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Europe’s carmakers dim lights, turn back to coal, oil, on approach to bleak winter

2022-09-21T15:38:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Automakers crimp energy use and reluctantly turn to coal and oil but options may be more limited for component and material suppliers upstream.

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Register: Building the Green Machine

2022-09-08T09:22:00+01:00By AMS

Join this livestream on how vehicle manufacturers and suppliers are fast-tracking energy reduction, circular economy and greener materials to save costs and achieve decarbonisation goals, featuring experts from OEMs, SSAB and more. Thursday October 6 at 9.30 EST / 14.30 BST / 15.30 CEST

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Mercedes looks to chemical recycling to further develop circular manufacturing operations

2022-08-25T18:23:00+01:00By AMS

The carmaker says it is working to increase the proportion of recycled materials in its car fleet to an average of 40% by 2030

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Continental to offer low-carbon biomass-based plastic for car interiors

2022-08-05T13:23:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Continental said the biomass-derived PVC’s equal performance to conventional plastics makes the material a straight swap from petrochemical use but with a smaller carbon footprint in manufacturing.

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Watch: Are all OEMs start-up manufacturers now?

2022-07-28T11:18:00+01:00By AMS

In this livestream, learn how OEM start-ups can short time to market in manufacturing and re-engineer body structures, featuring the head of manufacturing at Volta Trucks and ArcelorMittal.

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Ford secures new battery supplies, overhauls Cologne plant on path to producing 2m EVs a year

2022-07-26T10:00:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

With a $50bn investment, the carmaker aims to produce 600,000 EVs a year by late 2023 and 2m by 2026, incoporating new battery chemistries and updating plants.

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Battery Electric Vehicles – steel applications for the B-segment

2022-07-05T07:07:00+01:00By ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal says with the B-segment looking to to be a mass market car for the EV market, an affordable, sustainable architecture is a fundamental requirement

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Watch: Meeting the recycling challenge head on

2022-05-23T11:34:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Jacqui Murray, Jason Muccioli and Sam Haig discuss the future of battery recycling and the challenges with second life, safe disassembly and the role of car manufacturers.

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Watch: New magic in the dark art of lightweighting

2022-05-23T10:10:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Ignacio, Jérôme and Prof. Volk explain the magic behind the art of lighweighting all whilst factoring in cost, performance, safety concerns and the impact on manufacturing process.

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European automotive manufacturing in an age of disruption

2022-04-04T11:21:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

European automotive production is in a state of flux and continued disruption. The accumulative impact of continuing coronavirus-related problems, the prominence of Asian productivity, and now war threatens to cause further damage to automotive manufacturing, Jason Dunn reports.

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Watch: Making it modular - vehicle production’s flexible future

2022-03-30T19:12:00+01:00By AMS

Flexibility in automotive assembly is now a competitive advantage. This AMS livestream features leaders from automation experts Ewellix and Rockwell and AMS discussing innovations in modular production and how to improve assembly lines at brownfield and greenfield factories.

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Ford and VW expand collaboration with plans for new electric model using MEB platform

2022-03-15T11:37:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Ford Motor and Volkswagen Group are growing their e-mobility partnership amid plans to produce a new electric model based on the MEB platform for the European market. Following plans to introduce another 7 EVs in Europe by 2024, Ford also aims to double its planned MEB volume to 1.2m units across six years.

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AMS EVolution summit returns with fresh new format and guest speakers

2022-02-17T22:57:00+00:00By AMS

The Automotive Manufacturing Solutions EVolution Summit returns this spring from 17th - 19th May with a brand-new format and with a mission to provide unique and exclusive insight into the world of automotive production.

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Megacasting: a chance to rethink body manufacturing

2022-02-10T05:31:00+00:00By Götz Fuchslocher

The aluminium die-casting process could revolutionise body construction. Professor Wolfram Volk, the department head for forming technology and casting at the Technical University of Munich, explains the advantages and disadvantages of so-called ‘mega’- or ‘gigacasting’.

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Volvo investing $1.1 billion in Gothenburg site to support huge electrification push

2022-02-08T14:06:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

In the coming years, Volvo Cars will be investing SEK 10 billion ($1.1 billion) into its manufacturing plant in the Torslanda province of Gothenburg, Sweden, as preparation for the production of the next generation of fully electric cars.

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Britishvolt and Glencore agree to expand battery recycling capacity in the UK

2022-02-03T10:43:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Britishvolt has announced a joint venture with strategic partner Glencore to build a battery recycling ecosystem in the UK.

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Semiconductor investment boom begins in US with Intel’s $20 billion for Ohio factory

2022-01-24T16:57:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Intel plans to invest $20 billion in the construction of a new factory in Ohio to alleviate the ongoing global microchip shortages and develop local supply chains in North America.

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Britishvolt receives UK government support for Northumberland EV battery plant as sustainability goals drive localised manufacturing

2022-01-21T15:26:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

The British government has confirmed it will fund the creation of an electric vehicle battery plant in Northumberland.  

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It all adds up to zero – counting the ways to net carbon zero manufacturing

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

Sustainability leaders from Audi and Lear explain how the companies are working across the value chain to decarbonise manufacturing

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End-to-end sustainability: accelerating to zero emissions and the circular economy

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

Manufacturers are increasing efforts to reduce waste and to reuse and recycle material, including packaging and battery materials. In this session, executives from Magna, CSR Europe and Li-Cycle discuss initiatives in the circular economy and to reduce overall emissions