Factory expansion

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

Factory Expansion

Hyundai & GM sign Asset Purchasing Agreement (APA) for Taleagon plant

Analysis: Hyundai’s plan to acquire GM India’s plant will boost market share and EV capacity

2023-08-24T09:23:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Hyundai’s acquisition of GM India’s Talegaon plant signals intent to boost Indian manufacturing and further accelerate EV production plans.

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BMW’s aspirations to the X degree in Spartanburg: Special series

2023-08-15T07:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

As the carmaker prepares for EV production in the US, leaders in manufacturing, battery, logistics and training outline BMW’s ambitions in the region.


Master of complexity in Spartanburg

2023-08-15T07:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

 Dr Robert Engelhorn is leading transformation of BMW’s Plant Spartanburg for EVs whilst ensuring manufacturing remains flexible in managing vehicle variations.

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Ford restarts electric F-150 Lightning production in Dearborn following retooling and expansion

2023-08-07T16:21:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

The OEM has retooled its Rouge Electric Vehicle Center to build 150,000 units per year at, and is increasing manufacturing capabilities to produce more trim options.

Volkswagen makes its way deeper into the China EV market

VW and Audi strengthen partnership with SAIC and Xpeng to expand EV production and development in China for China strategy

2023-08-04T12:06:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Volkswagen invests $700m in Xpeng and will partner on tech and platform, while Audi expands partnership with SAIC and will produce vehicles on one of its platforms.

As one of the first suppliers to join the network, Magna will be a major contributor towards the electrification project and said it expected to employ 1,300 people across its plants.

Magna to invest $790m to build three new factories for Ford battery enclosures in EV production push

2023-08-01T12:30:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

The company will be on the of the first to join the supplier network park at Ford’s Blue Oval City complex and expects to employ 1,300 people expanding its EV-focused footprint.

Milan Nedeljković, Member of the Board of Management at BMW, responsible for Production

BMW begins production of its fully-electric i5 model at Dingolfing plant

2023-07-27T08:21:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Phasing into the EV market, the i5 hits production lines at BMW’s largest European plant, expected to cover 40% of the OEM’s total EV output by 2024


VW to make Spain an electric vehicle hub

2023-07-25T15:24:00+01:00By Werner Beutnagel, Nick Holt

The VW Group is building new battery production capacities in Valencia and at the Seat headquarters in Martorell to support further electric vehicle production in the region


India’s light vehicle demand is rising again, and so is manufacturing investment

2023-07-20T16:14:00+01:00By Ian Henry

India has long been seen as the next big thing in automotive manufacturing. Will new investment help it realise its potential?

JLR PHEV battery loaded onto assembly line at Halewood plant

Tata invests £4bn in UK battery cell gigafactory to supply JLR as anchor client

2023-07-19T12:23:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

Tata Group has formed a new subsidiary known as Agratas for its global battery business, and this plant in Somerset, England will be its first venture.

Kia's EV9 SUV is set to be assembled in Georgia West Point plant

Kia plans $200m expansion at Georgia plant for assembly of EV9 SUV

2023-07-17T17:01:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

Kia is investing in its Georgia West Point plant to assemble its new EV SUV. 

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A culture of quick decisions for Mercedes-Benz production

2023-06-22T02:02:00+01:00By Pascal Nagel

Mercedes-Benz production chief Jörg Burzer explains how it has reorganised its production for EVs, while speeding up the rollout of digital tools. 

Tesla and Panasonic's gigafactory in Reno, Nevada

Panasonic to grow battery production by 10% at Tesla Nevada gigafactory

2023-06-07T15:11:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

Panasonic is going to increase the production of batteries for electric vehivles (EVs) at its Nevada gigafactory, a joint venture with Tesla, in the next three years.

Gestamp Michigan R&D Center

Form and function: Developing production processes and structures for electric vehicle architectures

2023-04-25T10:18:00+01:00By Nick Holt, Christopher Ludwig

The new electric vehicle architectures are also continuing to evolve as vehicle makers strive to find the optimum balance between platform flexibility, while also being viable for high-volume production. To get some insights in to this ongoing process AMS spoke with Paul Belanger, Gestamp’s R&D Director for North America


Developing EV architectures optimised for manufacturing

2023-04-17T18:06:00+01:00By Nick Holt

There’s more to electrification than batteries. We look at some of the developments and trends in designing and manufacturing electric vehicle platforms ahead our exclusive livestream featuring Gestamp and ArcelorMittal

BMW Brilliance Automotive plant Lydia, China

China: European, US and Japanese Vehicle Manufacturers rebalance production and supply chains

2023-03-28T10:00:00+01:00By Ian Henry

AMS looks at the changing role of the Chinese operations of European and other long established brands’ operations in China and their changing roles in the global auto sector

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Special series: Digitalising manufacturing engineering at Audi

2023-03-07T12:28:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Jörg Spindler is leading Audi’s push to virtualise production planning, ramp up battery production and use data to reduce emissions and improve productivity in areas like toolmaking and body shop

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Tesla to build new factory in Mexico

2023-03-02T15:57:00+00:00By Rebecca Morley

The company, which also has factories in the US, Germany and China, has chosen the northern border state of Nuevo Leon for the plant

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CATL: A rising power in European EV battery production

2022-11-24T21:04:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Matthias Zentgraf, president of Europe for China’s CATL, is tasked with localising battery cell production in Europe and meeting new technology requirements. He speaks to AMS ahead of joining a panel on battery cell production at the AMS Automotive Evolution Europe Summit in Munich

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Volvo to open climate-neutral EV-only car factory in Slovakia in 2026

2022-07-04T15:15:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Slovakia’s prime minister said the investment marked the start of a second Slovakian auto-making hub which it has been preparing for, this time in its eastern region.

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