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AMS Autumn 2020 – The latest on 3D printing, digital aluminium welding and more

2020-10-19T12:19:00+01:00

The latest issue Automotive Manufacturing Solutions features insight on 3D printing of parts and tooling with Porsche, Audi and Seat, digital solutions for aluminium welding and much more. With technology solutions from ABB, Rockwell Automation, Henkel and Castrol. 

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2,200 new robots to improve automation at VW Chattanooga, Emden and Hannover plants

2020-10-16T14:25:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

Volkswagen is investing in automation with robots from Fanuc and ABB at its Chattanooga, Emden and Hannover plants, in preparation for those factories to start producing electric vehicles based on the MEB platform. The robots are to be mainly used for body production and battery assembly.

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VW starts series production of ID.4 at Zwickau

2020-08-24T11:56:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The OEM says Zwickau plays a key role in its planned changeover to e-mobility, having so far invested €1.2 billion to convert the car manufacturing plant to electric vehicle production

The Engineering and Planning Centre (EPC) in Chattanooga will feature a high-voltage laboratory designed to develop and test electric vehicle cells and battery packs for upcoming models assembled in

VW develops Chattanooga plant for future EV production

2020-08-17T14:35:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Volkswagen says it is expanding its Tennessee factory to build a North American centre for electric vehicles, for both assembly and engineering functions

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Volkswagen opens vehicle assembly plant in Ghana

2020-08-10T16:00:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The new facility in Accra, Ghana will be VW’s fifth vehicle assembly location in Sub-Saharan Africa; the other locations are in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda

The level of automation in the bodyshop at Poznań will increase from 43% to over 80% with investment in 450 new robots

VW Poznań prepares to build the new Caddy

2020-08-03T14:38:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The expansion of the Poznań plant has taken over two years and changes included the construction of a logistics hall, expansion of the body shop and reconfiguration of the factory site

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Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale Part 1: Global logistics lessons with the Volkswagen Group

2020-07-23T23:40:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

As part of our finale for this season’s Livestream Hour, watch this exclusive interview with our special guest Matthias Braun, who leads digitalisation and concept development for group logistics at the Volkswagen Group, on how the carmaker has managed its supply chain through all phases of the coronavirus crisis so far, and lessons for the future

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Watch: Automotive Supply Chain June Update with Volkswagen and Visteon – Leadership in a Crisis

2020-06-25T09:18:00+01:00

Our coronavirus series provide critical information and strategic insight to help design more resilient automotive supply chains. In our June update, key decision makers, including from Volkswagen Group and Visteon, share insight on the challenges of leadership in a crisis and how to respond to build stronger supply chains.

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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: Volkswagen

2020-06-24T11:14:00+01:00

Volkswagen is investigating the potential of additive manufacturing to take its applications beyond prototyping

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 5 – Mexico Automotive Supply Chain in Focus

2020-05-13T16:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In Episode 5 of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the key risks in the Mexican automotive supply chain, and strategies for successfully restarting manufacturing and supply chains, whilst preparing for USMCA implementation. With special guests from Volkswagen, Honda, the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and CNW. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig.

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VW-Northvolt joint venture invests in battery operations at Salzgitter

2020-05-11T16:32:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Volkswagen makes initial investment of €450m to erect buildings and infrastructure for a joint battery cell factory in Salzgitter

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Zwickau kicks off Volkswagen’s return to vehicle production in Germany

2020-04-26T17:47:00+01:00By Gareth Price

Zwickau is the first of Volkswagen’s vehicle plants in Germany to end the suspensions that began back in March. A cautious restart phase will see 50 of the ID.3 produced each day; one-third of the production volume seen prior to the coronavirus pandemic prompted the shutdown.

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VIDEO: Producing cars, protecting people: creativity safeguards assembly workers in the pandemic

2020-04-24T12:20:00+01:00By Gareth Price

As the lockdowns are loosened and vehicle plants in Europe return to operations, assembly workers are adapting stations to create safer environments. The teams are well accustomed to applying their own innovative solutions to keep the assembly lines running smoothly and safely. As this AMS video shows, creative and ingenious solutions are making all the difference in the automotive manufacturing network’s recovery after the coronavirus crisis …

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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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Augmented reality technology assists Volkswagen to remodel Chattanooga production lines

2020-03-13T12:25:00+00:00By Gareth Price

AR in factory floor design is helping VW make decisions faster and spot potential issues sooner 

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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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New recycle system at Bentley puts waste water to work

2020-01-27T13:46:00+00:00By Gareth Price

A paintshop water treatment innovation is helping Bentley achieve sustainability targets and reduce consumption

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Production records set at Skoda’s domestic plants

2020-01-24T16:49:00+00:00By Gareth Price, Ian Henry

As it marks the 125th anniversary of the company, Skoda is chalking up record-breaking output

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