All Bodyshop articles – Page 5

  • Porsche Leipzig GmbH
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    Principled reasoning

    2017-01-06T15:10:13Z

    Investing €500m to expand its operation at Leipzig means that, for the first time, Porsche can take three models on a single route through identical stations Since production of the Macan began in 2014, Porsche Leipzig has operated as a fully-fledged production facility with a modern paintshop and a dedicated ...

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    Metrology meets automation

    2017-01-05T11:41:38Z

    Portable systems have made high-accuracy measurement possible across all plant areas – the next step in this evolution is the integration of metrology with automation In years past, automotive manufacturers have been forced to choose between very different paradigms in the search to improve the quality, shorten design-to-launch times ...

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    Ploys against noise

    2017-01-03T16:21:14Z

    Following a joint project with Henkel, BMW is piloting a new generation of sustainable, lighter, liquid-applied sound deadening materials for series production Wind whistle and engine sounds work against the quiet enjoyment that OEMs seek to provide for drivers and passengers. Noise-Vibration-Harshness (NVH) materials placed onto the vehicle BIW structures ...

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    Fastening future

    2016-11-09T15:46:11Z

    Following the lead of their automotive customers, fastening technology specialists are responding to industry demands to find innovation in weight, strength and performance As OEMs develop lightweight construction and optimised materials, the challenge for fastening specialists is to provide solutions as small, light and adaptable ideas without compromising on strength. ...

  • Ford Rouge
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    Ford Rouge becomes landfill-free

    2016-11-03T11:48:21Z

    US – The six facilities at Ford’s Dearborn site in Michigan have joined 68 others worldwide which send zero manufacturing waste to landfill. It is the OEM’s largest landfill-free complex and will save 14m pounds of waste per year. “With 16m sq.ft of factory floor space and approximately 7,000 ...

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    Porsche workforce continues to grow

    2016-10-28T16:24:14Z

    Figures released by Porsche show that the company has increased its workforce by 13% in the past 12 months. The Stuttgart-based car maker says that after nine months of 2016, its team has expanded to 27,115 employees. It’s the latest announcement on a trend which has seen Porsche’s employee headcount ...

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    At the head of the convoy

    2016-10-28T15:54:55Z

    Mercedes-Benz’s largest truck plant is piloting new production technologies and transitioning into the lead manufacturing facility for heavy commercial vehicles Gerald Jank, head of Wörth plant and production at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, has much to say about the challenges of producing a huge variety of models in series production while also ...

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    Colour code

    2016-10-28T15:35:35Z

    The north corner of Audi’s vast Ingolstadt plant has been transformed into a three-storey, environmental and ergonomic exemplar of the automotive paintshop Handling more than 650 car bodies a day, operations at Audi’s new paintshop at Ingolstadt, Germany, are shared across approximately 200 employees in a three-shift rotation, supported by ...

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    Fastening future

    2016-10-14T14:27:36Z

    Following the lead of their automotive customers, fastening technology specialists are responding to industry demands to find innovation in weight, strength and performance As OEMs develop lightweight construction and optimised materials, the challenge for fastening specialists is to provide solutions as small, light and adaptable ideas without compromising on strength. ...

  • VW Puebla
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    Revitalising a veteran

    2016-10-11T13:36:54Z

    VW has been making vehicles at Puebla in Mexico since 1967, but a $1.7 billion investment has added new facilities for the Golf 7 and long-wheelbase Tiguan. AMS takes a look at a vast but still expanding footprint The automotive industry is a prime example of globalisation; major manufacturers ...

  • Mazda Salamanca
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    Mazda: Growing in Guanajuato

    2016-10-11T10:00:56Z

    AMS gives an update on the OEM's recently opened plant at Salamanca, Mexico – its first in North America In January 2014, Mazda joined the flood of vehicle-makers arriving in Mexico by opening a new plant in Salamanca, Guanajuato – its first independent production site in North America. The ...

  • Alfons Dintner, Audi
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    Interview: Alfons Dintner, Audi

    2016-10-10T16:11:06Z

    The company's CEO for Mexico explains how it became the first premium brand with a plant in the country Joanne Perry (JP): San José Chiapa is Audi’s first factory in Mexico – and North America. Can you elaborate on its significance? Alfons Dintner (AD): This plant is a major building ...

  • A2, Nissan
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    Nissan heads in a new direction

    2016-10-10T14:17:14Z

    The OEM has been manufacturing vehicles in Mexico since 1966 but the new COMPAS collaboration with Daimler will add premium cars to the line-up by next year. AMS went to check on the progress so far The rush among carmakers to set up a manufacturing base in Mexico ...

  • Kia Pesqueria
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    Kia's brave new world

    2016-10-10T10:34:09Z

    The South Korean OEM has just opened a state-of-the-art factory at Pesquería in Mexico, but political problems are preventing this first Latin American manufacturing base from reaching its full potential A sun-scorched hilltop in Monterrey provides the perfect view of Kia Motors’ first Latin American factory: a gleaming white ...

  • Audi San Jose Chiapa
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    Audi inaugurates San Jose Chiapa plant

    2016-09-30T15:33:52Z

    Mexico – The factory in the south-central state of Puebla will produce the Q5 SUV for all global markets except China, with an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles. Audi’s investment in the site exceeds €1 billion ($1.1 billion) and has enabled it to become the first premium carmaker with manufacturing ...

  • BMW Dingolfing
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    BMW Dingolfing prepares for 5 Series

    2016-09-15T18:35:13Z

    Germany – Production of the seventh-generation vehicle will ramp up by the end of the year, ahead of a market launch in early 2017. An investment of several hundred million euros has enabled the refurbishment of the plant and the construction of additional facilities, including the adaptation of drivetrain installation ...

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    Skid-free flexibility

    2016-08-15T16:11:26Z

    With the energy savings it brings, the skidless paintshop is proving to be a popular idea There are some real heavyweights on the move inside automotive manufacturers’ production facilities: 200kg skids transfer 300kg vehicle bodies from the bodyshop to pretreatment, and on through the entire paintshop. Over 1,200 conveyor components ...

  • Kia Pesqueria
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    Travel blog: The final frontier with Kia in Pesquería

    2016-08-07T22:33:57Z

    And for my next mission... Mars! Or Monterrey in Nuevo Le ó n, which is similarly arid but uncomfortably hotter. At least I have the benefit of oxygen as I journey to Kia's new factory at Pesquer í a. I'd heard that Kia had been experiencing problems (Houston!) with this ...

  • Toyota Kirloskar Motor
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    Exercise in efficiency

    2016-07-28T10:21:34Z

    Toyota’s famed philosophy of constant improvement is well represented at its plant near Bengaluru It’s a given that all automotive manufacturing plants are continuously monitoring costs and efficiency, but at Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s (TKM) Bidadi plant there has been a real sense of urgency revealed in the detail of the ...

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    Exercise in efficiency

    2016-07-28T10:21:34Z

    Toyota’s famed philosophy of constant improvement is well represented at its plant near Bengaluru It’s a given that all automotive manufacturing plants are continuously monitoring costs and efficiency, but at Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s (TKM) Bidadi plant there has been a real sense of urgency revealed in the detail of the ...