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AMS Autumn 2022 – Turning virtual into a reality

2022-09-22T16:46:00+01:00By AMS

The latest AMS digital edition details how digital tools are playing an increasingly important role in planning and improving production processes, featuring in-depth features on BMW, Audi, Skoda, Ford and more.

Mobile 3D laser scanners will be used to create photorealistic panoramic images, floor plans and scatter plots for all BMW Group vehicle plants, by early 2023

BMW Digitalisation – Virtual becomes a reality

2022-09-15T17:28:00+01:00By Mike Farish

BMW using digital twins to simulate production for new plants and upgrades for existing facilities

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BMW to use round battery cells in future EVs, cutting costs by close to half

2022-09-13T14:31:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Developments in the new generation of cells include higher energy density, faster charging and lower CO2 in manufacture as well as lower cost.

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​BMW intensifies battery component production at Leipzig after farewell to i3

2022-08-03T14:40:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

The new line marks a further incremental step towards BMW Group’s target of switching half its annual sales to EVs by 2030.

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Automotive battery manufacturing and supply chain 2022: Risks, regulation and resiliency

2022-07-28T13:15:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

The latest AMS battery report forecasts production capacity, analyses suppliers and materials, and shows why OEMs and suppliers are forging new partnerships

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AMS Summer 2022 – BMW prepares for Neue Klasse EV platform

2022-07-08T15:06:00+01:00By AMS

The latest AMS digital edition details how battery, EV and digital production processes are reshaping automotive manufacturing, featuring in-depth features on BMW, Tata, ZF, Britishvolt, Ford, Bentley and more.

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BMW is 3D scanning all production plants to plan operations virtually

2022-06-23T16:00:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

The 3D scans are the first step in producing digital models of all BMW plants worldwide to streamline the planning of production processes.

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BMW to develop and produce e-drives in Steyr, Austria plant from 2025

2022-06-21T10:15:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

BMW will develop and produce its next generation of e-drives in Steyr, making around 600,000 units a year.

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Watch: The AI/data loop leading the digital revolution

2022-05-23T19:18:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Tomorrow’s digital smart factories will be more efficent, improve quality, cut costs and unlock insights into deeper automotive manufacturing say this panel of experts from BMW, Secondmind, ATS Global and Lancaster University.

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Day 1 Wrap Up: Learning to dredge the data lakes

2022-05-18T19:09:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

First day speakers at the Automotive Manufacturing Solutions summit brought expertise from multiple corners of car making but found common ground in how digital technology is infiltrating workflows more and more.

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Watch: Preparing BMW’s Plant Munich for a new class of EV manufacturing

2022-05-17T12:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Plant Director Peter Weber demonstrates how BMW is revamping production in Munich ahead of a new EV architecture with a walk through the factory.

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BMW plant director Weber says flexibility key in Munich overhaul for EV platform

2022-05-17T12:20:00+01:00By Peter Murphy, Christopher Ludwig

An agile approach has enabled BMW to revamp its downtown Munich factory in anticipation of a new EV architecture without halting production lines, Peter Weber tells the AMS Automotive Evolution Summit.

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Century-old BMW Munich factory transforms to embrace EVs

2022-05-12T11:56:00+01:00By Peter Murphy, Christopher Ludwig

Revamp of Plant Munich puts BMW’s flexibility ethos to the test with building construction and car production happening side-by-side

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BMW Landshut is now using new multi-plate die casting technology

2022-04-12T10:21:00+01:00By AMS

The light metal foundry at the BMW components plant in Landshut is using multi-plate die casting technology, which offers function-optimised component design and design of the required sprue positions and flow paths

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European automotive manufacturing in an age of disruption

2022-04-04T11:21:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

European automotive production is in a state of flux and continued disruption. The accumulative impact of continuing coronavirus-related problems, the prominence of Asian productivity, and now war threatens to cause further damage to automotive manufacturing, Jason Dunn reports.

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BMW to invest $200m in new South Carolina press shop

2022-03-07T14:31:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

US BMW manufacturing CEO Dr Robert Engelhorn announced that the company would invest more than $200m to build a 219,000 sq. ft press shop at its South Carolina plant.

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Where the Catena-X automotive cloud stands

2022-02-24T23:47:00+00:00By Claas Alexander Stroh

The vehicle cloud Catena-X intended to provide a more integrated network for automakers and suppliers. In reality, standalone solutions have prevailed so far and made the task of networking the entire auto industry even more strenuous.

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BMW expands sources of low-carbon steel to advance 2030 sustainability goals

2022-02-08T12:12:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

The BMW Group has signed a corresponding agreement with Salzgitter AG to deliver low-carbon steel.

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AMS Paintshop 2022 – Paint it Green

2022-01-07T11:34:00+00:00By AMS

In this edition we get insights into how OEMs are adapting and developing their paintshop operations and processes to meet the need for more efficient and sustainable production, as well as insight into scaling up battery production

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BMW’s Munich plant adapted for EV manufacturing

2021-10-26T11:55:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

The first series-produced BMW i4 has rolled off the line at the OEM’s Munich plant in the first step in the German carmaker’s goal to turn at least half of its output into electrified vehicles by 2023.

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