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Among other things, another shift is to be introduced in the autumn for the ramp-up of the Mini Countryman at the BMW plant in Leipzig. (Image- BMW)

BMW is preparing for a three-shift operation at its Leipzig plant for Mini Countryman

2024-02-14T17:31:00+00:00By AMS

BMW Leipzig plant pauses car production to prepare for the fully electric Mini Countryman, signaling a major production expansion shift.

The rising role of renewable energy supply in automotive production

The rising role of renewable energy supply in automotive production

2024-02-07T22:19:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

The automotive industry’s shift towards sustainability transcends mere vehicle innovation, with a large part of the global carbon equation relying on renewable energy architectures in manufacturing processes.

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SMMT: Production resilience and strategic progress for UK automotive industry

2024-02-01T12:32:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed a marked trend of prodcution resilience in the UK, with the sector witnessing a substantial 16.8% rise in car production. This led to an output of 1.25 million vehicles; the industry’s strongest performance since 2019. With markets shifting and competition growing overseas, UK productions and exports are witnessing sings of confidence and resilience.


Is sodium-ion the future of battery tech? - Stellantis Ventures all-in on Tiamat

2024-01-18T00:41:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

France’s Tiamat has taken the spotlight with its advanced sodium-ion battery cell chemistry, awarded by Stellantis for its potential to offer a lower cost per kWh and an eco-friendly alternative to lithium-ion. Stellantis Ventures, the corporate venture fund of automotive giant Stellantis N.V., has recently announced strategic investment in Tiamat, signaling a strong belief in the sodium-ion technology’s potential.

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Design and manufacturing integration, digitalisation key to cost and sustainability gains for BMW’s Neue Klasse

2024-01-12T01:03:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

To realise large cost and emission savings on its EV architecture, BMW is redesigning vehicles and manufacturing in parallel, and rolling out rapid digital solutions.


A class of its own: transforming BMW production for next-gen EVs

2024-01-12T00:27:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

BMW’s home plant will produce only EVs by 2027, with much of the century-old factory rebuilt to meet new levels of efficiency and digitalisation, without missing a beat of ongoing production.


The state and stipulation of automotive production: Retrospect 2023 to prospect 2024

2024-01-03T16:59:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

In 2023, the automotive industry underwent a transformative journey, adapting to trends such as sustainable materials, electric vehicle dominance and digitalisation. But what clues does 2023 provide about the vehicle manufacturing landscape in 2024?


BYD to establish passenger car production in Europe

2024-01-03T16:16:00+00:00By Nick Holt

BYD has chosen Szeged, Hungary as the location for its first passenger car production facility in Europe

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AMS Winter 2023/24 – BMW’s battery boost

2023-12-20T10:10:00+00:00By AMS

BMW is aiming to achieve ‘expertise in every cell’ of its generation six batteries

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A natural fit: why the auto industry is turning to bio-materials

2023-12-01T16:11:00+00:00By Martin Kahl

In the race towards sustainability in automotive production, bio-based materials are transforming the industry. Natural fibres like flax, hemp, kenaf and jute are gaining prominence, providing durable and lightweight alternatives for components, from dashboards to electric vehicle batteries. The journey towards eco-friendly solutions, is marked by the need for lower environmental footprints and manufacturing costs, and industry pioneers envision a future where bio-based materials play a central role in a more sustainable automotive world.

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Next steps towards solid-state

2023-11-13T18:36:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Solid-state batteries are seen as the next big technology step for electric vehicles, potentially reducing battery pack weight and offering improved energy density and range.


New world order: How the US is boosting EV production with new technologies and investment

2023-11-07T12:58:00+00:00By Ian Henry

The US is leading the way in the transition to EVs, with significant government support to increase domestic battery production and new technologies.

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BMW: ‘Flexibility is in our genes’

2023-11-06T17:38:00+00:00By Götz Fuchslocher

BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce are driving a tight electrification course. Nevertheless, the group remains open to drive diversity. In an interview, production director Milan Nedeljković talks about flexibility and the concept of the iFactory.


How BMW will maintain quality in its 3,000-step battery cell production process

2023-11-06T17:02:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

At its recently opened German Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre (CMCC) in Parsdorf, BMW is aiming to achieve ‘expertise in every cell’ of its generation six batteries for its Neue Klasse EV models. 


BMW begins production at German cell manufacturing competence centre

2023-10-27T14:58:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

BMW has started production of cylindrical battery cells at its €170m Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre (CMCC) inear Munich in Parsdorf, Germany.


AESC and Umicore deal bolsters BMW’s North American EV battery supply chain

2023-10-17T10:32:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Umicore is to supply AESC cathode active battery materials from Canada and further localise BMW’s electric vehicle supply chain in North America

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AMS Autumn 2023 – Continental Shift

2023-10-15T21:52:00+01:00By AMS

In this latest AMS digital edition we have a special focus on the North American automotive industry with big investments in electric vehicle and battery production

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Qualcomm’s collaborations with leading automakers to reshape automotive manufacturing

2023-09-06T16:11:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Partnerships with BMW, Mercedes, JLR and Mahindra revolve around automotive digital advancements and driving industry transformation.

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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.

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