All North America articles – Page 7

  • GM Flint Assembly Chevrolet Silverado
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    GM hedges bets on pick-ups

    2019-06-13T09:40:00Z

    GM has made two recent investments in order to boost production of its best-selling pick-up trucks in the US

  • GM Fort Wayne plant
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    GM upgrades Fort Wayne plant

    2019-05-31T13:58:00Z

    General Motors is spending a significant amount to increase production of two new pick-ups

  • GKN opening headquarters Michigan
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    GKN opens 3D printing customer centre

    2019-05-28T14:55:00Z

    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. ”We are excited to start a new journey in Auburn Hills with a space that is dedicated to our team, our community and the advanced ...

  • CAP_SV2_7317
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    US plants – stick or twist?

    2019-04-10T13:42:00Z

    Several carmakers have recently outlined plans to alter their production activities in the US. Some announcements have been positive, with large investments being made to build new facilities as well as upgrade existing ones. Others have detailed plant closures. Here we provide an overview of the latest news regarding those ...

  • Ford Focus Saarlouis
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    Tariffs: controversy reigns with Trump and Brexit adding to confusion

    2019-03-20T13:21:00Z

    In President Trump somewhat simplistic analysis, trade wars fought through the medium of tariffs are easy to win. Angered, apparently, by seeing too many Mercedes and BMWs on Fifth Avenue, Trump has threatened to invoke section 232 of the 1962 US Trade Expansion Act, raising tariffs from ...

  • Eaton-Cummins-Automated-Transmission-Technologies
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    Eaton and Cummins venture forth

    2019-03-04T12:19:00Z

    To face an ever-widening array challenges, automotive manufacturing has seen numerous instances of partnerships, alliances, mergers and acquisitions entered into as a means to stay healthy Back in 2017, power management company Eaton and engine manufacturer Cummins formed a joint venture for automated transmissions for heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial ...

  • BMW-adhesive-on-windows
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    Augmented assistance

    2019-03-04T11:36:00Z

    Visit any car manufacturing plant in the world and the majority of production equipment will be similar. The real differences between factories are the human workers and the way in which technology is used to optimise their environment

  • Honda Swindon Civic
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    Honda closure deals blow to UK

    2019-02-19T13:06:00Z

    Honda has announced plans to close its Swindon plant at the end of the current model’s production lifecycle in 2021. The statement, which was published on the company’s website, refers to the changing nature of the global auto industry and Honda’s “commitment to electrified cars” as the main reasons behind ...

  • Volkswagen Chattanooga
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    Volkswagen selects EV production base

    2019-01-15T15:12:00Z

    US - Volkswagen has announced that it will use its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee as a base for electric vehicle manufacturing in North America. It currently makes the Atlas SUV and Passat sedan at the factory. “The US is one of the most important locations for us and producing ...

  • Assembly A8 at the Neckarsulm site
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    New chapter, different story?

    2019-01-02T15:42:00Z

    International expansion continues but, as Ian Henry reports, Audi’s long-term role within the VW Group is now under scrutiny Audi is expanding globally, notably in China, as it seeks to escape from its recent controversial past. Having been complicit in the diesel scandal affecting Volkswagen Group, it has been ...

  • Audi production in Algeria
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    Three Audi models enter production

    2018-12-12T12:07:57Z

    Algeria - Assembly of the Audi A3 Sportback, A3 Sedan and Q2 has started in Relizane. The plant is operated by Sovac Production S.P.A - a joint venture between the German OEM and the Algerian car dealer Sovac. "This entry into the Group’s multi-brand factory is a logical step into ...

  • GM Spot-Welding On Cadillac CT6 at Hamtramck
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    Seven plant closures at GM

    2018-11-27T15:38:00Z

    In a bid to operate more efficiently and to cater for consumer demand, General Motors has announced plans to close seven different plants across the world. Five of these are in North America, while the location of the two remaining plants set to close is yet to be released. Capacity ...

  • DTNA chassis
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    Building on framework

    2018-11-19T16:12:00Z

    The Freightliner Custom Chassis plant in Gaffney, South Carolina, houses a diverse assembly mix, and has recently taken on a new project Gaffney is a small town sitting off the beaten track. It was previously described as ‘the peach capital’ of South Carolina, with the local economy dependant on orchards ...

  • ZF ATS2019
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    Piecing it all together

    2018-11-06T11:23:00Z

    Ian Henry identifies six themes from the moves, mergers and makeovers underway in the global automotive tier supply sector Six themes characterise the automotive supply sector at present, namely: ongoing M A, the financial challenges faced by the supply base, restructuring and realignment of product portfolios, investment in new ...

  • 8-Crash boxes ready for assembly to crash management systems. (Constellium White, GA)
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    White light

    2018-10-30T15:01:43Z

    Michael Nash visits Constellium’s new plant in White, Georgia, from where it supplies BMW with aluminium crash management systems The rise of electrification is having a huge impact on vehicle manufacturers and their product portfolios, with many promising to launch a wide variety of new battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in ...

  • Hyundai Kia wearable technology
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    Hyundai/Kia test wearables

    2018-10-25T16:57:25Z

    South Korea - The companies have recently demonstrated the use of the Hyundai chairless exoskeleton (H-CEX), and now plans on testing the Hyundai vest exoskeleton (H-VEX) technology. These could then be used at plants across North America before the end of 2018. "The field of robotics has the potential to ...

  • John Savona Ford
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    Ford names VP of manufacturing

    2018-10-19T15:47:23Z

    US - John Savona has been appointed vice president of North American manufacturing. He is now responsible for the company's entire production footprint across the country, which consists of over 30 plants. "John has nearly 30 years of experience in Ford manufacturing, having held leadership positions in many of our ...

  • TOYOTA Final Assembly
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    Expanding and restructuring

    2018-09-12T12:48:00Z

    As the move to electrified and autonomous vehicles accelerates, Toyota is expanding in both technology areas and restructuring its operations. Ian Henry reports Toyota is making a number of key organisational changes to simplify and rationalise its operations in response to the fast-changing automotive market. As of the end ...

  • Mercedes-Benz Vans opens new Sprinter plant in North Charleston
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    Sprinter production starts in US

    2018-09-10T12:35:05Z

    US - Mercedes-Benz Vans has started making the Sprinter in North Charleston, South Carolina. This follows on from an investment of US$500m in the facility, which was announced back in March 2015. "The USA is already the second largest market for our Sprinter today," commented Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz ...

  • VW Africa
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    VW to build two new plants

    2018-09-03T14:19:50Z

    Ghana - The OEM has signed memorandums of understanding with the governments of Ghana and Nigeria, revealing plans to build a plant in each country. VW thinks it could turn Nigeria into an "automotive hub," where it already operates a small facility with an output of around 5,000 vehicles a ...