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2021-09-30T17:41:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Electric vehicles battery enclosures are increasing overall vehicle weight, with lightweight materials for structural components, such as castings, can offset the rise. Rio Tinto’s Jerome Fourmann tells Nick Holt about new opportunities and production innovations 

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AMS Lightweighting 2021 – Weighing the options

2021-09-27T07:00:00+01:00By AMS

This edition features insights on how manufacturing engineers and designers are taking new approaches to vehicle architectures and production to integrate lighter, more efficient materials – especially for EVs – to reduce weight and improve sustainability. Featuring Ford, Gestamp, Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal, Dreistern and more

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Lightweighting of the future: Lotus reveals blueprints underpinning new EV sports range

2021-09-23T09:07:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Lotus Cars has unveiled its full range of EV performance cars demonstrating innovations in lightweight chassis technology for the production of its electric sports vehicles. According to the company, they will be essential in both performances of electric vehicles, as well as in maintaining efficiency in manufacturing.

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CATL partners with BASF for EV battery material recycling to support European supply chain

2021-09-20T11:29:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Battery maker CATL has announced a strategic partnership with German chemicals firm BASF in battery materials solutions that will support recycling of batteries, and CATL’s plans for the production of battery cells in Europe.

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Stress test: new modelling approach for component fatigue testing

2021-09-16T18:36:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The development of lightweight structures and components for electric vehicles has created a demand for more comprehensive and modern test-and-measurement processes to evaluate component fatigue and service life. Lucia Barbu, research professor and project coordinator at Fatigue4light gives insight into the challenges and solutions

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Faraday Future names Matt Tall as new vice president of Manufacturing

2021-09-07T12:06:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Amid the company’s overarching new manufacturing strategy, Faraday Future is also making sweeping hiring announcements to oversee its push to expand production of its flagship FF 91 model.

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Toyota to produce hydrogen fuel cell modules for trucks in Kentucky from 2023

2021-08-27T11:54:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky will become a production centre for the company’s dual fuel cell development, serving commercial vehicles.

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Ford gambles with supply chains as OEM reportedly doubles production targets for electric F-150 Lightning trucks

2021-08-27T09:57:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Demand for electric vehicles has skyrocketed in recent years amid broader strategy by global institutions towards carbon-neutrality. However, supply chain disruptions relating to semiconductor shortages, the coronavirus pandemic, and material access may prove problematic for attempts to ramp up EV battery 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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Watch: Vehicle lightweighting rises to the top of the agenda for designers and engineers

2021-07-12T05:00:00+01:00By AMS

This livestream investigates how designers and engineers at Ford, Gestamp and key suppliers are using innovative materials and creating lightweight architectures, including for models like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Maverick compact truck.

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AMS Factory of the future 2021 – Redefining the production line

2021-05-18T13:26:00+01:00By AMS

Flexibility is a key factor in enabling OEMs produce the growing number of electric vehicle variants. Our latest digital edition focuses on how and where OEMs are employing the latest digital technologies in AR, VR and AI to develop networked factories, with shared tooling and data, and cellular production stations. This issue features insights from Honda, Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Epic Games and more

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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.