Factory expansion

The latest in automotive factory investment, new plants and new facilities.

Factory Expansion

Among other things, another shift is to be introduced in the autumn for the ramp-up of the Mini Countryman at the BMW plant in Leipzig. (Image- BMW)

BMW is preparing for a three-shift operation at its Leipzig plant for Mini Countryman

2024-02-14T17:31:00+00:00By AMS

BMW Leipzig plant pauses car production to prepare for the fully electric Mini Countryman, signaling a major production expansion shift.


Toyota adds battery electric vehicle production to Kentucky

2024-02-13T15:28:00+00:00By Nick Holt

The $1.3billion investment at the Kentucky will support assembly of an all-new, three row battery electric SUV for the US market

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ACC raises €4.4 billion for three gigafactories in Europe

2024-02-12T13:09:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

Europe is becoming an increasingly popular region for battery manufacturing, with ACC, CATL, Northvolt and Farasis setting up production facilities across the continent. 

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GKN Automotive – Embedding sustainability in the business

2024-02-09T12:14:00+00:00By Nick Holt

GKN Automotive’s director of sustainability, Tom Salisbury discusses the importance of Science Based Targets, managing supply chains and the need to embed sustainability throughout the organisation.

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JLR – Putting sustainability at the centre of its strategy

2024-02-08T14:25:00+00:00By Nick Holt

JLR’s manufacturing sustainability transformation lead, Garrett Bell, shares some insights in how the business is reducing its carbon footprint across its operations


LEVC starts production of its new L380 MPV

2024-02-06T15:41:00+00:00By Nick Holt

The prototype of LEVC’s first fully electric model based on its new Space Oriented Architecture (SOA) has rolled off the assembly line in Yiwu, China

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Porsche launches all-electric Macan

2024-02-05T18:16:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

 Porsche will build its first Porsche models on the PPE platform at its factory in Leipzig, Germany.

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How Farasis will bridge the battery gap in Europe

2024-01-30T13:23:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Farasis has appointed Marcel Brömlage to lead its European division and support the growth of its Siro joint venture gigafactory in Turkey, where it expects to produce battery cells by 2026.


Antolin expands its production footprint in Asia with a new plant in India

2024-01-29T17:44:00+00:00By Nick Holt

The new plant will produce lighting, HMI systems and electronics for leading automotive manufacturers in the Indian market.


BYD – Aiming for the top

2024-01-25T16:35:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Ian Henry of AutoAnalysis looks at how BYD could become a major player in Europe within the next few years

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AMS & ABB Automotive Manufacturing Outlook Survey 2023 results: A positive outlook despite evolving challenges

2024-01-22T17:21:00+00:00By AMS

Download the latest global survey results to gain expert insight into automotive manufacturing trends, gauge the current sentiment across the automotive sector and learn about the broader industry outlook for 2024 and beyond.


Tata’s TPEM launches first Tata-branded vehicle at new Gujarat facility

2024-01-15T16:55:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Tata Passenger Electric Mobility (TPEM) has launched its parent company - Tata’s, first ever own-brand vehicle to mark the inauguration and opening of TPEM’s new vehicle production facility in Sanand, Gujarat, with clear indication of growth in the region.

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Design and manufacturing integration, digitalisation key to cost and sustainability gains for BMW’s Neue Klasse

2024-01-12T01:03:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

To realise large cost and emission savings on its EV architecture, BMW is redesigning vehicles and manufacturing in parallel, and rolling out rapid digital solutions.


A class of its own: transforming BMW production for next-gen EVs

2024-01-12T00:27:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

BMW’s home plant will produce only EVs by 2027, with much of the century-old factory rebuilt to meet new levels of efficiency and digitalisation, without missing a beat of ongoing production.

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India’s Suzuki Maruti to launch second automotive production plant in Gujarat at $4.2bn

2024-01-10T16:47:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Maruti Suzuki, Subsidiary of Japanese parent OEM Suzuki and leading carmaker in India, is set to build its second automotive manufacturing plant in Gujarat, investing $4.2 billion to increase production capacity by 167%. The company also plans to roll out its first electric vehicle from the same plant by the end of 2024, and is gearing up to meet rising regional and inter-regional demand for both ICEs and EVs.


BYD to establish passenger car production in Europe

2024-01-03T16:16:00+00:00By Nick Holt

BYD has chosen Szeged, Hungary as the location for its first passenger car production facility in Europe

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AMS Winter 2023/24 – BMW’s battery boost

2023-12-20T10:10:00+00:00By AMS

BMW is aiming to achieve ‘expertise in every cell’ of its generation six batteries

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Simultaneous engineering – accelerating production line design, development and commissioning

2023-12-15T17:40:00+00:00By Nick Holt

The transition to electric vehicles has increased pressure on speeding product development and starting production operations

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How battery and electric motors and EVs are reshaping the European automotive supply chain

2023-12-12T15:37:00+00:00By Ian Henry

How major automakers adapt to the EV surge, transforming manufacturing and supply chains. Delve into the strategic shifts at Ford, JLR, and Volkswagen, the rise of Chinese suppliers, and the regulatory forces reshaping the automotive landscape. Join us on a concise journey through Europe’s electrifying automotive future

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Nissan announces third gigafactory in UK for EV models

2023-11-28T12:18:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

The carmaker will make three EV models - the Qashqai and JUKE crossovers and its next-generation LEAF - at its EV36Zero hub in Sunderland. 

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