All OEMs articles – Page 2

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    Making at Maranello


    A new beginningComponent deliveryKeeping up the numbersAlthough aluminium usage remains piecemeal when it comes to production of standard vehicles, Ferrari has a proven track record of using the material. While the recent 612 Scaglietti and F430 were respectively the company’s first all aluminium-bodied V12 and V8 models, Ferrari has been ...

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    Green = lean at Reva


    US production for the Reva NXREfficient beautyVolvo uses local resourcesToyota’s Tsutsumi ‘Eco-Factory’Methanol fuel cells reduce Nissan CO2 emissionsIf India’s Reva Electric Car Company has its way, a new term will soon be added to the automotive lexicon: ‘Born green’. This, says the India-based firm, is how all its cars will ...

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    Germany plans for success


    Numbers fall but strengths emergeExports and emissionsTruck and bus – how fast is the barometer falling?Suppliers under pressureBMW – quiet confidence behind cost cutsMercedes-Benz – sharing the painThe German car industry’s workforce has been dealt a bad hand by the global downturn; jobs that were almost guaranteed for life have ...

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    Volkswagen opts for sustainable dry separation


    The German carmaker and its supplier partner drive their green manufacturing message abroad by opting for Dürr’s EcoDryScrubber systemSupplier partner lead the wayUp to 150,000 vehicles a year will roll off the production line at Volkswagen AG’s new plant at Chattanooga in the state of Tennessee, US from 2011. EcoDryScrubber, ...

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    View from the top at GM


    Following on from his interview in our 10th Anniversary issue, AMSwent back to GM’s Gary Cowger for more on how the auto manufacturing landscape has changed and what the future holds for General Motors ManufacturingAMS - What changes in manufacturing technology have had the most impact?GC - One of the ...

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    Invest to impress for R-R's new baby


    Press sharingGoodwood reworkPersonal touchRemote suppliersWhen BMW took full control of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in 1998, it was quick to launch the first new model, the Phantom, just five years later. Since then, Rolls-Royce has expanded the Phantom range to include the standard car – if a Rolls-Royce can ever be ...

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    A green and better paint finish at Mazda


    Reducing VOCs and CO2 emissions have been contradictory aims in paintshop for many years, but Mazda has come up with a revolutionary solutionCleaner plant and brighter finishesEnergy saving flash off processMazda Motor Corporation recently announced the successful launch of the newly developed Aqua-tech Paint System for vehicle body painting at ...

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    Surviving the storm at JLR


    Body shop – robot re-useCelebrity squaresSealing out the elementsPaintshop and final assembly – raising the quality barINTERVIEW Michael StraughanThe Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plant at Halewood, UK, occupies a 300-acre site and provides capacity for the Jaguar X-Type and Freelander models. It is equipped for up to 100,00 cars per ...

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    Special customers, special cars, special coatings


    Audi uses a mix of robot and manual spraying, matching and inspection on mixed material substrates to give its customers a range of colours and effects, as two of its heads of paint operations explainSelling cars in the ‘mid-premium-sports’ sector of the market combines the challenges of satisfying increasingly sophisticated ...

  • Article

    Muir steps down as CEO of Mazda


    Oberursal, Germany – Mazda Motor Europe CEO James Muir has stepped down from his position. Muir’s replacement will be current Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Guyton.Muir, who had been head of Mazda’s European operations since 2005, is said to be taking up a new position outside Mazda, possibly with a rival ...

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    Korea’s flexible carmakers


    These are hard times for carmakers, no matter where they are located. South Korean producers are facing market downturns, but hope to manufacture their way out of trouble by playing a series of flexible production equipment trump cards.Lighting solutionsPutting it togetherEight is the magic numberSomething new – something newFlexibility is ...

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    Traditional modernists


    In 2009, the Morgan Motor Company, based in Malvern, UK, is celebrating its centenary year. With a series of events scheduled to mark the occasion, there is perhaps none more important than the April opening of the company’s new visitor centre. During the summer, the facility is expected to ...

  • staying-1

    Staying on top at Maruti


    Maruti Suzuki has topped India’s JD Power customer satisfaction survey for the ninth year in a row. AMS visits the company’s Gurgaon plant to talk with the company’s manufacturing guru, M.M. Singh, about this, the largest Suzuki manufacturing facility outside Japan.The importance of defining rolesHarmonizing labour and automationFactory layoutIn-house production ...

  • trust-1

    Building trust to invest in Canada


    Size mattersLooking aheadThreat from the southProvoking union ireBuyers are the solutionThrow a stone seemingly anywhere in Ontario and chances are it will land somewhere near either a parts or vehicle manufacturing facility. Home to OEM operations of companies such as GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota and Suzuki, plus Tier suppliers ...

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    Pressing ahead at Volvo


    Volvo Car’s new transfer line is the latest interpretation of so-called classical manufacturing. AMS talks with Jonas Knutsson about the technologies that make it possibleNew take on an old ideaHaste makes no wasteAlist of the attributes of a classical manufacturing ‘transfer line’ reads like a litany of everything that modern ...

  • dream-3

    Koenigsegg living the dream


    Christian von Koenigsegg talks about his passion for all things automotive, and his continuing drive for innovationPioneers of technologyWorking with carbon fibreFourteen weeks from start to finishChristian von Koenigsegg is, like his father and grandfather before him, an entrepreneur, who formed a company with the sole purpose of bringing his ...

  • focus-2

    Building in Russia - the GM way


    Despite a recent decline in domestic sales, the long-term future of the Russian car market still looks bright. The new GM plant in St Petersburg illustrates what foreign OEMs moving into the region can expectStrong potential of Russian marketSt Petersburg – automotive centre in the makingEnsuring staff retentionUtilising local knowledgeGuardian ...

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    Follow the light


    As the global vehicle manufacturing business suffers, Nissan’s light commercial vehicle division is bucking the trend, investing heavily in new plants and product programmes from North Africa to North America. Andy Palmer, the head of this business unit, explains how Nissan plans to leapfrog its rivals to become the number ...

  • ml1

    Making light work of heavy equipment


    Adapting to current economic conditionsFacility investment to improve efficiencyFarm and construction equipment innovationsDeveloping the product rangeJCB launches first in-house diesel engineGuarding against excessive complexityLessons for carmakersAs carmakers search for solutions to help steer them through tough economic conditions, there are lessons from recent innovations by agricultural and construction equipment manufacturersIt’s ...

  • fp1

    Future perfect for GM in South Africa


    Different plants, similar challengesSourcing local suppliersTaking advantage of export marketsCatering for the local marketGood prospects for the futureDespite fluctuating demand, high inflation and volatile currencies, General Motors South Africa is optimistic about future prospectsBefore being appointed Vice-President of Manufacturing for General Motors South Africa, Rick Demuynck was head of the ...