All North America articles – Page 11

  • Forging the deal
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    Forging the deals

    2018-08-24T15:03:40Z

    Ian Henry examines the key trends in the North American automotive supplier sector where technological progress and feisty trade policies continue to present a range of business challengesWith rapid technology change across the sector as the automotive market accelerates into the era of electrification, the uncertainty over the future of ...

  • Nissan Smyrna
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    Stamp of approval

    2018-08-24T14:22:55Z

    Nissan’s Smyrna facility in Tennessee is home to the largest stamping plant in the Japanese OEM’s global network. Gareth Price reports Any visitors to the Nissan plant at Smyrna, Tennessee, can’t fail to notice the proclamation above the door, The highest volume plant in North America. There’s a strong ...

  • Gary Johnson Ford
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    Ford announces manufacturing lead

    2018-08-24T12:50:47Z

    US - Bruce Hettle, Ford's group vice president of manufacturing and labor affairs, is due to retire on 1 October, and will be replaced by Gary Johnson. In this role, Johnson will manage the operations of 67 assembly, stamping and powertrain production plants across the world. "Under Bruce’s leadership, Ford ...

  • HMMA Elantra line
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    Southern hospitality

    2018-08-24T12:29:47Z

    Gareth Price visits Hyundai’s major manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Alabama, as it welcomes the return of an SUV to its production lines Back in 2005, Hyundai’s plans to open its first US manufacturing facility came to fruition and the $1.7 billion automotive assembly and manufacturing plant in Montgomery, Alabama, was ...

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    Pacific standard

    2018-08-24T11:41:26Z

    Responding to the boom in SUV and crossover markets, the OEMs of Japan and Korea continue to invest in manufacturing operations across their long-established North American networks. Ian Henry reports Cross-border Corolla After a period of not investing in North America, Toyota is once again expanding in the region. It ...

  • OEM Europe N America
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    Transatlantic ventures

    2018-08-24T11:22:20Z

    Volvo is the latest European marque to take up a North American manufacturing base. As Ian Henry reports, it joins Germany’s giants in exploring the benefits while coping with the complexities…Steeled for battle in SpartanburgBMW has been very critical of the decision by President Trump to apply tariffs on steel ...

  • Cleveland DTNA
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    Spoilt for choice

    2018-08-24T11:19:00Z

    Eight different models are made at DTNA’s Cleveland plant, and a high level of customisation means that thousands of options are available to customers. Michael Nash reports

  • Nissan Smyrna 2019 Altima copy
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    Nissan upgrades US assembly plants

    2018-08-24T11:11:48Z

    US - The OEM has announced that it is spending $170m to support production of the new Altima, which is now entering its sixth generation, at its two plants in Smyrna, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi. The model is set to go on sale this fall. "Nissan's continued investment in our ...

  • N America OEM sites
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    Home truths

    2018-08-23T16:13:32Z

    Once the battles over tariffs settle down, North America”s own brands can focus on the rapid and significant changes the domestic market is demanding. Ian Henry reports With the uncertainty mounting regarding the future of NAFTA and the distinct possibility that President Trump will raise tariffs on EU car imports ...

  • Ford rouge ext
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    Rouge alert

    2018-08-23T16:12:00Z

    It’s been part of Ford real estate for more than a century but, as Gareth Price discovers, the historic Rouge Center houses a truck plant shaped for modern times

  • FCA Belvidere
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    A bigger, bolder Belvidere

    2018-08-23T15:31:39Z

    The transfer of the Jeep Cherokee production from Ohio to Illinois was the first part of FCA’s response to the growing demand for more SUVs. Mike Farish reportsOn 1 June last year production of the FCA Jeep Cherokee began at the company’s plant in Belvidere, Illinois, after transferring from its ...

  • The 2019 XT4
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    The X Factor

    2018-08-23T15:09:45Z

    As GM Fairfax gears up to build the new Cadillac XT4 alongside the existing Chevy Malibu sedan, Gareth Price travels to Kansas City to speaks to plant manager Bill Kulhanek about the new era What sort of preparations have you had to make for the new process? Have there been ...

  • NAFTA nations
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    NAFTA: the saga so far...

    2018-08-23T14:55:17Z

    Seven rounds of talks have taken place since NAFTA renegotiation began last year but the trio of nations are no closer to agreeing a deal . Nick Gibbs reports President Trump’s policies on trade relations continue to cause upheaval within the automotive industry. In the US, one of the biggest ...

  • Shuler acquires Farina
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    Schuler acquires press manufacturer

    2018-08-02T17:10:58Z

    Italy - The forming technology specialist Schuler has acquired Farina Presse - an Italian manufacturer of presses and forging lines. Schuler believes that the move will help it to cement its position in the automotive industry. "By acquiring Farina Presse, we have taken a further successful step in our product ...

  • Michael Nash GAF presentation copy
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    Travel blog: The American dream

    2018-07-31T10:53:42Z

    Everything in the US has a reputation for being big. The cities, the cars, even the food - it's all supersized in comparison to anything we have in Europe. So when obtaining content for our upcoming North American supplement, I decided to follow suit and go big by organising a ...

  • SEAT Algeria Ibiza Leon and Arona
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    SEAT starts assembling Arona and Leon

    2018-07-27T12:30:50Z

    Algeria - The Spanish OEM has started building the two models in the city of Relizane, Algeria, at a plant owned by the Volkswagen Group and Sovac. It already assembles the Ibiza here, but as SEAT vice president for marketing and sales Wayne Griffiths explained, localising Arona and Leon assembly ...

  • Philip Calhoun named VP of Nissan Canton
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    New VP to lead Nissan Canton

    2018-07-13T17:59:14Z

    USA – Nissan has announced senior management changes at its Canton, Mississippi facility. Effective 1 st September 2018, Philip Calhoun will take over as vice president Manufacturing at the plant. Calhoun will be based in Canton and report to Heath Holtz, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and ...

  • Volkswagen Rwanda assembly
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    VW starts assembly in Kigali

    2018-07-03T11:25:07Z

    Rwanda - The OEM has unveiled plans to expand its activities in Africa. As well as launching an app-based car- and ride-sharing scheme, it has started assembling the latest generations of its Polo and Passat models at a facility in Kigali - Rwanda's capital city. "Rwanda has great potential," noted ...

  • Cooper Standard sealing
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    Cooper Standard builds rubber facility

    2018-07-02T14:54:13Z

    Mexico - The company has started building a new rubber mixing facility in Aguascalientes. The plant represents an investment of US$11m, covers an area of 100,000 sq. ft, and will employ around 100 people when operating at full capacity. "The opening of our new in-house mixing facility in Mexico is ...

  • Manjit Singh Toyota
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    Toyota North America appoints CIO

    2018-06-26T11:48:58Z

    US - Manjit Singh has become chief information officer and group vice president of information systems at Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). He will work alongside Chris Tinto, group vice president of mobility, and Steve Basra, vice president of connected technology, to enhance profitability and develop digital systems. "We are ...