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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.

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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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

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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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