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  • Melfi assembly hall
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    The billion euro plant

    2015-11-23T17:55:44Z

    FCA has invested heavily in its plant at Melfi to create a state-of-the-art production facility The workforce at Fiat’s Melfi factory gave a huge cheer when, back in 2012, FCA head Sergio Marchionne announced that the ailing plant was to receive a €1 billion (£700 million) investment to make two ...

  • Hambach plant, production of the new smart fortwo
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    Daimler-Renault-Nissan – The alliance in action

    2015-07-29T15:22:20Z

    b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"We conclude our review of Daimler’s partnership with Renault and Nissan with a look at platform and production sharing projects The preceding articles set out the background to and rationale behind the alliance between Daimler and Renault-Nissan. In this article, we look at each of ...

  • Civic Type R Line-Off Event
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    First Civic Type R off the line at Honda Swindon

    2015-07-03T16:53:09Z

    UK – The first production models of the Civic Type R have rolled off the line at the Japanese carmaker’s UK plant. Addressing those gathered for the event, Soichiro Takizawa, managing director at HUM, took the opportunity to thank staff for their continued commitment and hard work. The new Honda ...

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    Watch Cadillac joining a CT6 body

    2015-01-26T11:45:57Z

    GM has announced a new combination of joining technologies for the Cadillac CT6. The methods are in use at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, Michigan.  

  • Hams Hall, BMW
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    Hams Hall ramps up for BMWi engine production

    2014-07-17T14:05:35Z

    UK – A new facility has been developed within the Birmingham plant for production of the three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo technology petrol engines, the first of a new generation to be built there. Powered by engines produced exclusively at Hams Hall, the first of BMW’s plug-in hybrid sports cars ...

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    Interview: Karim Mikkiche, Renault-Nissan Alliance

    2014-02-27T16:27:48Z

    The managing director of RNTBCI talks economical engineering with AMS ‘Frugal engineering’. It’s a phrase you hear a lot at the joint Renault-Nissan technical centre in India, the only one within the Alliance to serve both brands, and now also the newly resurrected Datsun. But ‘Frugal engineering’ is not ...

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    GM sells Peugeot Citroen equity

    2014-01-13T12:15:04Z

    US – The 7% stake, representing over 24 million shares, was sold through private placement to institutional investors and generated gross proceeds of €0.25 billion. General Motors announced that there would be no public offering of the securities in the US; the offer and sale of the shares will ...

  • rm1
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    Reality meets potential

    2010-05-01T16:21:54Z

    GM production set-up Modules Going global Rapid response Implementing efficiencies Engine and chassis production Brazilian manufacturing chiefs from GM, PSA and Daimler reveal the key factors supporting record production figures - and whether those numbers are sustainable The retail prices of new cars in Brazil have, like a lot of ...

  • vo1
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    Variations on a colour theme

    2010-05-01T11:13:41Z

    Limitless possibilities PSA’s Pierre Budar explains how production of the new Citroën DS3 hatchback has been organised to allow for the car’s twotone paint finish. The DS3 is the first model in Citroën’s new line which will ultimately feature three distinctively styled cars; DS3, DS4 and DS5. Key to their ...

  • all1
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    Alliance develops common process

    2010-05-01T10:34:06Z

    Michel Gornet, Executive Vice-President, Manufacturing and Logistics, talks about the Renault-Nissan Alliance´s new plant in Chennai, India and reviews the company’s global manufacturing activities. AMS: Why did you decide to build a factory in India? What are the advantages? MG: India represents an important market for Nissan. India will be ...

  • st1
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    New survival strategies at GM and Mitsubishi

    2010-05-01T09:45:12Z

    Future solutions NedCar future Cross-brand co-operation It is an observation of gross understatement to say that Nick Reilly, President of GM Europe and CEO of Opel/Vauxhall, has his work cut out for him. Having taken the lead role in the reorganization of Opel on an interim basis after the resignation ...

  • ja1
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    Raising the roof at Jaguar

    2010-03-01T15:55:45Z

    Expert partners Too smooth for a vision system The new Jaguar XJ features among its generous list of standard equipment the first full-glass roof on a Jaguar. This toughened Webasto glass roof is a defining feature of the new model, adding an ‘architectural lightness’ to the car’s exterior. A special ...

  • x1
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    Leipzig gets the X-factor

    2010-03-01T14:57:22Z

    New press shop for Leipzig Adjusting production processes Setting up the supply chain Model development Production of the X1 crossover has started at BMW’s plant in Leipzig, Germany and that of the 3-Series saloon has halted. Although taking design cues from the X5 SUV, the smaller X1 features an all-new ...

  • uf1
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    Ultimate flexibility

    2010-03-01T14:14:37Z

    People Power Logistics and weather World-class flexibility Part delivery Working with labour Technologies put in place at Kia Motors Slovakia seem to back up the claim that it is the company’s – and perhaps the world’s – most efficient automotive production plant. In Kyu Bae, President and CEO of Kia ...

  • pp1
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    Pushing boundaries at Ford India

    2010-03-01T09:53:09Z

    Part delivery Signal interference Increased automation A better body shop Pioneering paint shop technology All in one place Preparing for exports While car sales in China have tended to grab the recent headlines, sales in India – and particularly small car sales - continue to increase at a break-neck pace, ...

  • rp1
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    Rapide production

    2010-01-01T15:44:23Z

    Oven ready Fine tuning the product Paint and final assembly First four-door since Lagonda With Aston Martin’s Gaydon, UK facility nearing capacity, the carmaker has elected to work with Austria’s Magna Steyr for production of its Rapide fourdoor sports car. "A year ago, this building was an empty shell. From ...

  • at1
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    All that Jazz

    2010-01-01T15:00:13Z

    In September 2008, Honda finalised plans to start production of the second generation Jazz at its Swindon, UK facility. One year later, the car went into series production. To discover how Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) has managed to implement production of the Jazz city car in just 12 ...

  • em1
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    Electrification – market stagnation?

    2010-01-01T12:20:09Z

    Challenges and opportunities for component suppliers Transfer the quality of present-day machine tools to new fields of application GROB Hall 16, Stand G36 ISCAR Hall 9, Stands A21, B45 and D09 MAG Powertrain, MAG Europe Hall 16, Stand G34 The future, it would appear, belongs to the “electrifiers”. Audi, for ...

  • dd1
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    The dragon defies the downturn

    2010-01-01T11:27:09Z

    GM China - common practices and global systems Upper segment boom Labour laws – improving but still restrictive Production equipment – German versus local Great Wall - a domestic tiger High strength from hand-welding and finishing Labour and skill sets Hyundai - dealing with demand New technologies increase speed Quality ...

  • beauty-1
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    Beauty on a budget at Farbio

    2009-11-01T16:23:18Z

    Engineering for production Cunning carbon fibre solutions Supply strategies Paintshop and final assembly Testing times ahead There have been many attempts to bring exclusive, low-volume supercars to market, but the truth is that few of these projects have ever seen paying customers taking delivery of finished vehicles. Building a single, ...