All Bodyshop articles – Page 2

  • Ford hotforming Saarlouis
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    Casting a duo

    2019-01-08T16:37:00Z

    Two innovative metal forming techniques could have a significant impact on the press shop of the future

  • GOM_ATOS-5x_SB-8360_BIW-inspection_out-of-SB
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    The need for speed

    2019-01-04T11:47:00Z

    Faster measurement times and precise data quality are the result of GOM’s new generation of 3D scanners Measurement technology is currently in a state of transformation. Many of today’s metrology workflows are obsolete for modern production metrology. In the past, the typical metrology setup was a CMM integrated in ...

  • Assembly A8 at the Neckarsulm site
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    New chapter, different story?

    2019-01-02T15:42:00Z

    International expansion continues but, as Ian Henry reports, Audi’s long-term role within the VW Group is now under scrutiny Audi is expanding globally, notably in China, as it seeks to escape from its recent controversial past. Having been complicit in the diesel scandal affecting Volkswagen Group, it has been ...

  • JBT AGV_
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    AGVs drive industry revolution

    2018-11-28T10:42:00Z

    JBT is working with automotive manufacturers to offer a range of a provider of automated guided vehicle solutions, in line with the transformation to Industry 4.0 Automotive manufacturers have become experts on automation. However, from the vantage point of automation suppliers, the needs of their automotive clients are ...

  • Aston Martin Gaydon 2
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    Lap of luxury

    2018-11-19T16:35:00Z

    Its history and heritage may be strong but Aston Martin’s focus is firmly fixed on the future A proud claim of Aston Martin is that of all the cars the company has ever built in its 105 year history, 95% of them are still on the road. As a ...

  • Alpine A110 Dieppe
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    Alpine scales new heights

    2018-10-26T16:19:36Z

    One of the most interesting plant revivals in the last 12 months has been Renault’s overhaul of its factory in Dieppe, which now builds the A110 sports car. Nick Gibbs reports This is the home of Alpine, the revived sporting brand that Renault may or may not expand to become ...

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    Time for an upgrade

    2018-09-12T12:57:32Z

    As Toyota shapes up its global manufacturing network to build the new vehicle platform, Nick Holt visits the OEM’s Valenciennes facility to see the progress being made To meet the challenge of rapidly changing markets and segment volatility, the development and adoption of common, modular vehicle platforms is now a ...

  • Cleveland DTNA
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    Spoilt for choice

    2018-08-24T11:19:00Z

    Eight different models are made at DTNA’s Cleveland plant, and a high level of customisation means that thousands of options are available to customers. Michael Nash reports

  • Ford rouge ext
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    Rouge alert

    2018-08-23T16:12:00Z

    It’s been part of Ford real estate for more than a century but, as Gareth Price discovers, the historic Rouge Center houses a truck plant shaped for modern times

  • The 2019 XT4
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    The X Factor

    2018-08-23T15:09:45Z

    As GM Fairfax gears up to build the new Cadillac XT4 alongside the existing Chevy Malibu sedan, Gareth Price travels to Kansas City to speaks to plant manager Bill Kulhanek about the new era What sort of preparations have you had to make for the new process? Have there been ...

  • 4th generation A-class at Valmet Automotive
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    4th gen A-Class at Valmet Automotive

    2018-07-10T18:05:59Z

    Finland – Having built the previous A-Class generation, the Finnish contract manufacturer said that only limited changes were needed at its Uusikaupunki plant to produce the new A-Class. The bodyshop has seen the most upgrades, where all manual workstations are now automated, increasing the number of body shop robots to ...

  • Ford Otosan Inonu Powertrain crop
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    Jack of all trades

    2018-07-05T16:18:42Z

    Ford Otosan’s Inönü plant houses an unusual production mix, and is taking on more projects. Michael Nash investigates Inönü is a small, sleepy town in north-west Turkey. The nearest city, Eskisehir, is a 40-minute drive away and is populated by young students who attend its two universities. Aside from an ...

  • Transit production at Golcuk
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    Collective thinking

    2018-07-05T14:57:00Z

    Closer collaboration between product development and production teams could lead to significant improvements in vehicle manufacturing processes. Ford Otosan holds a unique position. Michael Nash reports The scenery in Turkey is full of surprises. A quick car journey can lead to towering mountains, pristine beaches and lush forests, while ...

  • Schaefer Full Flex Plant opening Hungary
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    First 'Full Flex' factory build underway

    2018-06-08T16:46:39Z

    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 ...

  • Pre-production of the new Volvo S90 in the Daqing manufacturing plant
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    A global future

    2018-05-29T10:29:38Z

    Now Chinese-owned Volvo enters its tenth decade looking stronger than ever. Ian Henry reports Ford had owned Swedish carmaker since 1999, but had never been able to integrate it into the rest of its operations. Nonetheless, when Geely bought Volvo it found a company full of new ideas and plans ...

  • Pre-production of the new Volvo XC40 in the manufacturing plant in Ghent
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    Volvo Cars increases XC40 capacity

    2018-05-25T16:13:14Z

    Sweden - Around 80,000 orders have been made for the XC40 since it was launched in late 2017. As a result, the OEM has announced it will expand production of the model, which is the first to be based on its compact modular architecture (CMA), at its Ghent manufacturing plant ...

  • BMW 1 Series paintshop
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    BMW starts Leipzig extension

    2018-05-24T10:09:34Z

    Germany - The OEM revealed its intension to expand the plant back in July 2017 . It originally said the cost would total around €200m (US$234.82m), but has revised that figure to €300m. Construction work has started to extend and update both the bodyshop and paintshop. 500 new robots ...

  • Ford Starts European Production of the New EcoSport SUV in Romania to Meet Growing Customer Demand
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    Ford invests in Craiova plant

    2018-05-22T13:04:38Z

    Romania - The OEM has confirmed it is spending €200m (US$236.17m) to ready its Craiova plant for the production of a second vehicle, the name of which will be confirmed closer to launch. It will be built alongside the EcoSport small SUV and the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. "This new investment ...

  • Volvo Cars XC60 production
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    SPA in the DNA

    2018-05-14T11:19:46Z

    Rising global demand for Volvo vehicles and the arrival of models using the SPA platform is having a considerable impact on the company’s Torslanda plant. Michael Nash investigates As they typically employ thousands of people, mass-market vehicle production plants often have a significant influence on local and indeed national economies. ...

  • BMW i8 Roadster line
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    Integrating i vehicles

    2018-05-10T12:02:38Z

    Separate production lines are used to build conventionally powered vehicles and the electrified i models at BMW Leipzig, but this could soon change A gulf remains between electric vehicles (EVs)and those that are powered solely by internal combustion engines (ICEs). This is evident in consumer demand, in range, in cost ...