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Volkswagen builds first wholly owned battery production site in China to strengthen supply chains

2021-09-28T11:18:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

A battery system production factory in Hefei, Anhui province is being built by Volkswagen Group, the first battery system plant to be wholly owned by the German carmaker in China. 

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VW Components opens new lab for EV battery cell research in Salzgitter

2021-09-14T10:15:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

As global demand for electric vehicles ramps up, OEMs are increasingly looking to develop their own battery chip-making capacity. Through partnerships and in-house development, carmakers are also seeking to be less reliant on complex supply chains and produce essential equipment closer to their customers.

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Porsche production: moving faster around the bend

2021-09-07T12:21:00+01:00By Pascal Nagel, Yannick Tiedemann

Porsche’s manufacturing chief, Albrecht Reimold, explains the carmaker’s progress towards sustainable, connected manufacturing as it gears up to build more electric vehicles.

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Breaking the Mould: Porsche expands production to Malaysia in shift away from European exclusivity

2021-09-06T11:41:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

The luxury carmaker is planning its only current assembly plant outside Europe with new production planned in Malaysia and an R&D centre in Shanghai.

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Volkswagen’s plan to digitise its global production network

2021-08-24T10:59:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Volkswagen will overhaul its North American manufacturing through digitalisation, using AI, cobots, and integrated cloud systems to enhance connected manufacturing and supply chains.

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Electrifying Europe: new EU ‘Fit for 55’ legislation effectively bans petrol and diesel engines by 2035

2021-08-16T17:47:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

The EU’s latest salvo against the automotive industry to mitigate against climate change will eliminate ICEs and transform automotive manufacturing

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AI, apps, and automation: How Volkswagen aims to transform North American manufacturing with digital drive

2021-08-12T16:18:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Digitalisation is the word of the day when it comes to streamlining the production process and making data more transparent. While cars themselves have rapidly developed and become more advanced, the manufacturing process is now following suit.

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A production transformation that will last 20 years at Volkswagen

2021-08-02T20:57:00+01:00By Pascal Nagel, Yannick Tiedemann

Christian Vollmer at Volkswagen discusses how virtual tools have helped production move during the pandemic, why cross-plant collaboration has accelerated and VW’s evolving manufacturing strategies to ramp up EV production.

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AMS Materials flow and automation 2021 – Moving with the times

2021-07-29T09:02:00+01:00By AMS

Our latest digital edition looks at the latest assembly line concepts coming from new EV producers and how AI is becoming a key enabling technology

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Volkswagen to develop 3D printing process for vehicle production

2021-06-21T10:19:00+01:00By AMS

VW has entered into a software partnership with Siemens and expanded its existing collaboration with printer manufacturer HP to develop 3D printing processes to support future production operations

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Adaptable assembly for electric vehicles

2021-06-11T11:52:00+01:00By Dürr

Preparing existing factories for manufacturing electric cars can require comprehensive upgrading of the production operations. Dürr offers some examples from its work with Volkswagen, preparing the Zwickau plant for electric car production

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EV battery supply chains on the move

2021-06-08T13:34:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet, Daniel Harrison

As electric vehicles become serious business for OEMs, they are reassessing their battery supply and manufacturing bases, putting their eggs in multiple baskets and taking more control of the process.

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Lithium-ion battery gigafactory database

2021-06-03T18:10:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Track electric vehicle lithium battery gigafactories by manufacturer, location, manufacturer, current and planned gigawatt (GWh) capacity.

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Electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle plant database

2021-06-03T18:10:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Track factory locations for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles by manufacturer, model and location.

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OEM and lithium-ion battery cell supplier database

2021-06-03T18:09:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Keep up with changing supplier relationships between electric vehicle manufacturers and battery cell suppliers in this database.

Battery supply chain report 2021

Electric vehicle battery supply chain analysis 2021: How lithium-ion battery demand and production are reshaping the automotive industry

2021-06-03T18:08:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Download this report for forecasts of lithium-ion battery demand, analysis of battery cell factories and insight on EV battery manufacturing and sourcing. 

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Watch: Factory of the future Livestream – The software-defined assembly line

2021-05-26T18:58:00+01:00By AMS

As automotive OEMs digitalise and connect factories, hear how the Audi Production Lab, ABB and Cosmotech are using real-time data, smart software and advanced automation to reshape vehicle production processes.

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Audi cuts production again because of chip shortage

2021-05-25T13:50:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Audi has confirmed that it will be putting 10,000 of its employees working at the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm assembly plants in Germany on reduced hours in June. A shortage in the supply of semiconductors, which is affecting the automotive industry globally, means Audi is having to cut output at the plants.

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Ford and SKI form JV to localise battery supply in US

2021-05-25T09:17:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Ford has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with lithium-ion battery maker SK Innovation (SKI) for a joint venture to manufacture battery cells and finished packs in the US.

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Electrification and digitalisation go hand in hand at Ford and VW

2021-05-20T14:46:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

As the automotive industry electrifies, manufacturing is changing dramatically and OEMs are using big data to keep pace with that change. Increasingly moving into the world of tech, old quality control processes may no longer suffice since a lot of EV components cannot be reworked like traditional equivalents. Manufacturing has to be ultra-precise like never before.

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