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    Influential India


    India’s automotive component sector is relishing its new place on the international stageChanges in the Indian component sector have prompted growth in the role of its companies worldwide in recent years. Likewise, European, Japanese and American suppliers have moved into India. Until around a decade ago, the Indian automotive components ...


    Driving customer performance


    In business since 1973, noted cutting room authority Lectra has established an industry-leading position by helping customers to achieve operational excellence through a unique combination of expertise, advanced technologies and best-in-class services. As the privileged partner to a broad portfolio of premier businesses, Lectra provides integrated cutting room solutions for ...

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    Interior angles


    Despite much merger, acquisition and joint ventures, the automotive interiors market remains fragmented Seats and dashboards/cockpits are the two largest segments of the interiors market, both in terms of component size and value. Historically these components have been supplied by a mixture of in-house and independent suppliers, while in recent ...

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    Interiors: An inside look


    Despite many mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, the automotive interiors market remains fragmented Seats and dashboards/cockpits are the two largest segments of the interiors market, both in terms of component size and value. Historically, these components have been supplied by a mixture of in-house and independent suppliers, while in recent ...

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    Adams to lead Lectra in North America


    US – As president of the region, Jason Adams will develop the company’s presence in the US, Canada, Mexico and Central American markets, in automotive and the other industries it serves. He will be based in Atlanta, Georgia, and report to Lectra CEO Daniel Harari. Before joining Lectra, Adams served ...

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    Taking Control of quality


    AMS previews the array of quality-assurance technologies that will be on display at the Control 2016 show Control 2016 – the International Trade Fair for Quality Assurance – is celebrating its 30th anniversary by featuring techniques and hardware used in quality assurance, including conventional mechatronic measuring systems, ...

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    Integrating interiors


    AMS visits IAC’s newly expanded operation at Halewood to witness its close integration with JLR International Automotive Components’ (IAC) operations in Halewood, UK, make various interior elements for the Jaguar Land Rover Discovery Sport and Evoque. According to Trevor Warner, general plant manager, these parts are delivered on a ...

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    GAZ Nizhny Novgorod: A new regime


    Systematic investment since 2010 has modernised the facilities, production processes and workforce skills at GAZ's key factory. The new discipline has improved efficiency and quality at this complex operation Even before you reach the production areas of the GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod, the site’s character is made apparent by ...

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    Ford to mimic nature for adhesives


    US – The OEM’s researchers will study the special abilities of the gecko to explore new solutions for interior adhesives which will improve sustainability. Ford said it will partner with Proctor & Gamble (P&G) as both companies look to bio-mimicry “for a host of business solutions”. The gecko is ...

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    BMW: Achieving Brilliance in China


    Anton Heiss, senior vice-president for Technology and Manufacturing, discusses BMW’s manufacturing success in China, where its Tiexi complex can be considered a production benchmark AMS : It has been stated that Tiexi is the most sustainable vehicle manufacturing plant in China. Is the plant used as a manufacturing benchmark in ...

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    Specific lubricants to prevent unwanted vehicle noises


    Klüber Lubrication offers a kit of 14 damping lubricants that match the individual requirements of its customers. These speciality lubricants reduce noises generated by vibration and friction as well as the creaking and squeaking of ventilation valves, sun visors, window lifters and other components, claims the company. The company says ...

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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 ...

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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 engineering The 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 ...

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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 ...

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    The rise of robotics


    Robots now play a key role in boosting quality, reliability and efficiency at automotive plants worldwide Robot 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 ...

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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 manufacturing The 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, ...

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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 ...