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    Register: Building the Green Machine

    2022-09-08T09:22:00Z

    Join this livestream on how vehicle manufacturers and suppliers are fast-tracking energy reduction, circular economy and greener materials to save costs and achieve decarbonisation goals, featuring experts from OEMs, SSAB and more. Thursday October 6 at 9.30 EST / 14.30 BST / 15.30 CEST

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    Watch: Are all OEMs start-up manufacturers now?

    2022-07-28T11:18:00Z

    In this livestream, learn how OEM start-ups can short time to market in manufacturing and re-engineer body structures, featuring the head of manufacturing at Volta Trucks and ArcelorMittal.

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    Battery Electric Vehicles – steel applications for the B-segment

    2022-07-05T07:07:00Z

    ArcelorMittal says with the B-segment looking to to be a mass market car for the EV market, an affordable, sustainable architecture is a fundamental requirement

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    What wireless battery management systems mean for sustainable EV manufacturing

    2022-03-10T10:54:00Z

    As the demand for EVs rises and OEMs rapidly roll out units, battery component manufacturers are looking to develop vital electrification ecosystems. A factor that is increasingly central to the manufacturing of EVs is a battery framework that simplifies the production process for new sustainable models.

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    BMW to invest $200m in new South Carolina press shop

    2022-03-07T14:31:00Z

    US BMW manufacturing CEO Dr Robert Engelhorn announced that the company would invest more than $200m to build a 219,000 sq. ft press shop at its South Carolina plant.

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    AMS EVolution summit returns with fresh new format and guest speakers

    2022-02-17T22:57:00Z

    The Automotive Manufacturing Solutions EVolution Summit returns this spring from 17th - 19th May with a brand-new format and with a mission to provide unique and exclusive insight into the world of automotive production.

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    Megacasting: a chance to rethink body manufacturing

    2022-02-10T05:31:00Z

    The aluminium die-casting process could revolutionise body construction. Professor Wolfram Volk, the department head for forming technology and casting at the Technical University of Munich, explains the advantages and disadvantages of so-called ‘mega’- or ‘gigacasting’.

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    Volvo investing $1.1 billion in Gothenburg site to support huge electrification push

    2022-02-08T14:06:00Z

    In the coming years, Volvo Cars will be investing SEK 10 billion ($1.1 billion) into its manufacturing plant in the Torslanda province of Gothenburg, Sweden, as preparation for the production of the next generation of fully electric cars.

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    The die is cast for Volvo’s future EV production

    2022-02-08T09:13:00Z

    One of the key pillars of Volvo’s investment in electric vehicles will be the application of aluminium megacasting to produce large structural parts. Mikael Fermér, solution architect for vehicle platforms at Volvo Cars, explains the significance of this change for EV production.

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    Automated sealing & sound deadening: Achieving an efficient application

    2021-12-15T16:10:00Z

    OEMs are moving towards fully automated paintshop, and this will include robotic application of sealant and protecting solution to the car body. The application of sealant and sound deadener presents a challenge to balance lightweight and protection of the body. SAMES KREMLIN presents a solution for efficient dispensing with a high-performance applicator and dosing unit

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    Multi Part Integration: Optimising vehicle structures

    2021-12-14T11:39:00Z

    Reducing materials use and vehicle weight are key considerations for OEMs. ArcelorMittal discusses its new Multi Part Integration concept and how this can simplify the vehicle production process

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    Heavy-duty lightweighting

    2021-10-25T17:22:00Z

    The heavy-duty, commercial vehicle sector faces the same challenges in terms of reducing its environmental footprint and is similarly developing alternative fuel vehicles. SSAB discusses how truck OEMs can leverage the car maker’s lightweighting lessons

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    Aluminium applications

    2021-09-30T17:41:00Z

    Electric vehicles battery enclosures are increasing overall vehicle weight, with lightweight materials for structural components, such as castings, can offset the rise. Rio Tinto’s Jerome Fourmann tells Nick Holt about new opportunities and production innovations 

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    Lightweighting of the future: Lotus reveals blueprints underpinning new EV sports range

    2021-09-23T09:07:00Z

    Lotus Cars has unveiled its full range of EV performance cars demonstrating innovations in lightweight chassis technology for the production of its electric sports vehicles. According to the company, they will be essential in both performances of electric vehicles, as well as in maintaining efficiency in manufacturing.

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    Stress test: new modelling approach for component fatigue testing

    2021-09-16T18:36:00Z

    The development of lightweight structures and components for electric vehicles has created a demand for more comprehensive and modern test-and-measurement processes to evaluate component fatigue and service life. Lucia Barbu, research professor and project coordinator at Fatigue4light gives insight into the challenges and solutions

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    Porsche production: moving faster around the bend

    2021-09-07T12:21:00Z

    Porsche’s manufacturing chief, Albrecht Reimold, explains the carmaker’s progress towards sustainable, connected manufacturing as it gears up to build more electric vehicles.

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    BMW expands plant in Mexico to build 2 Series Coupé

    2021-09-06T19:35:00Z

    The 2 Series Coupé will be produced exclusively in Mexico for the global market. The plant has seen further investments of $125 million over the last 2 years, which has expanded its operations significantly.

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    Cost and opportunity: experts unveil the contradictions at the core of lightweighting EVs

    2021-08-09T16:10:00Z

    Lightweighting has become one of the most important features when it comes to designing EVs. As calls for more sustainable production practices become louder, creators are looking at new innovative ways to lighten the load.

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    Thinking outside the box: lightweight battery enclosures

    2021-07-27T09:47:00Z

    The lightweighting of electric vehicle (EV) structures is a key element in helping to extend the endurance ranges necessary to accelerate their increasing adoption. A specific target for weight reduction is the compartment used to house the batteries

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    Lightweighting the EV is a challenge to celebrate

    2021-07-12T09:43:00Z

    There is a new impetus to save weight as vehicles become powered by electric powertrains. Reducing the weight of a vehicle by optimising the mix of materials and the application in design is now a key focus.