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Global suppliers need modularity and flexibility in the EV age

2021-04-06T10:19:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

Electric vehicles bring with them high development costs and large expenses for retooling plants. To get around that, OEMs and tier suppliers must work together to develop flexible, modular production systems, according to panellists from ZF and ABB at last week’s AMS Livestream on electrification.

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Watch: Automotive suppliers charging ahead – Electrifying Production Series (Pt.1)

2021-03-31T20:16:00+01:00By AMS

In the first part of our Electrifying Production Livestream series, AMS explores how vehicle electrification is changing major tier-1 suppliers’ manufacturing engineering and design, plant equipment and manufacturing strategies. Featuring experts from automotive suppliers and production specialists including Gestamp and ZF, Henkel and ABB.

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AMS E-mobility 2021 – Electric vehicle production powers up

2021-03-17T12:26:00+00:00By AMS

Our latest AMS digital edition is out with a special focus on the acceleration towards an all-electric future for automotive industry. The issue offers in-depth insight into leading carmaker’s and tier supplier EV strategies, looking at drivetrains, battery assembly and specialist materials, with interviews featuring Schaeffler, Atlas Copco, Outokumpu and more.

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AMS Tier Supplier 2021 – Adapt, survive and thrive

2021-02-15T06:30:00+00:00By AMS

Our latest AMS digital edition is out with a special focus on how tier suppliers are seizing the opportunities emerging from the shift to e-mobility. The issue features in-depth insight on EV drivetrains, chassis development, electronics supply and creating smart interiors, with interviews featuring ZF, Gestamp, Yanfeng and more.

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Power is nothing without control

2021-02-08T18:44:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Chassis components keep the wheels from falling off the EV revolution. Illya Verpraet found out how Gestamp is managing the change with material and quality control innovation

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Sustainability at the core of leadership at Scania and ArcelorMittal

2020-11-30T16:28:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

At last week’s inaugural AMS livestream, Scania’s Mathias Wijkström was joined by ArcelorMittal’s Hugo Da Gama Campos to discuss making automotive production greener and how it is vital to put sustainability at the heart of the production system.

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Watch: Strategies for Greener Production (EP.1)

2020-11-25T22:30:00+00:00By AMS

This AMS Livestream Hour episode discusses how automotive manufacturers are making their plants and value chains more sustainable through new processes and technology, with special guests including Scania and ArcelorMittal. Watch and download slides.

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Composite case study: curved rear bumper beam of the Corvette Stingray

2020-07-06T16:36:00+01:00By Gareth Price

Performance vehicle structures have long made extensive use of composite materials and the new generation of GM’s flagship sportscar, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, continues the push. A key composite component of the new Corvette Stingray is a curved carbon fibre rear bumper beam, created through a bespoke application of radius pultrusion…

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Watch: The latest technology from Coherent solves your most challenging welding tasks in e-mobility battery manufacturing

2020-07-06T12:56:00+01:00By Coherent, sponsor partner

A major leap in fiber laser welding technology that can significantly improve your productions processes.

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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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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 4 – Tier Suppliers on the Road to Recovery

2020-05-06T00:01:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Hosted by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief at Ultima Media, the Livestream Hour will take place each week on Wednesdays. It will also be part of other Livestream special episodes and guests, including previews and follow-ups from our series of live and digital events for Automotive Logistics, Automotive Manufacturing Solutions and Car Design News. In Episode 4, we discuss the key areas that suppliers especially need to consider as the automotive industry stirs back into action, including supply chain and logistics processes, sourcing considerations, digital tools and collaboration. 

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Element of surprise: battery suppliers explore gains in the chemistry

2020-05-05T15:35:00+01:00By Mike Farish

One area of electric vehicle battery technology that is growing in importance is chemistry. Mike Farish reports on two new developments that could significantly improve battery durability and recharge times

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Aluminium-air: a better power source for EVs?

2020-05-05T10:20:00+01:00By Richard Brown

The deficiencies of Li-ion batteries contribute to consumer doubts about EVs, but switching to a different type of technology – Al-air fuel cells – could solve crucial problems

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 3 – India Automotive Supply Chain in Focus

2020-04-22T19:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The Livestream Hour features intelligence and updates on important automotive value chain developments, Covid-19-related topics and best practice featuring special guests and experts, as well as behind-the-headlines INSIGHT from our editors and analysts at Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Automotive Logistics and Car Design News. In Episode 3, we explore the global export, supply chain and logistics challenges and opportunities in India together with ACMA, Sona Group Meritor, JK Fenner and other major suppliers.

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Watch: Your questions answered | Restarting automotive production in the new normal

2020-04-22T18:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Nick Holt

In a follow up to our Livestream Hour episode on restarting production, we bring our guest panel back together to answer audience that we couldn’t get to during the live session, including topics on automation, inventory and future sourcing. Featuring Ralf Bechmann from ROI Management Consulting, and AMS editor Nick Holt, hosted by Christopher Ludwig

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 2 – Restarting Automotive Production in the New Normal

2020-04-15T19:50:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Nick Holt

In this Livestream episode, we share insights with special guest Ralf Bechmann from ROI Management Consulting, and AMS editor Nick Holt into the supply chain and manufacturing strategies that OEMs and suppliers are pursuing as companies like Daimler and Volkswagen are set to restart some plants in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. Hosted by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, the Livestream Hour features weekly insights and live interactions with the global automotive industry 

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Future-proof steel for mobility - what is future proof?

2020-04-14T08:19:00+01:00By SSAB, sponsor partner

Future-proofing your life cycle assesments

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White paper: Docol® EV concept – UHSS in electric vehicles

2020-04-06T00:00:00+01:00By SSAB sponsor partner

In response to the unique Body-in-White challenges posed by battery electric vehicles, SSAB has developed a new, “virtual platform” to help foster the next generation of design solutions made from advanced high strength steels.

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Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

2020-02-16T18:55:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing manufacturing processes

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SSAB: Design concept – Battery pack protection for EV body-in-white

2020-01-22T15:25:00+00:00By SSAB, sponsor partner

Protecting battery packs is the fundamental first step when designing the body-in-white for BEVs. We talk to SSAB’s Robert Ström about the Docol EV Design Concept and platforms for new AHSS solutions