All Interiors articles – Page 5

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    Benecke-Changshun celebrates tenth anniversary


    China – The joint venture between Benecke-Kaliko and Jiangsu-Changshun supplies vehicle interior materials to the Chinese market, operating two production and development locations within the country. Benecke-Changshun Auto Trim was founded in Zhangjiagang, where it now employs 450 personnel in the manufacture of foils for automotive interiors, exclusively for ...

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    SSAB – Sitting comfortably with Faurecia


    The design of automotive seating has evolved radically over the past four decades. Anna McQueen reports on the developments in materials, sustainability and weight reduction The first focus on seat design from a safety perspective really came about in the 1970s. At that time, millions of people were dying ...

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    Control quality – visit the 2015 show


    This year's 29th Control international fair will exhibit services and products relevant to auto engineeringThe Control international fair has always felt less overtly commercial, and more academic and scientific in tone compared with other major engineering trade shows. Yet nobody involved in the event could fail to recognise the impact ...

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    KJR in expansion programme


    UK – The Coventry-based manufacturer of high-specification car interiors has secured £1.1m of funding to purchase new plant and tooling equipment to cater to increased demand from its clients.As well as enabling KJ Ryan (KJR) to buy new equipment, the funding will provide additional working capital to increase the company’s ...

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    The rise of robotics


    Robots now play a key role in boosting quality, reliability and efficiency at automotive plants worldwideRobot sales to the automotive sector have increased from 19,300 in 2009 to 69,400 in 2013, with China, Germany, the US and Japan the main takers. Indeed, a recent report by independent business information provider, ...

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    T Sarangarajan, Hyundai Chennai


    The vice-president – Production discusses operations at the OEM's very modern plant at Chennai, where the bodyshop is almost fully automated and there is an in-house aluminium casting capability AMS : Could you tell us about the aluminium casting facility at this site? T Sarangarajan (TS): It is a very ...

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    Steel's stiff competition


    New developments have made composite materials an increasingly viable option in vehicle manufacturingThe phrase ‘the right material in the right place’ has become something of a mantra for vehicle-makers in recent years in their efforts to reduce the weight of their cars. While the use of aluminium is increasing, many ...

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    Super colour vision


    The latest technologies, including 3D dirt detection, can significantly improve the efficacy of colour identification in a range of automotive production applications At first glance, colour appears to be a fairly straightforward concept. However, when it comes to checking and measurement, it rapidly becomes a complex entity that demands ...

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    Supplying South America


    Our special regional edition , the first in a series, contains insights from industry experts with a significant presence in South America: Comau , Schenck RoTec , Geico Taikisha , Siemens , Kuka , Carl Zeiss and EMAG . Now available online in four languages – English, Portuguese, Spanish ...

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    South America special issue


    The first in our series of regional supplements covering the most important automotive markets in the world is now available online in four languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese. This special edition provides in-depth information about the activities of key OEMs and tier suppliers in South America, and how ...

  • Francisco Maciel

    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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    Mantenerse en forma


    La producción de vehículos aumenta en Brasil, el vicepresidente de Faurecia Interior Systems para Sudamérica, Francisco Maciel, cuenta a Joanne Perry que los interiores se mantienen relativamente simples Leer el artículo completo en inglés

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    Ficando em forma


    Conforme o volume de produção de veículos cresce no Brasil, o vice-presidente de sistemas de interiores da Faurecia na América do Sul, Francisco Maciel, conta a Joanne Perry que os interiores permanecem relativamente simples Leia o artigo completo em inglês

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    Competitively commercial


    As Mercedes-Benz earmarks $1bn for its CV operations in Brazil, AMS tours final assembly at the São Bernardo do Campo plant, which plays a part in producing the entire Latin American truck line-up “Today, Brazil is the most important sales market for our trucks worldwide,” said Stefan Buchner, head of ...

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    Manmade in Modena


    As Maserati volumes grow, its old plant in north Italy is still using traditional means to make modern carsMaserati’s factory at Modena, northern Italy, is one of the oldest in the country and one of the most traditional in terms of its assembly; and yet it is also home to ...

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    Magna to expand Trnava Interiors Plant


    Slovakia – The manufacturing facility will nearly double in size to more than 15,500 sq.m, supporting its production of interior components such as door panels, instrument panels and armrests for various global vehicle-makers. Ralf Link, general manager of Magna Interiors Trnava, said the expansion was “proof that we are ...

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    Expanding interiors in China


    Increased vehicle production in China has led suppliers to stengthen their presence there too, with the enouragement of the OEMs The rapid growth of Chinese production by global vehicle manufacturers has been one of the most notable trends in the automotive industry in recent years; for example, Volkswagen has opened ...

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    Multi-material, lightweight car concept unveiled


    US – The project by Ford and Magna International, which was co-funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE), used advanced material solutions to achieve a weight saving of almost 25% compared with the industry standard.The multi-material, lightweight vehicle (MMLV) concept is based on the production version of a 2013 ...

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    Investing in Ingolstadt


    The Audi production complex will complete a €1 billion upgrade by the end of next year; AMS takes a look Audi’s headquarters at Ingolstadt, north of Munich, is much more than an administrative, technical and manufacturing hub these days. The usable area of the site covers 2.1m sq. m ...

  • SSAB

    Absorbing competition


    Lightweighting is driving continuous improvement in all materials, but especially steelLighter weight equals less power equals lower carbon emissions. The equation is simple and the quest to find ever-lighter materials for use in automotive production is unending. Aluminium is a lot lighter, plastics are both lighter and easier to form ...