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  • 2018 Accord, Honda Marysville
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    Honda Marysville starts making 2018 Accord

    2017-09-18T09:58:20Z

    US – The production of the tenth-generation model has been enabled by a $267m investment in new technologies and processes, plus the addition of 300 personnel. The Accord has been a bestseller in America for the past 41 years. The investment at Marysville Auto Plant (MAP) included $165m for a ...

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    车体意识

    2017-09-14T14:49:19Z

    OEM 对先进高强钢组件的青睐已经超过了钢铁制造商的预期 奥迪(Audi)公司决定在A8汽车车体结构上使用量产碳纤维增强塑料(CFRP)零部件的消息占据了各大媒体的头条,但是公司在这个车型上使用更多的钢材,而不是铝材的消息其实更博人眼球。客舱使用高强度组合钢材组件,客舱包括前舱壁下段、侧梁、B柱和车顶弧线前段。实际上,A8汽车车体40%以上都是由钢材支撑,比2009年款的比重高出32%。 A8汽车车体构架中大约17%是由冲压硬化钢(PHS)组成,有些材料是由ArcelorMittal提供。据说这些钢材在冲压硬化之后,强度能达到1,500MPa。汽车车体上使用的一些钢板可以改变厚度,而其他只需要经过局部热处理。这能降低重量,提高强度,尤其是汽车上特别需要注意安全的部位。 奥迪公司“轻质结构中心(Lightweight Construction Center)”主任Bernd Mlekusch最近对德国报纸“法兰克福汇报(press-hardenable steel)”说:“未来没有车是单用铝材制造的。PHS会发挥越来越大的作用。PHS材质是汽车乘客舱的核心,能够在碰撞中保护司机和乘客。如果你比较一下硬度与重量的比重,PHS目前要领先于铝材。” SSAB汽车业务开发专家Kennet Olsson说:“目前这在高端车领域处于增长趋势,从全铝结构向多材料结构转变。这种转变在减重及碰撞性能优化都是最佳方案。” 钢材沉浮 车体结构制造中采用的接合技术包括前后车门开孔滚边技术。这种机械冷技术用于将铝材侧边构架接合到B柱、车顶弧线和底框梁的PHS板材上。奥迪的工程师们使用这种工序实现了车门开动36mm。这样就是出入汽车变得更加舒适,并开拓了司机在A柱周边的视野 — 这个区域是安全驾驶的关键。 ArcelorMittal公司全球汽车首席市场官Brad Davey说,“奥迪回到A8奢华车钢材时代,成本并不是AHSS胜出的唯一优势。当谈到安全的时候,钢材性能总是差强人意。钢材是一种灵活的材料,一直在跟进设计的不断变化。面对燃油经济的挑战,钢铁并没有表现出不同。” 据扁钢经销商LexCentral公司董事长Bill Douglass称,公司一直关注奥迪在钢材使用上的决定。奥迪的选择显然有利于钢铁业,但Douglass指出,奥迪公司长期以来一直使用钢铁制造高性能汽车,而公司的举动带动了钢铁业的沉浮。 "奥迪公司回到A8汽车钢材时代,这表明成本并不是先进高强钢胜出的唯一理由." - Brad Davey, ArcelorMittal 他解释说,“我认为,福特公司决定在Ford F-150皮卡车上采用铝材真的很打击钢铁业。钢铁最大的优势在于强度和延展性,而在卡车的竞技场上,一直没有对手。这真是铝材的完美进攻,虽然重量更轻,但没有强度可言。 “最后我认为,铝材生产商会是最后的胜利者,因为此前他们并没能打开卡车市场。钢铁业显然已经失去真滴,但我认为福特公司也失败了。通用汽车在广告中平衡了强度和延展性,他们是对的:如果你想用一加仑的汽油行驶更多的距离,那么铝材能够帮助实现燃油节省。但是如果你想要托运一车砖头、木材或任何工厂所需要的东西,那么钢材才是首选。 “我认为Ford F-150的销量仍然遥遥领先,但是如果失去市场份额,那绝对是这个决定带来的结果。时间会告诉我们福特‘新可乐’时代是否到来,因为美国汽车市场的忠诚度很高,尤其是卡车车主。” 三倍增长 奥迪选择钢材而不是铝材的决定,代表一种趋势。据Steel Market Development Institute(SMDI)公布的数据,这已经超过了钢铁制造商的预期了。从2006年到2015年,AHSS的使用每年增长大约10%,高于钢铁业的预测。 这种增长不仅仅局限在奢华汽车上,还有普通汽车也是如此。Brad Davey说,“新款Chrysler Pacifica车体结构的72%是高强钢,比之前老款重量轻113公斤。” “该车的特点就是ArcelorMittal供应的S-运动5片式激光焊接门环,使其成为重量最轻的小型货车之一,而且是唯一获得NHTSA五星安全指标的汽车。Pacifica获得2017年度北美公共设施奖。Honda Ridgeline的车体是另一个例子。该车的96%是钢铁构成,即19.3%的超高强钢(UHSS),35.7%的高强钢,以及41.3%的其他类型钢。” 对减轻汽车重量的需求推动汽车制造商探索各种钢材替代材料的应用,他们试图与不断严苛的二氧化碳排放规定以及能源效益的步伐保持一致。举例来说,在欧盟出售的所有汽车的每公里二氧化碳排放不能超过130克。这个目标将于2021年降低到每公里95克。正如我们所看到的,福特公司已经大力开发铝材应用。而宝马公司也向CFRP的制造和应用上大力投资,最著名的就是宝马公司‘i’车型和7系列车型。 然而据Tata Steel公司的报告,汽车制造商只要能够提高动力传统系统的效能就能满足这个目标。虽然使用轻质材料很好,但是对减少二氧化碳排放量的影响很小。事实上,2010年至2015年间在欧盟出售汽车的平均质量都有提高(大约1%)。一代接着一代,汽车在足迹和产量上都变得越来越大。消费者不断购买SUV,而不是家庭用轿车,而现在的汽车都在追求更高水平的安全性、车内娱乐和联网设备。 新款Chrysler Pacifica 车体的72%是由高强钢构成 使用轻质材料有助于缩小质量提高的幅度,这要感谢对先进钢材的智能使用,因为在这期间并没有向有色金属材料的明显转变趋势。这些材料比钢铁昂贵得多,而钢材生产商一直非常努力提高产品,应对各方的竞争。 来自LexCenral的Bill Douglass说,“现在的钢材更薄、更结实、生产化学步骤更加独特。钢铁公司不断向设备大力投资,让这个古老的工业不断发展。钢材在强度、延展性和成型性、成本上拥有诸多优势,是循环利用最佳选择。腐蚀问题已经解决了十余年,现在的问题只有重量了,这是一个大挑战。” 为了应对这个问题,钢铁制造商不断开发更加结实的UHSS材料(以便用于冲压增强),以及更强更易于塑形的AHSS材料(用于冷成型工艺)。 ...

