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Full-scale construction of the MTM plant continues, with 75%-100% completion on roofing, siding, floor slabs, ductwork, fire protection and electrical

Mazda and Toyota make additional investment in US joint-venture

2020-08-17T14:12:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The Japanese OEMs have announced an additional $830m investment into their new production facility in Alabama, US. Funding for the joint-venture has increased to $2.3 billion, up from the $1.6 billion originally announced in 2018

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Toyota sees positives in its electrostatic paint atomiser innovation

2020-07-27T09:41:00+01:00By AMS

Across the group, the OEM anticipates lower consumption and more compact paintshop design as a result of deploying the new technology

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Toyota pursues dip-free plating technology innovation

2020-07-20T09:51:00+01:00By Gareth Price

The new, more efficient and compact process reduces waste in plating solution during electronic component production

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Five ways that 3D printing is transforming automotive manufacturing

2020-06-24T11:23:00+01:00By Mark Dickin, 3D printing specialist

Latest industry reports on additive manufacturing suggest that the promised land of serial production is closer than we might think

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3D Print Case Study: Toyota Corolla


Toyota use additive manufacturing services to validate a number of exterior components for design, fit and function 


Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 6 – Aftermarket and Service Parts: Keeping the wheels moving

2020-05-20T21:26:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the pandemic’s potential impact on aftersales supply and the aftermarket, including the long-term effects on supply chains and what this means for managing inventory. With special guests from Toyota North America, LKQ Europe and CLEPA. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig. 

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People get ready: recruitment and retention in a complex automotive industry

2020-04-20T16:22:00+01:00By Andrew Williams

With contributions from Volkswagen, Toyota, BMW and Audi, AMS looks at some of the strategies OEMs are using to attract and retain employees with the skills needed to work in modern digitalised workplaces – and to adapt to cutting-edge developments in hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicles …

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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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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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Toyota tops up US investment

2020-01-20T13:17:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Toyota has completed its US plant modernisation project, first announced in January 2017, with an additional $700 million for its Indiana facility

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RAV4 Hybrid production starts at TMMK

2020-01-09T12:24:00+00:00By Nick Holt

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), has started production of the 2020 RAV4 Hybrid SUV

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Toyota to invest in Sorocaba plant

2019-09-19T09:09:00+01:00By AMS

Brazil - The Toyota plant near Sao Paulo will soon make a new model alongside the Etios and Yaris

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Looking after ‘the triplets’

2019-09-18T17:24:00+01:00By Gareth Price

The Toyota-PSA venture combines talents for the production of a trio of city cars. Gareth Price reports 

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Toyota invests in San Antonio facility

2019-09-18T09:50:00+01:00By AMS

US - The OEM is spending millions to upgrade the facility, which has attracted investment from suppliers in nearby factories


PSA and Toyota make the Czech list – AMS Podcast Episode 05 (Pt 01)


The AMS Podcast returns with a three-part bumper episode. The team discuss the TPCA joint venture facility in the Czech Republic. Episode sponsored by SSAB


Toyota to build facility in Myanmar

2019-05-30T09:03:00+01:00By AMS

The OEM is hoping to take advantage of growing sales in the country by setting up its first local production facility


US plants – stick or twist?

2019-04-10T13:42:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Several carmakers have recently outlined plans to alter their production activities in the US. Some announcements have been positive, with large investments being made to build new facilities as well as upgrade existing ones. Others have detailed plant closures.

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Start of production – AMS Podcast Episode 01


The very first AMS podcast rolls off the assembly line and the team discuss two giants of automotive manufacturing, Toyota and Ford.

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Ford invests in EV and AV production

2019-03-21T11:18:00+00:00By AMS

US - Ford has said it will spend US$900m on its facilities in Michigan in order to ready for the production of both electric and autonomous vehicles. This is the latest in a string of investments that the OEM has recently announced it will make in US plants.