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The changing shape of Europe’s automotive production operations

2024-04-03T14:57:00+01:00By

European vehicle manufacturing is having to adapt to weakening EV demand and increasing competition. 

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Challenges looming for US vehicle production

2024-02-27T12:07:00+00:00By

EV production in the US is facing headwinds from both weakening demand and foreign competition.

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UAW-Ford avert strike at Kentucky after reaching tentative deal

2024-02-22T12:56:00+00:00By

The United Auto Workers union and Ford have reached a tentative agreement that is expected to avert a strike that was due to upset production operations at the Kentuvky Truck Plant. With ratifications still looming, all parties involved seem to want to find common ground but this is stil uncertain.

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

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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Is cost-cutting the newest trend among OEMs in Europe 2024? Watch this space…

2024-01-04T17:46:00+00:00By

As Renault and VW move towards major and comprehensive cost-cutting projects, with the squeeze of uncertainties and inefficiencies, is this liable to spread?

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

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

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?

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New materials drive electric motor development

2023-12-04T19:20:00+00:00By

Original equipment manufacturers need electric motors that are more energy-efficient and power-dense than those currently available

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Ford scales down planned Michigan EV plant, GM scraps EV target

2023-11-27T16:27:00+00:00By

Ford has downsized its planned EV plant in Marshall and GM has scrapped EV production targets as consumer EV demand dwindles.

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UAW workers ratify deals with GM, Ford and Stellantis

2023-11-20T16:49:00+00:00By

Members of the United Auto Workers union (UAW) have ratified the tentative deals with GM, Ford and Stellantis following weeks of strikes against the Detroit ‘Big Three’.

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Impact of UAW strikes could leave suppliers at financial risk

2023-11-15T17:45:00+00:00By

Despite tentative deals, the impact of the UAW strikes on Ford, GM and Stellantis could have already put suppliers at financial risk.

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Ford’s Paul Stephens on EV opportunities and greenfield sites

2023-11-15T14:44:00+00:00

Paul Stephens, Manufacturing and Transformation lead at Ford Motor Company discusses talent, technology and learning from past mistakes at Automotive Evolution North America 2023.

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Next steps towards solid-state

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

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.

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Back in the USA

2023-10-23T20:07:00+01:00By

The AMS Automotive Evolution North America event delivered expert panels and a fully engaged audience. Here are some of the highlights from the sessions.

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The future of Ford in a flash of lightning

2023-10-20T02:57:00+01:00By

The Ford Dearborn Truck Plant is a benchmark for managing complexity, quality and software. Plant manager Corey Williams shares learnings and lean principles across ICE and fast-growing EV output.

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AMS Autumn 2023 – Continental Shift

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

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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UAW strikes against Ford, GM and Stellantis: UAW strike costs GM $1.1 bn

2023-09-19T09:37:00+01:00By

The strikes are targeting one facility from each OEM to begin with, but the union said this could increase as time goes on. 

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UAW workers start strike against GM, Ford and Stellantis

2023-09-15T06:59:00+01:00By

Union members begin their strike following failed negotiations with the OEMs for a new contract.

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Big three strikes ‘potentially a major economic crisis’

2023-09-06T14:41:00+01:00By

If strikes do happen following the 14th September deadline, expert lawyers say there will be a devastating impact on the automotive industry.

We’re excited for the opportunity for our first-ever investment in Québec with a new facility that will help shape the EV ecosystem there.”

Ford partners with EcoPro BM and SK On to build cathode plant in North America bolstering EV SC in region

2023-09-01T12:00:00+01:00By

The new plant marks Ford’s first investment in the region and is part of the OEMs wider objective of localising key battery raw materials processing operations in closer proximity to its EV production hubs.

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Ford appoints Chris White as Chief Engineer – Battery Manufacturing

2023-08-07T16:49:00+01:00By

White will be responsible for supporting the global growth of Ford’s battery manufacturing capabilities and will report directly to Executive Director Global Battery Manufacturing, Indy Singh

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