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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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Digital twins: Making more of the data

2021-10-11T18:22:00+01:00By Richard Gotch

Developments in data management are making digital tools that will support closer cooperation between vehicle engineering and manufacturing operations

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Robert Engelthorn replaces Knudt Flor as president of BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg

2021-09-08T07:49:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

BMW Manufacturing in the US has appointed Dr Robert Engelthorn as its new president and CEO, replacing Knudt Flor who has retired, overseeing BMW’s largest global production plant.

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BMW expands plant in Mexico to build 2 Series Coupé

2021-09-06T19:35:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

The 2 Series Coupé will be produced exclusively in Mexico for the global market. The plant has seen further investments of $125 million over the last 2 years, which has expanded its operations significantly.

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Cost and opportunity: experts unveil the contradictions at the core of lightweighting EVs

2021-08-09T16:10:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Lightweighting has become one of the most important features when it comes to designing EVs. As calls for more sustainable production practices become louder, creators are looking at new innovative ways to lighten the load.

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EV battery supply chains on the move

2021-06-08T13:34:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet, Daniel Harrison

As electric vehicles become serious business for OEMs, they are reassessing their battery supply and manufacturing bases, putting their eggs in multiple baskets and taking more control of the process.

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Electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle plant database

2021-06-03T18:10:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Track factory locations for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles by manufacturer, model and location.

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OEM and lithium-ion battery cell supplier database

2021-06-03T18:09:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Keep up with changing supplier relationships between electric vehicle manufacturers and battery cell suppliers in this database.

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Electric vehicle battery supply chain analysis 2021: How lithium-ion battery demand and production are reshaping the automotive industry

2021-06-03T18:08:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Download this report for forecasts of lithium-ion battery demand, analysis of battery cell factories and insight on EV battery manufacturing and sourcing. 

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AMS Factory of the future 2021 – Redefining the production line

2021-05-18T13:26:00+01:00By AMS

Flexibility is a key factor in enabling OEMs produce the growing number of electric vehicle variants. Our latest digital edition focuses on how and where OEMs are employing the latest digital technologies in AR, VR and AI to develop networked factories, with shared tooling and data, and cellular production stations. This issue features insights from Honda, Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Epic Games and more

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

2021-05-04T10:25:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

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

2021-03-15T19:57:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

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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BMW to construct new US training centre at Spartanburg

2021-02-23T10:22:00+00:00By AMS

The OEM has broken ground on the new 67,000 sq. ft. building at its South Carolina manufacturing site

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AI and automation in automotive production need people and quality data to succeed

2020-12-23T16:19:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Experts from BMW, Ford, Symbio Robotics and Cosmo Tech discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in automotive production need fast ramp-up times and adoption by employees to succeed. High-quality data and use of simulation are also key.

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AMS Winter 2020 – Supporting production through automation and AI

2020-12-21T16:20:00+00:00By AMS

The latest AMS edition is out with a special focus on automation opportunities, including for artificial intelligence and cobots. The issue features in-depth insight on robotics and new processes, with interviews featuring BMW, Fraunhofer, Drishti and many more.

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Watch: Supporting production through automation – from AI to cobots (EP.2)

2020-12-18T09:10:00+00:00By AMS

This Livestream Hour episode discusses how automation and AI can support automotive manufacturing with technology leaders from BMW and Ford, together with systems and software specialists.

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Integrating robotics and electric powertrains in BMW production

2020-12-14T15:01:00+00:00By Mark Smyth

BMW is on an EV offensive and is taking the opportunity to revamp its plants with automation and digital twins. Mark Smyth spoke to the global boss of production, Milan Nedeljković, about the challenges and opportunities

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The human side of artificial intelligence

2020-12-07T15:39:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

The robots are coming, and we should all be welcoming them, according to BMW, which has a plan to introduce AI to its factories, starting from grassroots initiatives. Report by Illya Verpraet

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AMS Environment and Sustainability 2020 – Greener production, battery recycling, decarbonising materials and more

2020-11-24T11:49:00+00:00By AMS

For the automotive industry environmental sustainability is not just important for the vehicles they produce, it is also a key factor in the production process. This edition of AMS takes a close look at sustainable production, utilising recycled materials and renewable energy sources

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Can UK manufacturing keep up with a 2030 ban on new ICE vehicle sales?

2020-11-23T11:46:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

The UK government has announced it is bringing forward its plans to phase out the sale of new cars and vans powered by internal combustion engines. Daniel Harrison, automotive analyst at Ultima Media, examines how realistic that is and whether supply chains are ready to produce enough electric vehicles and batteries.

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