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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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Viewed from the “lighthouse”: Renault plants connected to smart production

2020-03-16T16:28:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Recognised by the WEF Global Lighthouse Network, Renault’s deep dive into industry 4.0 has launched a plethora of active improvement projects

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Italy’s OEMs and suppliers stay resolute through national coronavirus measures

2020-03-11T09:59:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

FCA, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo Brembo and Pirelli – the famous names of the Italian automotive industry are battling on through the Covid-19 crisis

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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 4 – Morocco aims for a million

2020-02-11T09:42:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Volumes in Morocco have steadily climbed to the point where it may soon be the biggest vehicle producer in Africa

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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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With its architect in exile, the Alliance is destined for separation

2020-01-16T13:04:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Having led the way on OEM collaboration and cooperation, Renault and Nissan seem set to unwind their alliance

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Stricter EU CO2 regulations will reshape vehicle platforms and car design

2019-10-04T11:20:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

As OEMs try to reduce CO2 and transition to electric vehicles in the face of the high fines, we expect a profound impact on vehicle design.

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The Fiat-Renault merger – inevitability postponed?

2019-06-18T15:44:00+01:00By Ian Henry

Ian Henry provides insight on the situation between FCA and its partners and potential partners

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Working from home

2019-03-05T14:51:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Ian Henry looks at how Japan’s OEMs are faring in their native land as they intensify supply to their own domestic market

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Muscovite foresight

2019-03-05T10:13:00+00:00By Nick Gibbs

Preparing assembly operations for a new SUV, Renault Moscow plant director Jean-Louis Theron tells Nick Gibbs about investments in automation and a renewed focus on quality

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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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Allies at a crossroads

2019-03-04T11:22:00+00:00By Ian Henry

While boardroom scandal and criminal allegations have tested this longstanding partnership, the ties that bind the Alliance OEMS remain firmly in place

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In our next issue...

2019-02-08T13:21:00+00:00By aladmin

Coming soon in our March-April issue…

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Ford and VW confirm their alliance; and raise questions …

2019-01-18T12:13:00+00:00By Ian Henry

After months of rumours and speculation, Ford and Volkswagen have announced an alliance which would begin with the co-development and production of vans and pick-ups; it offers the prospect of wider forms of co-operation, in other segments, electric technology and support services. This is the latest move in the continuous ...

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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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Going gets tough for Ghosn

2018-11-28T11:32:00+00:00By AMS

 

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Cool paint for hot cars

2018-11-27T17:18:00+00:00By Nick Holt

Ferrari is renowned for the high quality paint finish on its supercars. So creating a workable paint formulation that would cure at much lower temperatures without compromising these exacting standard would be a challenge. PPG’s Technical director, William Brunat, discusses the project with Nick Holt

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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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Power from plastics

2018-11-11T14:34:00+00:00By James Bakewell

James Bakewell speaks to thermoset plastics specialists Pieter Vanderstraeten and Hendrik De Keyser about the increasing scope for composite powertrain components

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