  • Higher-strength steels in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica’s body structure account for most of its weight reduction.
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    Body conscious

    2017-09-14T14:49:19Z

    The growing trend for OEMs opting for AHSS components has surpassed the expectations of steelmakers Audi’s decision to use a mass-produced carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) part in the body structure of its A8 may have secured many headlines, but the company’s extensive use of steel rather than aluminium in this model ...

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    Reiniciando o Mitsubishi

    2017-09-12T16:31:32Z

    À medida que o OEM é integrado ao grupo Renault-Nissan, novas possibilidades se abrem para sua produção no Sudeste Asiático Em outubro de 2016 com seu próprio escândalo de economia de combustível em seu pico, a Mitsubishi foi subsumida dentro da Nissan quando esta adquiriu uma participação de 34% de ...

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    Fazendo o Milagre

    2017-09-12T16:21:53Z

    Parece apropriado que a fábrica onde a Toyota fez seus primeiros carros de passageiros no final da década de 1950, seja agora o cenário de produção pioneira para potencialmente a próxima fase da mobilidade: veículos de célula de combustível (FCVs). Quando a Usina Motomachi na Prefeitura de Aichi, descobriu o ...

  • Honda Urban EV
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    Honda pledges electrification for Europe

    2017-09-12T16:17:55Z

    Germany – The OEM promised that every new car model launched in the region will feature electrified technology, in an announcement at the Frankfurt Motor Show. At the same time, Honda unveiled its new electric vehicle (EV), the Urban EV concept, which it said will soon be in production. While ...

  • Mitsubishi Thailand
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    El renacer de Mitsubishi

    2017-09-12T09:42:56Z

    La marca se ha integrado en Renault-Nissan por lo que surgen nuevas posibilidades de producción en el sudeste asiático En octubre de 2016, con su propio escándalo de consumo de combustible en lo más álgido, Mitsubishi fue adquirida por Nissan, que obtuvo una participación mayoritaria del 34%. Todavía sumido ...

  • Mirai, Toyota Motomachi
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    El futuro a través del Mirai

    2017-09-12T08:39:00Z

    La falta de infraestructura está ralentizando la presencia de vehículos de energías alternativas aunque los procesos de producción manuales pueden resultar admirables. AMS visitó Motomachi para conocer la producción del vehículo de celdas de combustible de Toyota Parece adecuado que la fábrica donde Toyota produjo sus primeros vehículos ...

