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Carbon composite footprint

2019-09-16T15:01:00+01:00By James Bakewell

EV development has made lightweighting vehicle structures a priority. James Bakewell reports on the increased role for carbon fibre-reinforced plastics

Roechling Automotive Slovakia

Röchling Automotive opens new Slovakia plant

2019-07-24T10:00:00+01:00By AMS

Slovakia - The new plant will be used to make a variety of different components for Daimler, JLR and PSA. 

Carbon 3D printing

Suppliers partner to enable high-volume 3D printing

2019-07-17T13:47:00+01:00By AMS

Germany - Covestro and Carbon are hoping to make 3D printing applicable for mass volume applications

BMW 7 Series final inspection Dingolfing

A blaze in Bavaria

2019-07-09T10:58:00+01:00By Michael Nash

The foundations have been laid at BMW’s Dingolfing plant to make more electrified models and components, but more is yet to come. Michael Nash reports

GKN opening headquarters Michigan

GKN opens 3D printing customer centre

2019-05-28T14:55:00+01:00By AMS

US - GKN Powder Metallurgy has opened its new headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The 38,260sq.ft facility also includes an additive manufacturing customer centre.

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Customising production

2019-04-10T13:30:00+01:00By James Bakewell

James Bakewell reports on BMW’s growing use of additively produced parts in both vehicle personalising and series production applications

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Access to accuracy

2019-01-08T11:14:00+00:00By Perceptron

Böllinger Höfe

A high-performance build

2019-01-04T12:10:00+00:00By Mike Farish

The Audi R8 series of sports cars is described as being closer to motor racing than any other on-the-road vehicles. Mike Farish takes a closer look at the manufacturing operation

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A focus on fibres

2018-11-27T15:21:00+00:00By James Bakewell

Lightweight, high-strength benefits are being offset by materials and process costs. James Bakewell looks at the challenges of making carbon fibre cost effective

BMW Dingolfing

Sticking together

2018-11-27T15:07:00+00:00By ams_jamesbakewell

The use of a wide variety of materials throws-up significant production challenges and chief among those is joining. How can this plethora of materials be fixed together without affecting their structural integrity or their individual characteristics?

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Raising the roof

2018-11-19T10:51:00+00:00By Inos Automation

Alpine A110 Dieppe

Alpine scales new heights

2018-10-26T16:19:36+01:00By Nick Gibbs

One of the most interesting plant revivals in the last 12 months has been Renault’s overhaul of its factory in Dieppe, which now builds the A110 sports car. Nick Gibbs reports

Williams platform

Grid reference

2018-10-22T14:28:10+01:00By Mike Farish

Mike Farish visits Williams Advanced Engineering to see how the company delivers a distinctive F1 take on an innovative electric vehicle platform

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Making metal add up

2018-09-13T12:30:55+01:00By Mike Farish

Additively manufactured metal parts present a challenge for high-volume production but at the other end of the scale, engineers are successfully developing the process for specialist, low volume parts. Mike Farish reports

Volvo Cars recycled plastics

Waste not...

2018-09-13T12:03:32+01:00By ams_karenmccandless

Karen McCandless reports on vehicle-maker recycling projects ranging from plastic bottles to electric vehicle batteries

TOYOTA Final Assembly

Expanding and restructuring

2018-09-12T12:48:10+01:00By Ian Henry

As the move to electrified and autonomous vehicles accelerates, Toyota is expanding in both technology areas and restructuring its operations. Ian Henry reports

Machine setter Darren Evans maintains the wiper action created using the tool with Citizen’s LFV technology creates a superior surface finish

The problem with plastic

2018-07-26T16:41:37+01:00By ams_Steedwebzell

With automotive manufacturers looking at ever increasing levels of plastic-based materials content, Steed Webzell examines the challenges for machine shops

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Steel makes a strong case

2018-07-26T16:40:00+01:00By James Bakewell

With the push for powertrain electrification gaining strength producers of high-strength steel are preparing themselves to capitalise reports James Bakewell

tesa Thermosetting adhesive tapes

Thermosetting adhesive tapes

2018-07-12T17:19:38+01:00By Nick Holt

tesa’s claims its reactive HAF thermosetting adhesive tapes have been designed for use in creating compact lightweight designs that reduce emissions and fuel consumption. The company says these tapes feature an adhesive layer that contains nitrile rubber and a phenolic resin, and when heated a chemical reaction is started that ...

Pre-production of the new Volvo S90 in the Daqing manufacturing plant

A global future

2018-05-29T10:29:38+01:00By Ian Henry