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Register now for the Livestream Hour Episode 7 - Finished Vehicle Logistics: Restarting the network

2020-05-27T18:34:00+01:00

This week’s special livestream episode will focus on the finished vehicle logistics network and how it is preparing to restart for the new normal, with insights from Volkswagen Group of America’s Anu Goel, Hyundai Glovis and more. Hosted by Christopher Ludwig and featuring updates and insights from the crisis and beyond for automotive supply chain and manufacturing. Join us Wednesday June 3rd.

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Watch: Kia maintains investment, launches and stability in Europe

2020-05-12T11:19:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In this video interview, Kia Motors Europe chief operating officer, Emilio Herrera, and director of marketing, Carlos Lahoz, outline how the Korean brand is learning from supply chain and production disruptions, digitalising sales channels and maintaining investment in electrification to chart a route towards recovery in Europe.

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Kia suspends production in Slovakia on supply shortages

2020-04-21T21:34:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Kia has had to halt the assembly lines two weeks after restarting them, demonstrating the challenges that OEMs face in restarting vehicle production during the ongoing lockdown and coronavirus 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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Steel makes the case as the mainstay material for vehicles

2020-03-06T15:35:00+00:00By James Bakewell

With OEMs demanding vehicle-structure materials that are low in mass, crash-protective and economic to use, steel grades stay true to form

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AMS on Africa: Part 2 – Algeria thinks big

2020-02-11T09:41:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Algeria has ambitions to be the Africa’s next major automotive manufacturing hub and the OEMs are lining up to make it happen

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Stumbling blocks on the Korea path

2019-12-10T14:25:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Outside of the Hyundai-Kia story, Korea’s other automotive players continue to struggle and in global production terms the country is slipping down the rankings. Ian Henry reports

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Dual brand adapters

2019-11-20T16:06:00+00:00By Ian Henry

From finances to unions and electrifying its model range, domestic and global challenges abound for Hyundai-Kia

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Destination Europe

2019-11-11T11:36:00+00:00

Gareth Price visits HMMC, Hyundai’s fully integrated production operation at the centre of Europe

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Kia hits 3m production milestone in US

2019-09-16T09:36:00+01:00By AMS

US - Kia has hit a major milestone with production of its new SUV at its West Point plant in Georgia

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Team building at Hyundai, Czech Republic

2019-07-22T13:20:00+01:00By Gareth Price

Gareth Price reports on a collaborative approach to production quality that prompted Hyundai to locate assembly of its N performance brand in the Czech Republic

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Dongfeng Maxion to build wheel plant

2019-03-13T12:00:00+00:00By AMS

China - Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group has formed a new joint venture company with Maxion Wheels - a division of the Brazilian wheel and structural component manufacturer Iochpe Maxion. The new company is called Dongfeng Maxion Wheels, and will look to serve the global market.

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Augmented assistance

2019-03-04T11:36:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Visit any car manufacturing plant in the world and the majority of production equipment will be similar. The real differences between factories are the human workers and the way in which technology is used to optimise their environment

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Honda closure deals blow to UK

2019-02-19T13:06:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Honda has announced plans to close its Swindon plant at the end of the current model’s production lifecycle in 2021. The statement, which was published on the company’s website, refers to the changing nature of the global auto industry and Honda’s “commitment to electrified cars” as the main reasons behind ...

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Is Korea set to become a low-cost country?

2019-02-11T15:14:00+00:00By Ian Henry

In what may be a portentous move for the industry, Hyundai has chosen to try to revive its domestic fortunes by opening the first new car factory to be built in Korea for over 20 years; what is intriguing about this move is that the workers in this plant will ...

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Hyundai/Kia test wearables

2018-10-25T16:57:25+01:00By AMS

South Korea - The companies have recently demonstrated the use of the Hyundai chairless exoskeleton (H-CEX), and now plans on testing the Hyundai vest exoskeleton (H-VEX) technology. These could then be used at plants across North America before the end of 2018.

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Out now: North America 2018

2018-08-24T16:24:26+01:00By Gareth Price

When it comes to America and automotive manufacturing, some things are impossible to ignore. Foremost among them are: The Big Three, the light truck segment and Trump. In our latest global region supplement, we bring you the full set.

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Southern hospitality

2018-08-24T12:29:47+01:00By Gareth Price

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Pacific standard

2018-08-24T11:41:26+01:00By Ian Henry

Responding to the boom in SUV and crossover markets, the OEMs of Japan and Korea continue to invest in manufacturing operations across their long-established North American networks. Ian Henry reports

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Transatlantic ventures

2018-08-24T11:22:20+01:00By Ian Henry

Volvo is the latest European marque to take up a North American manufacturing base. As Ian Henry reports, it joins Germany’s giants in exploring the benefits while coping with the complexities…

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