All Environment articles

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    Toxic haste


    Suzuki tackles boron and fluorine leakageBMW implements water management strategiesLife after vehicle manufacturingDecontaminating waste water with sunlightThe clean-up of old – and even bomb-damaged – vehicle plants is a challenge for OEMs. The former Zastava car production facility, now located in Serbia, has only recently been cleaned in arguably the ...

  • gr1

    Green materials from start to finish


    Lightweighting by JSPEnvironmental swings and roundaboutsMaterial reuse at FordRecycling carbon fibreThe bigger pictureFlexible polymerThe quest for higher quality at the same price point or retained quality at a lower cost has driven the automotive industry forward for a century. Yet in recent times, the game has dramatically changed. Through a ...

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    Energy revolution


    Honda’s ‘Green Factory’ Initiative Hyundai Total Energy Management System New wind turbines at Ford of Europe’s Genk Plant New flower species absorb factory emissions SEAT installs 13m kWh of annual electricity capacity As a result of shrinking markets, automotive manufacturers are looking at new, innovative techniques to reduce production costs. ...

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    Green = lean at Reva


    US production for the Reva NXR Efficient beauty Volvo uses local resources Toyota’s Tsutsumi ‘Eco-Factory’ Methanol fuel cells reduce Nissan CO2 emissions If India’s Reva Electric Car Company has its way, a new term will soon be added to the automotive lexicon: ‘Born green’. This, says the India-based firm, is ...

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    Fischer appointed to Plant Manager of Ford Southampton


    Southampton, UK – Thomas Fischer has been appointed Plant Manager of Ford Southampton following the promotion of Martin Chapman to Operations Manager, Cologne plant.Fischer joined the Southampton plant in 2007 as area manager of trim and fi nal. More recently, he was responsible for quality and manufacturing engineering.Originally from Ulm, ...

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    Binger is named as Plant Manager at Ford's site


    Detroit, MI. – Charles Binger has been named Plant Manager of Ford’s Cleveland engine production site, which includes Engine Plants No. 1 and No. 2 and Cleveland Casting. A 19-year veteran with the company, Binger replaces Jan Allman, who was named plant manager at the Chicago Assembly Plant. Most ...

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    Colour it green in construction


    Green and lean Turning paint fumes into electricity Waste gas used to power BMW paintshop The ‘living’ car factory Greening the distribution chain Green smart OEMs and Tier suppliers derive not only good public relations from minimising environmental damage in the vehicle manufacturing process, but may also realize significant cost ...

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    What lies beneath the site


    History in the makingNew beginning for Browns LaneEven before the recent slowdown, questions of how to deal with a industrial plant at the end of its useful life had preoccupied automakers for some time. The core concept of what an automotive manufacturing site should be has, after half a century ...

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    The right chemistry for cleaning


    Cleaner running applies as much to manufacturing processes as to finished automotive products – more so, in the case of water and chemicals used in manufacturing What are the alternatives? The sweet smell of success When plastic is not so fantastic Zero is the new hero Kind on the balance ...

  • gg1

    Green is the new brown


    Sometimes it just isn’t possible to build on a brownfield site, so those building on greenfield sites must do so in an environmentally sensitive way As you might expect of a country as environmentally sensitive as Canada, the major OEMs and Tier Ones – most of which are concentrated in ...

  • mc1

    Making cars while the sun shines


    Pre-heated air Living in a material world Sunshine came softly Geo-heat pumps Shooting the breeze General savings globally Government assistance The enthusiasm for alternative energy sources is heating up as carmakers face increased cost, but it seems that solar and wind power can only fulfil their promise if the right ...

  • wn1

    Waste not, want not


    Air today, gone tomorrow Efficiency first Made to measure Heat harvesting Pinch point From lean to green Alternative energy has yet to provide enough power to run a factory, but when it comes to cutting operating costs it’s worth looking at what can be improved on the factory floor Children’s ...

  • wa1

    Wasting away


    Reduction is increasingBalancing the conflictWaste not, want notMetal and plasticFluids – the environment’s worst enemyUsing recycled materialsInformed workforceOutsourcing waste managementTough regulations on recycling are coming into force on an almost monthly basis, but for vehicle makers waste management is not a new idea. Some have been sorting the swarf from ...

  • rg1

    Race for green engineering


    Can motor racing ever be environmentally sustainable? It depends what questions you ask. AMS talks to Honda Formula One environmental engineer Jamie Shaw to find out how green the industry really is Throughout the 2007 season, the Honda Formula One team ran with a distinctive livery. Eschewing traditional sponsors, Honda ...

  • bi1

    Brownfield is the new green


    Brownfield site makes economic sense Winding up the power Doing the right thing In the debate about brownfield versus green, Ford comes down clearly on the side of making new from old. The company’s efforts to revitalise its former Dagenham plant have the environment in mind It is difficult to ...

  • Article

    Crunch time for the car industry


    Designed to be disposable Drain on resources Carmakers need to think about the end to a car’s life right from its beginning if a coherent recycling initiative is to be properly realised. Simon Palmer from gives his view on what needs to be done Car design has always been ...

  • ai1

    An industry up in the air


    Damage limitation New European legislation Regulation outside Europe Switch to waterborne paints in Europe Energy costs and system choice Oxidizers and VOCs Future legislation The paint shop accounts for almost all the VOCs coming out of a car plant. AMS considers the range of air quality legislation around the world ...

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    A platform for reduction


    Zero wasteTotal system approachCommon compatible chemistryValue analysisFord is minimising environmental impact while maximising cost efficiency and performance at its Dagenham plant in a collaboration with BPReducing manufacturing costs, whilst simultaneously minimising the effect automotive production activities can have on the environment, seems like an impossible task.Ford and BP have worked ...

  • carbon-1

    Cutting out the carbon


    Volvo Trucks is paving the way for CO 2 -free truck making while Ford embraces wind power and the photovoltaic cell. These are just two of the innovations emerging from an industry committed to reducing both carbon output and the cost of manufacturing Biomass and windpower Energy reduction remains critical ...

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    Holding the energy line at GM


    General Motors is embracing energy savings and improved performance with a new decentralised vacuum system from PIAB. AMS talks to Senior Manufacturing Project Engineer Dan Anfinson about getting a grip on the competitive edge A firm grasp on safety and performance Increased up-time Dan Anfinson recognises that competition is the ...