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VIDEO: Views from the assembly line at the home of the Range Rover

2020-05-22T12:17:00+01:00By Gareth Price

Assembly workers give their reaction as Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant reopens under new social distancing measures

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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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More investment needed in EV battery production

2020-02-14T19:46:00+00:00By Nick Holt

There are concerns regarding battery and cell production capacity in Europe as electric vehicle production is restricted by a shortage of batteries

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Weight-loss programme

2019-11-20T17:03:00+00:00By James Bakewell

The electrification drive has increased the importance of lightweight vehicle structures. AMS looks at the development of the latest aluminium grades for electric vehicle applications

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Global trade disputes could dim electric vehicle production potential in key markets

2019-10-28T19:11:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Trade uncertainties such as those between the US and China, or the UK and the EU, could put the brakes on growth in the electric vehicle and battery supply chain for some OEMs and countries, despite bullish forecasts for alternative powertrains 

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3D-printed glove to aid assembly workers

2019-09-26T09:25:00+01:00By AMS

UK - Jaguar Land Rover has been testing a 3D-printed glove to prevent injuries to production line workers

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Jaguar Land Rover Nitra, Slovakia

2019-09-18T15:55:00+01:00By Gareth Price

Production of the new Defender has just started at the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Nitra

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New horizons

2019-09-18T10:41:00+01:00By Nick Gibbs

With a healthy automotive supply chain and financial incentives on offer, Slovakia was an attractive prospect for JLR to expand its production facility network, as Nick Gibbs reports 

JLR’s announcement of £1bn investment in Castle Bromwich

Have EVs reached a tipping point in the UK?

2019-07-25T10:04:00+01:00By Ian Henry

With the continued political uncertainty from the lack of Brexit progress, JLR announcement of a £1bn investment in its Castle Bromwich facility to make the new electric XJ will be met with some relief by the UK government, writes Ian Henry

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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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Dashboard meeting

2019-01-11T10:43:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Switching from gantry line to a fleet of AGVs, an IAC facility near Liverpool has brought swift and smart adaptability to its instrument panel assembly process

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New year, new arrangements

2018-12-10T16:41:00+00:00By Ian Henry

As 2018 draws to a close, the pace of change in vehicle manufacturing is accelerating. The move to EVs is gaining speed while the companies themselves continue to realign and optimise their manufacturing footprints.

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Unease in the East

2018-11-21T14:15:00+00:00By Nick Gibbs

Falling sales, electrification and mega mergers: Nick Gibbs provides an overview of the current automotive industry trends in China

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Piecing it all together

2018-11-06T11:23:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Ian Henry identifies six themes from the moves, mergers and makeovers underway in the global automotive tier supply sector

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JLR opens Nitra plant

2018-10-30T17:18:00+00:00By AMS

Slovakia - Jaguar Land Rover has opened its manufacturing facility in Nitra, which is located in the west of the country, an hour’s drive from the capital Bratislava. It cost the company €1.4bn (US$1.59bn) to build, covers an area of 300,000 sq.m, and has an annual output of 150,000 vehicles.

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Rolls-Royce appoints production head

2018-10-25T16:27:51+01:00By AMS

UK - Johann Wolf has been named director of manufacturing at the company. He has 40 years of experience working in the BMW Group and holding various different manufacturing roles, in the latest of which he was responsible for integrating new products into the company's Dingolfing plant.

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Food for thought in Paris

2018-10-09T17:22:05+01:00By Ian Henry

So many big names were absent from this year’s Paris motor show that the long-term future of these events must soon be called into question. Nissan, Volvo, Opel, Ford and Fiat in particular were notable no-shows. Audi and Skoda had a presence, but the Volkswagen brand was perhaps the biggest ...

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Waste not…

2018-09-13T12:03:00+01:00By Karen McCandless

Karen McCandless reports on vehicle-maker recycling projects ranging from plastic bottles to electric vehicle batteries

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PSA – setting a new pace with Opel

2018-08-20T11:58:41+01:00By Ian Henry

Having bought the perennial loss-making Opel-Vauxhall operations from GM last year, PSA has lost no time in starting with the turnaround required. And the early signs are that it has already had a notable impact, something which may surprise many, myself included. When the acquisition was announced in early 2017, ...

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Centre of operations

2018-08-17T09:56:02+01:00By Ian Henry

Investment in new plants and expansion of existing facilities shows central Europe to be at the heart of vehicle manufacturers’ regional strategies

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