Europe

  • Ovako Sweden 2
    Article

    Real clean steel

    2019-05-21T16:15:00Z

    With vehicle-makers and tier suppliers wanting greater performance from less material weight, Ovako’s engineering steels seem a good fit. Nick Holt visits its production facility at Hofors in Sweden to find out more

  • Mercedes-Benz Actros Worth plant
    Article

    Mercedes begins Actros production in Wörth

    2019-05-21T13:22:00Z

    Germany - The first new Actros has come off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant in southern Germany. It is the first facility in the OEM’s global network to start making the new model. “This gives us at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth a ...

  • Ford Saarlouis 7
    Article

    Ford Saarlouis

    2019-05-14T15:35:00Z

    Ford has recently invested in its Saarlouis plant to produce the latest generation of its popular Focus model. Key additions include the introduction of two hot forming press lines and eight related laser cutting stations for the high-strength steel sections.

  • Two tone cars
    Article

    A two-tone finish

    2019-04-29T13:53:00Z

    Bi-colour coats and enhanced quality assurance are high on the agenda in the paintshop at SEAT’s Martorell factory. Michael Nash gets an inside look

  • Mercedes-Benz Cars battery factory in the Neckar Valley at the Untertürkheim site in Germany
    Article

    Mercedes starts building battery plant

    2019-04-09T12:50:00Z

    Germany - Mercedes-Benz has started the construction of its battery production facility in the Brühl sub-plant at Untertürkheim, Germany. This is part of the €1bn (US$1.13bn) investment that the OEM has set aside for its global battery production network, which currently comprises of nine battery factories at seven locations on ...

  • BMW Brilliance battery production
    Article

    Finland to be battery production hub

    2019-03-11T15:16:00Z

    The buzz surrounding Europe’s electric vehicle (EV) market continues to escalate. Despite the fact that sales remain relatively low, carmakers have been splashing the cash on new model launches in the hope of igniting the segment. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS), ...

  • moscow_plant-41
    Article

    Muscovite foresight

    2019-03-05T10:13:00Z

    Preparing assembly operations for a new SUV, Renault Moscow plant director Jean-Louis Theron tells Nick Gibbs about investments in automation and a renewed focus on quality Russia’s boom-and-bust car market makes operating a plant in the country incredibly difficult. Running one in Moscow, where staff turnover ...

  • Nissan production
    Article

    Allies at a crossroads

    2019-03-04T11:22:00Z

    While boardroom scandal and criminal allegations have tested this longstanding partnership, the ties that bind the Alliance OEMS remain firmly in place With the arrest in late 2018 of Carlos Ghosn, the man who has led the turnaround in the fortunes of both Renault and Nissan in recent ...

  • Honda Swindon Civic
    Article

    Honda closure deals blow to UK

    2019-02-19T13:06:00Z

    Honda has announced plans to close its Swindon plant at the end of the current model’s production lifecycle in 2021. The statement, which was published on the company’s website, refers to the changing nature of the global auto industry and Honda’s “commitment to electrified cars” as the main reasons behind ...

  • HM-Gov-Business-Sec-Greg-Hands-Burnaston-Toyota
    Article

    Corolla confidence

    2019-02-12T12:35:00Z

    Upgrade and investments at Burnaston see Toyota start production of the new Corolla in the UK, despite all the turmoil of Brexit The UK secretary of state for business, Greg Clark, and the straight-taking Japanese ambassador to the UK, Koji Tsuruoka, joined local dignitaries, business leaders and Toyota executives ...