  • Focus, Ford Rayong
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    Colonised by China

    2017-09-05T15:27:19Z

    The underdeveloped but populous countries of South-East Asia could be rich pickings for Chinese OEMs Malaysia's domestic makers Japan dominates Indonesia Philippine production boom Thailand and Vietnam open up Mixed success for motorcycles Suppliers find opportunities The Chinese are now mounting their most serious ...

  • Kia
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    Troubled times

    2017-09-05T13:45:57Z

    New global politics and difficulties at home threaten the production and export hubs of Japan and Korea Nissan reforming Mitsubishi Production is laboured in Korea Motorcycle decline slowing Suppliers finding new partners Threats from the US to tear up free-trade agreements and impose tariffs on imported ...

  • Volvo S90 pre-production, Daqing of the new Volvo S90 in the Daqing manufacturing plant
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    Getting the green light

    2017-09-04T16:19:40Z

    Under government pressure, domestic and international OEMs in China are switching to new-energy vehicles US vehicle manufacturers Premium European brands European high-volume makers Japanese and Korean OEMs Motorcycle producers Suppliers The origins of Chinese vehicle manufacturing are rooted in technology transfers from European, US ...

  • APAC 2017
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    OUT NOW: Asia-Pacific special edition

    2017-08-30T10:36:44Z

    Given the political upheavals of the past year or so, these are uncertain times for global industry and trade. This includes the vast Asia-Pacific region which is home to some of the biggest players in the automotive industry, such as top producer Toyota (routinely number one or two worldwide in ...

  • Honda Prachinburi
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    Going with the flow

    2017-08-15T14:42:16Z

    AMS takes a look at Honda's innovative ARC production system, recently installed at Prachinburi in Thailand Described by Honda as a unique assembly line that differs from conventional systems by incorporating flowing cell production units into the main line, the newly developed Assembly Revolution Cell (ARC) line became operational ...

  • Mitsubishi Thailand
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    Rebooting Mitsubishi

    2017-08-15T11:37:14Z

    As the OEM is integrated into Renault-Nissan, new possibilities open up for its production in South-East Asia In October 2016, with its own fuel-economy scandal at its peak, Mitsubishi was subsumed within Nissan when the latter acquired a controlling 34% stake. Still flushed with the success of the Alliance with ...

  • Mirai, Toyota Motomachi
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    Making a Mirai-cle

    2017-08-14T10:44:07Z

    A lack of infrastructure is holding back the take up of alternatively powered vehicles, but the manufacturing process can be a wonder of manual labour. AMS went to Motomachi to see Toyota making its fuel-cell model It seems fitting that the factory where Toyota made its first passenger cars, ...

  • Honda Narsapura plant
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    Honda India two-wheeler production boost

    2017-08-10T11:52:59Z

    India – The addition of a fourth assembly line at Honda’s Narsapura plant will add another 600,000 units capacity, increasing the facility’s annual production capacity to 2.4m units. This latest expansion increases Honda 2Wheelers India’s total annual production capacity to 6.4 million units from its four plants. With this capacity ...

  • APAC renishaw 1
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    A precision touch

    2017-08-10T11:05:00Z

    Renishaw discusses the benefits of using machine tool probes for precision metrology in the manufacturing of forged wheels and car chassis The automotive industry is fiercely competitive. Tier-one automotive manufacturers are constantly looking for breakthroughs in areas such as performance, safety and innovative design, all of which places ...

  • Ellesmere Port Vauxhall
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    Mudanças à frente

    2017-08-09T10:40:19Z

    Os fabricantes que operam na Europa continuam a impulsionar o menor custo para o leste, já que os volumes globais de vendas na região se aproximam dos níveis anteriores à criseFabricantes como a Jaguar Land Rover, a Volkswagen, a Ford e a Daimler estão entre as que criam novas fábricas ...

  • Ellesmere Port Vauxhall
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    Tiempo de cambios en Europa

    2017-08-08T03:48:34Z

    Los productores que operan en Europa continúan avanzando hacia el este para reducir costes a medida que las ventas se acercan ya a niveles anteriores a la crisisLos constructores como Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen, Ford y Daimler se encuentran entre los que están construyendo nuevas plantas o expandiendo sus operaciones ...

  • Ellesmere Port Vauxhall
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    Changes ahead for Europe

    2017-08-04T16:00:35Z

    Manufacturers operating in Europe are continuing to push into the lower cost east as overall sales volumes in the region approach pre-crisis levels againMakers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen, Ford and Daimler are among those building new plants or expanding existing ones to take advantage of benefits such lower ...