Factory Closures and Consolidation

The latest in automotive factory closures, consolidation and footprint reduction.

Factory Closures and Consolidation

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The changing shape of Europe’s automotive production operations


European vehicle manufacturing is having to adapt to weakening EV demand and increasing competition. 

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Reshaping the future: Developments in automotive production engineering


A picture of the fast-paced world of automotive production engineering as it navigates the transition to electric vehicles and digitalisation


Tata Steel to close two blast furnaces in Port Talbot causing major setback to regional automotive production


The closures are to have a significant impact on the automotive production environment and supply chains across the region. Is the transition to green steel upsetting traditional ecosystems?

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GM pauses production of trucks due to parts shortage


The production pauses come at an already challenging time for GM due to recent union negotiations. 

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Honda announces next steps in US EV production


The Marysville Auto Plant will be Honda’s first auto plant in the US to transition to making EVs

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Europe’s carmakers dim lights, turn back to coal, oil, on approach to bleak winter


Automakers crimp energy use and reluctantly turn to coal and oil but options may be more limited for component and material suppliers upstream.


Factories in China’s Sichuan province forced to close for six days amid power shortage


Plants in China’s Sichuan province, including those run by Toyota and Foxconn, have been told to suspend operations amid electricity shortages

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UK car production hits record low in October while EV and commercial sales accelerate


New car production in the UK fell by 41.4% last month to its lowest October level in 65 years amid ongoing semiconductor chip shortages and plant closures, according to the latest report from the trade industry body.

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British car manufacturing recovery hampered by ‘pingdemic’ and chip shortages


UK vehicle production and exports are rising from pandemic lows, but the sector facing serious challenges in supply chain bottlenecks and labour shortages because of the need to self-isolate.

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Driving home the reality of global market changes: Honda Swindon factory closes


Honda has closed its Swindon, UK plant, as it ends European production. The carmaker is focusing electric vehicle investment and scale in Asia, and is a sign of how electrification could reshape manufacturing footprints.

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How the European automotive industry aims to build back semiconductor and chip supply


OEMs, suppliers and EU officials are considering how best to develop Europe’s semiconductor manufacturing to mitigate current and future shortages, but the broad gaps at many levels – including for older, larger chips – mean there will be no magic bullet

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Carmakers pledge to switch to all-electric vehicles


The wave of electrification is slowly turning into a tsunami, in Europe at least. Illya Verpraet takes a look at some of the big manufacturing plans in 2021

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Carmakers forced to extend shutdowns because of microchip shortage


Ford and GM have been forced to extend assembly plant closures because of a shortage in the supply of semiconductors, a problem that continues to disrupt vehicle production globally.


Ford Europe invests $1 billion in Cologne for EV production


After JLR, Ford has also announced that all its vehicles for sale in Europe will be pure-electric by 2030. It is investing $1 billion in its Cologne (Köln) plant to make that a reality. This move will be supported by the sharing of the VW Group’s MEB electric vehicle platform.

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


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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Renault assembly network future under review as management announce cost-saving programme


Renault has launched a business transformation plan which includes a 18% cut in production capacity 


Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 6 – Aftermarket and Service Parts: Keeping the wheels moving


In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the pandemic’s potential impact on aftersales supply and the aftermarket, including the long-term effects on supply chains and what this means for managing inventory. With special guests from Toyota North America, LKQ Europe and CLEPA. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig. 


Coronavirus pandemic could force consolidation amongst automotive suppliers


The Covid-19 pandemic will exact a heavy toll on automotive manufacturers and suppliers, who will face mounting financial losses and growing debt. Some may not survive, at least in their current form or without further government bailouts. Such financial fallout, and the need for companies to reduce costs and consolidate investments, could prompt more consolidation at all levels of the automotive industry in the coming years.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 3 – India Automotive Supply Chain in Focus


The Livestream Hour features intelligence and updates on important automotive value chain developments, Covid-19-related topics and best practice featuring special guests and experts, as well as behind-the-headlines INSIGHT from our editors and analysts at Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Automotive Logistics and Car Design News. In Episode 3, we explore the global export, supply chain and logistics challenges and opportunities in India together with ACMA, Sona Group Meritor, JK Fenner and other major suppliers.


Dziczek: After the pandemic, restoring component supply and customer demand will form the next hurdles


In the second of Ultima Media’s new Livestream webinars, editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig was joined by Kristin Dziczek, vice-president of the US Center for Automotive Research (CAR), to talk about a range of issues facing the global automotive manufacturing and supply chain, and what it means for the US market… 

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