automation cells rely on a wide variety of equipment working together harmoniously to provide instantaneous and accurate feedback when producing a high-quality component. It is not ...

  • Bill Ford

    Heavy on the hybrids


    It may have been slow off the mark with electrification, but Ford is now stepping up its efforts through a new global growth strategyIn October 2017, Ford’s new CEO Jim Hackett set out a strategy centred on a major cost-cutting exercise worth $10 billion over the next five years, taking ...

  • Article

    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 ...

  • Mahindra KUV100

    Mahindra teams up with Ideal Motors


    Sri Lanka - A joint venture (JV) has been established between the two companies in order to assemble vehicles at a new plant in Kalutara. Mahindra holds a 35% stake in the JV, while Ideal Motors holds 65%.Although Ideal Motors has been distributing Mahindra vehicles in the country for nine ...

  • BorgWarner facility Thailand

    BorgWarner opens turbocharger facility


    Thailand - BorgWarner has inaugurated a new turbocharger production plant in Rayong, Thailand. Covering an area of 6,500 sq. m, the site has been established to meet growing demand for turbochargers in the Southeast Asian automotive market."Thailand is a very important production base for Asian automakers and offers an excellent ...

  • New UK-built Honda Civic unveiled and all set for export success

    More to follow


    With Honda reporting record volume figures for the full calendar year 2017, Ian Henry takes a region-by-region look at how the company is reacting The third biggest Japanese car company after Toyota and Nissan, Honda has especially strong positions in North America, China and much of Asia outside Japan; it ...

  • 5-Laser cutting provides the highest level of precision for the shape and features of bumper beams. (Constellium White, GA)

    Aluminium allegiance


    Industry analysts are predicting a growth phase for aluminium content in the vehicle material mix. AMS reports on the new grades and applications that underpin this claim

  • ArcelorMittal Technical Shot BIW HotForming

    Lightweighting with laser-welded blanks


    The latest generation of steels brings new opportunities for OEMs Laser-welded blanks (LWB) give automotive engineers the chance to design lightweight parts that ensure the right steel is in the right place for safety and performance. Combining LWBs with new hot-stamping grades, such as Usibor 2000 and Ductibor ...

  • Till Oberwörder named as new head of Daimler Buses

    Till Oberwörder takes the reins at Daimler Buses


    Till Oberwörder will become the new Head of Daimler Buses and CEO of EvoBus as of 1 April 2018. He takes over from Hartmut Schick, who will now be responsible for Daimler Trucks Asia.“Daimler Buses division is in the best hands with Till Oberwörder," commented Martin Daum, Member of the ...

  • Audi FAW paintshop Changchun

    The secret behind the shine


    ABB Robotics is helping Audi achieve high levels of quality and consistency in its sealing and coating operationWith automated painting processes at Audi’s plant in Changchun, China, clean and shining Audi A4Ls are rolling out one by one. This paintshop includes under-body coating, interior seam sealing, cosmetic sealing and three ...

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    AGVs set in motion


    As Industry 4.0 kicks into even higher gear, AGV technology is helping to make it a smoother and more responsive upshiftEarlier this year, we discussed how automated guided vehicles, AGVs, are becoming fixtures of the automotive industry and how enterprise approaches and deployments were beginning to gain traction. A year ...

  • SRB inner ring measured

    Smart rotation


    SKF looks to digitalise its business model and manufacturing operations. AMS spoke to Luc Graux, director of manufacturing and process development, to find more about the impact of IoTWhat effect is the move to an I4.0 based operation having on SKF’s production?We are certainly trying to apply the same I4.0 ...

  • Renault and Al-Futtaim

    Al-Futtaim to assemble Renault vehicles


    Pakistan – The two companies have signed definitive agreements for the exclusive assembly and distribution of Renault models in the country. The new subsidiary Al-Futtaim Automotive Pakistan will start building a factory in Karachi in Q1 2018.“Groupe Renault is delighted to extend its international footprint by entering Pakistan, a fast-growing ...