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MINI’s first all-electric model is fully integrated into the production process at Oxford, running down the same line as the combust

EV Mini production milestone

2020-08-03T15:12:00+01:00By Nick Holt

More than 11,000 Mini Electrics have been built at the Oxford plant since production began. The Mini Electric is the second electrified Mini in the model line-up, joining the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid

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AMS Summer 2020

2020-07-08T15:36:00+01:00

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BMW shapes up its 3D printing prowess

2020-07-01T14:57:00+01:00By Gareth Price

A new technology campus for additive manufacturing comes on stream in Munich

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People get ready: recruitment and retention in a complex automotive industry

2020-04-20T16:22:00+01:00By Andrew Williams

With contributions from Volkswagen, Toyota, BMW and Audi, AMS looks at some of the strategies OEMs are using to attract and retain employees with the skills needed to work in modern digitalised workplaces – and to adapt to cutting-edge developments in hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicles …

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Zipse blog sets out BMW’s response to the coronavirus crisis

2020-04-03T14:59:00+01:00By Gareth Price

As China operations resume, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse sets out the action areas to steer the company’s global production through the crisis …

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Calling stop on automotive supply chains: How long can companies survive the Covid-19 crisis?

2020-03-20T13:49:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

With the coronavirus pandemic causing a level of automotive plant shutdowns not seen since the second world war, suppliers and logistics providers will face failures without direct support from government, and close collaboration with OEMs and industry.

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Coronavirus: how the OEMs are responding

2020-03-05T14:31:00+00:00By Gareth Price, Marcus Williams

As coronavirus measures continue to affect vehicle production, AMS spoke to Renault, Toyota, PSA, BMW, Nissan, Volkswagen and Honda on how they are keeping assembly lines moving

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AMS on Africa: Part 3 – Game plan for South Africa

2020-02-11T09:42:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Despite competition elsewhere in the continent, South Africa retains its key place among global manufacturing strategies

BMW Dingolfing expands production of electric powertrain components

Dingolfing expands production of electric powertrain components

2020-02-06T12:23:00+00:00By AMS

BMW says it is expanding production capacity and increasing its staff at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing faster than originally planned

The Plus Six features a bonded and riveted aluminium platform that houses a turbocharged BMW straight six and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission

The Morgan Plus Six: a century in the making

2020-01-24T16:21:00+00:00By Chris Pickering

Behind Morgan’s unashamedly traditional exterior there’s a company that’s also keen to embrace modern production methods and processes

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BMW takes additive manufacturing from prototype to serial lines

2019-12-11T18:04:00+00:00By Mike Farish

OEMs and tier suppliers are now integrating additive manufacturing processes into their production operations – a prime example is BMW   

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Suppliers will face squeeze as OEMs push to meet EU CO2 targets

2019-10-02T09:58:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

As carmakers strive to reach the more stringent CO2 emissions targets being phased in across the EU next year, we predict that many are likely to put more pressure on their supply base to help reduce emissions

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Powering the EV surge

2019-09-16T10:27:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Andreas Guecker, head of quality management and projects within BMW’s planning and production of E-Powertrains, offers an insight into the OEM’s e-drive production operations 

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Quick learners

2019-08-22T16:00:00+01:00By Gareth Price

From training, quality and work station design, OEMs are seeing a host of applications that can benefit from virtual and augmented reality technology

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Digitalised energy saving

2019-08-22T14:29:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Vehicle production has become increasingly digitalised, with a variety of different tools helping workers on production lines. These tools can also help reduce energy usage. Michael Nash provides an insight

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BMW Research & Innovation Centre Pilot Plant

2019-08-22T11:22:00+01:00By AMS

BMW provides a glimpse inside its Research & Innovation Centre Pilot Plant, which is located in Munich, Germany

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Automation advances

2019-08-14T13:41:00+01:00By Mike Farish

AMS investigates how robotics can be adapted to a wider range of applications and the potential offered by 5G communications

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5G networking spreads in car production

2019-07-30T11:52:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Certain companies have started leveraging 5G in their car manufacturing facilities in China with the hope of drastically increasing efficiency. Michael Nash provides an insight

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BMW doubles battery production capacity

2019-07-25T12:14:00+01:00By AMS

US - BMW has doubled its battery production capacity at its Spartanburg plant

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BMW Dingolfing

2019-07-09T13:41:00+01:00By AMS

BMW makes batteries and electric motors at its Dingolfing plant, as well as the 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Series models. The company’s electrified vehicle sales increased by 40% during 2018 when compared to 2017. 

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