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  • Peter Bosch
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    Bosch to guide Bentley’s production

    2017-08-31T11:07:56Z

    UK – Effective November 1, Peter Bosch becomes the OEM’s member of the board for Manufacturing. He succeeds Michael Straughan, who is leaving Bentley Motors to pursue other career opportunities. Bosch is joining Bentley from Volkswagen Group’s headquarters at Wolfsburg, Germany, where he served as head of Production Strategy, ...

  • GAC FCA Guangzhou
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    Speed of thought

    2017-08-30T15:57:57Z

    A well-educated workforce within a tried-and-tested process model enables the GAC FCA plant at Guangzhou to achieve rapid ramp-ups. AMS went to the WCM-designed plant in China to take a look at the production In April, 2016, Jeep Renegades began rolling off the assembly line at a brand new ...

  • Hyundai Ulsan
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    Bigger not always better

    2017-08-15T09:58:40Z

    The largest automotive manufacturing complex in the world boasts five high-tech plants, but sales slumps and strikes have affected output at Hyundai Ulsan. AMS paid a visit to Fifth Plant to see Genesis production There is no place in the automotive world like Hyundai Ulsan. With five vehicle plants ...

  • 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, ...

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    VW makes production appointments

    2017-08-08T16:41:38Z

    Germany – Andreas Krüger will become head of Product Line Small, Stefan Gies will be head of Product Line Mid-/Fullsize and Friedrich Eichler will be head of Chassis Development. The appointments will be effective from September 1. After joining VW at Wolfsburg in 1991, Krüger went on to take senior ...

  • cobot222
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    A collaborative future

    2017-08-04T16:19:21Z

    The use of collaborative robots in automotive assembly operations is gaining pace. AMS reports on the applications, technology and why this is a growing trend A new robot went into operation just a year ago at the BMW plant in Dingolfing, Germany. But this machine is not a massive, ...

  • Audi A8
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    Material world

    2017-07-13T15:56:00Z

    Inside its new bodyshop at Neckarsulm, Audi applies an enterprising mix across materials and joining technologies for its latest luxury sedan.

  • Faro
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    Eyes of the factory

    2017-07-08T15:26:22Z

    As Industry 4.0 continues to reshape production processes and our working environments, experts in measuring and imaging technology can offer solid support Industry 4.0, cyber-physical systems or the Internet of Things: the paradigm shift in the production economy is cheerfully progressing under various names. What they all refer to is ...

  • Zuffen analysis 300DPI
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    Cube route

    2017-07-08T13:45:00Z

    Data-led analysis and audit are helping Porsche to maintain and enhance its production quality values

  • BMW Dingolfing
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    Smarter and safer

    2017-07-03T14:32:08Z

    As production facilities grow in complexity through the interconnection of cyber, physical and human capabilities, automotive manufacturers are encountering additional safety risks alongside new possibilities Automotive manufacturing is entering what Christian Dunckern, head of BMW Group Production System, Planning, Toolmaking and Plant Engineering, calls “the time of smart devices and ...

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    Joining forces

    2017-06-23T15:16:57Z

    Complex parts, precision fits, no margin for error; it’s no wonder automation is such a vital ingredient of successful powertrain assembly lines Modern lines are faster, safer and more reliable than ever before, thanks in large part to automation. While intensive, dedicated lines designed for high-volume throughput were the preserve ...

  • ATI Robotic Tool Changer and Force-Torque Sensor mounted on the wrist of the robot
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    Joining forces

    2017-06-23T10:25:24Z

    Complex parts, precision fits, no margin for error; it’s no wonder automation is such a vital ingredient of successful powertrain assembly lines Modern lines are faster, safer and more reliable than ever before, thanks in large part to automation. While intensive, dedicated lines designed for high-volume throughput were the preserve ...

  • Jim Hackett
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    Ford hopes new top team can Hackett

    2017-05-22T10:48:36Z

    US – Replacing Mark Fields, who is retiring after 28 years with the company, Jim Hackett will become president and CEO, reporting to executive chairman Bill Ford. The OEM also named Jim Farley, Joe Hinrichs and Marcy Klevorn in new leadership roles under Hackett. Hackett held senior positions outside the ...

  • DTP_SKV_0706
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    Open-door opportunity

    2017-05-10T10:41:51Z

    Much R&D work has been done to reduce the weight of vehicle structures, but closures still represent a significant opportunity for weight savingsClosures are mounted after body assembly and can be built up off-line, meaning that they can be made of entirely different materials, such as aluminium, to the vehicle’s ...

  • 2015 Ford F-150 frame and body
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    Growth and innovation

    2017-05-10T10:02:47Z

    Reduced costs, recyclability and new joining technologies are driving the use of aluminium in automotive structures Ford's switch from steel to aluminium for the body of its F-Series trucks was called its ‘billion-dollar gamble’. But the carmaker felt that the opportunity to shed some 300kg of weight from the vehicle ...

  • Fraunhofer-ILT car door with FRP reinforcing brace demonstrates laser-assisted joining of plastic-metal compounds
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    Beaming with benefits

    2017-05-10T09:21:40Z

    Clean, flexible and able to provide quality assurance data, laser technology is now proving effective in welding plastics A recent report released by Credence Research suggests that the US welding equipment industry for plastics is undergoing a period of explosive growth. The industry was valued at $595.3m in 2015, and ...

  • Trumpf's I-PFO is suited to the laser welding of doors, seats, sun roofs and other large body parts 2
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    Under the spotlight

    2017-04-13T14:55:55Z

    With current demand for lightweighting so voracious, there are many applications in which OEMs are looking to spot weld mixed-material assemblies Trumpf's I-PFO is suited to the laser welding of doors, seats, sun roofs and other large body partsWith high thermal and electrical conductivity plus the very high electrical resistance ...

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    Mazda Hofu to make new CX-5

    2017-03-13T15:02:13Z

    Japan – The plant in Yamaguchi prefecture will start producing the vehicle in November, joining the Ujina factory in Hiroshima where it is already manufactured. Mazda says the production launch is in response to growing worldwide demand for SUVs. “As with the CX-3, starting production of the CX-5 ...

  • VA_JyrkiNurmi_S3A0654
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    Under contract

    2017-03-07T11:25:05Z

    Valmet Automotive is experiencing rapid growth with a new Daimler contract to build its GLC SUV, partnership with a leading Chinese battery supplier and engineering acquisitions in EuropeIt might have been a chilly -12°C outside the Uusikaupunki plant on the day of our visit, but things are certainly heating up ...

  • Osamu Nagata
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    Toyota makes American appointments

    2017-03-01T10:19:20Z

    US – The changes, effective from April 1, are intended to “strengthen regional integration in North America”, according to Jim Lentz, Toyota’s CEO for the area. The company announced in April 2014 that it was establishing new headquarters at Plano, Texas, for its North American manufacturing, sales and ...