All Factory Investment articles – Page 9

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    Nissan's A-team in Mexico


    As the Japanese OEM adds new facilities for Infiniti and Mercedes production at its complex in the north-central state of Aguascalientes, AMS examines the reasons behind the long-standing success of this operationNissan is close to hitting capacity in Mexico again thanks to the continuing success of its Aguascalientes manufacturing complex ...

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    Alliance in action


    AMS examines the joint projects between Daimler and Renault-Nissan in terms of vehicles, powertrains, technologies, factories, geographies and timescales – and the advantages for each partnerFrom a near standing start in 2010, the Daimler-Renault-Nissan alliance has quickly grown to encompass projects across the globe. There has been significant technology transfer ...

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    JLR’s next plant to be built at Nitra


    Slovakia – The OEM has signed a letter of intent with the government for the development of its production facility in the west of the country. The move is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) strategy to become a more competitive global business by expanding to new international locations.A joint ...

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    Daimler-Renault-Nissan – The alliance in action


    normal">We conclude our review of Daimler’s partnership with Renault and Nissan with a look at platform and production sharing projectsThe preceding articles set out the background to and rationale behind the alliance between Daimler and Renault-Nissan. In this article, we look at each of the joint projects in turn, ...

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    Volvo goes global


    Now in the hands of Geely, the Swedish OEM is expanding its manufacturing footprint in China and the USVolvo, one of the most iconic and best-known Swedish brands, is also the last Swedish car company, following the demise of Saab. Now owned by Chinese OEM Geely, Volvo is a small ...

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    Great leap forward


    Thanks to its Haval SUV brand, Great Wall Motor is experiencing record production levelsThe rate of market growth might be slowing, but Great Wall Motors (GWM) is going from strength to strength in its home country. A decision taken five years ago to pour resources into the then Hover brand ...

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    China's big chill


    As the world’s largest CV market cools down, OEMs are finding themselves burdened with excess capacityIn this article:Economic slowdownCollaborationsDeutz and FAWMAN and SinotruckDaimler and Beiqi FotonVolvo and DongfengIveco and SAICHyundai and Nanjun AutoAnhui Jianghuai AutomobileAnhui Hualing AutomobileShaanxi Automobile GroupOvercapacity problemsDomestic investmentsCommercial vehicle (CV) makers in China are feeling the pressure ...

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    Turkish delight for vehicle-makers


    As traditional production sites in Western Europe struggle with excess capacity, Turkey is enjoying higher investments and output by global OEMs – with the likelihood of further strong growthIn this article:FiatFordHyundaiRenaultToyotaTurkish assemblersAt the same time as Western Europe has been battling problems of overcapacity or underutilised capacity in traditional manufacturing ...

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    Allied to success


    The collaboration between Renault, Nissan and Daimler continues to progress – but what makes it tick?Renault and Nissan established their cross-shareholding and wide-ranging alliance in 1999. It is now the most enduring international partnership between two major car companies in the modern automotive industry. Renault has a 43.4% stake in ...

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    Mercedes marches on


    The brand's global production footprint has grown substantially in recent years, including the US and ChinaIn recent years, the manufacturing geography of Mercedes-Benz has expanded in a major way outside Germany; it first moved into the US in the mid-1990s, since when it has also expanded its small operation in ...

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    The new EMC: Jaguar's genie?


    The OEM's Engine Manufacturing Centre at Wolverhampton could grant its wish to make 1m cars per yearJaguar is now making its own engines for the first time since the mid-1990s, when the AJ6, AJ16 and V12 went into retirement. A new £500m facility, in what was once the heartland of ...

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    Europe: In recovery


    The region's vehicle market is healing, but plant closures have not prevented excess production capacityEuropean automakers will be breathing a cautious sigh of relief after 2014 showed sustained growth there following the prolonged slump triggered by the 2008/9 financial collapse. All 12 months showed growth in the region (excluding Russia ...

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    African adventures


    Charles Cornew tracks the progress of OEMs which are exploring a lesser-known production location “Which countries produce the vehicles you drive?” is a question that prompts answers such as Germany, Japan, Italy and France – plus the UK, the US and South Korea. Most people would be surprised to find ...

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    JLR Solihull: The XE factor


    Against expectations, the OEM has built a brand new plant in the UK in order to produce its ‘baby’ JaguarJaguar Land Rover (JLR) has achieved at Solihull what industry observers said was unlikely ever to happen again: the construction of a new car factory in western Europe. That it is ...

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    Discovery Sport to be produced in Rio


    Brazil – Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that the Discovery Sport will be one of the first models to be built at its new manufacturing facility in Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro State. The new factory, which will see a total investment of 750m reais (£240m) by the end of 2020, ...

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    DPCA starts building fourth Chinese plant


    China – The new facility in Chengdu will make Dongfeng Citroen, Dongfeng Peugeot and Dongfeng Fengshen vehicles, primarily for the SUV and MPV segments. Production capacity will be 360,000 vehicles per year and the first unit is due to roll off the line in late 2016.“Construction of the Chengdu plant ...

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    Fiat Brazil: Quest for growth


    Alfredo Leggero, manufacturing director for Fiat Chrysler Latin America, discusses the continued growth of the carmaker’s largest plant worldwide, Betim in Minas Gerais – plus its new hub in Goiana, PernambucoJoanne Perry (JP): How important is South America to Fiat as a production location?Alfredo Leggero (AL): South America is very ...

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    Lusting after Latin America


    Brazil especially is attracting big investments from global vehicle-makers despite economic uncertainties In this article:Short-term economicsLong-term prospectsBMWCheryDaimlerFiat ChryslerFordGeneral MotorsHondaJAC MotorsJaguar Land RoverRenault-NissanVolkswagenFor almost 15 years, Brazil and Argentina have operated a trade agreement which manages automotive imports and exports between the two countries. While a new deal is being negotiated, ...

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    Faurecia Interiors: Staying in shape


    While vehicle production volumes are on an upward trajectory in South America, interiors remain relatively simple, says Francisco Maciel, regional vice-president for Faurecia Interior Systems Joanne Perry (JP): How important is South America as a production location for Faurecia Interior Systems?Francisco Maciel (FM): South America represents 6% of our turnover. ...

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    Brazil: Stimulating or stifling automotive?


    A government scheme to invigorate the Brazilian automotive industry has achieved mixed results so farFor almost two years, Brazil has been operating an auto industry stimulus programme called Inovar-Auto. In the minds of its government creators, this scheme promotes innovation, investment, efficiency and environmentalism in Brazilian car manufacturing; others regard ...