All OEMs articles – Page 3

  • at1

    At the ready at Vauxhall


    Putting people first Global Compact Vehicle Cutting the fat Green can mean good business Something old, something new Despite tough economic conditions in Europe, Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant is prepared to face the future head on, as plant director Tom Schmidt, explains The first car produced by Vauxhall, in 1903, ...

  • jj1

    The Indian juggernaut


    Mercedes-Benz – the road to full manufacturing BMW looks to local markets GM launches second plant in Talegaon Ford undertakes powertrain expansion Mahindra & Mahindra goes global Bajaj Auto’s new-age philosophy As carmakers and suppliers around the world re-assess their position in the global market and adjust to economic uncertainty, ...

  • coatings

    Stuck on you


    How the process works A new development from 3M is claimed to revolutionise paint detail on vehicles with its design possibilities Anew concept in vehicle enhancement solutions has been introduced by 3M, which will improve the appearance and appeal of vehicles. The concept offers unlimited design possibilities to OEM designers ...

  • pi1

    Pigs in the paint shop


    VarioBell at Rehau Robots on the inside Plastic component supplier Rehau and BMW have both benefited from the latest paint line technology supplied by Eisenmann. And it’s based on a pigging system that enables rapid paint changes with little loss Surface finishing ...

  • ff1

    Flexible friend at Magna Steyr


    Lowering plant emissions A complete solution Matching market conditions The Chrysler assembly line Glass application Experienced production line teams Covering all the bases What is it about Magna Steyr that convinces OEMs to come to you to build their cars? Gerhard Stiegler, Vice-President of Operations does not hesitate with his ...

  • s1

    Making a clean job of car coating


    Efficient coating Ostrich feathers Powder coat expertise Rust never sleeps BMW’s Leipzig plant employs up-to date paint shop technology to ensure each car finishes up to the highest standard and does so with minimal environmental impact Nowhere is this more obvious than in the paint shop, which backs modern processes ...

  • mb1

    Making the best of India


    Turning Tata around New challenges Global reach What India lacks in infrastructure it makes up for in engineering talent and resourceful enthusiasm. In this first of two reports on the region, AMS looks at Tata Motors and talks to Eric Vas about the manufacturing challenges of this rapidly growing market ...

  • b1

    Building the perfect Bentley


    Building the Bentley Production System New assembly line Penny for your thoughts Setting the pace Pull and feed Quality for tomorrow UK car production is a rare sight these days and it took a dramatic turn around in production processes to keep Bentley on British soil. AMS went to Crewe ...

  • lo1

    In the Lotus position


    Federalising the carGlobal outsourcingSafety in handPreparing for productionFuel for thoughtThermal efficiencyBenefits of methanolHydrocarbon reactionMethanol futureWhile production at Lotus remains a traditional, hands-on affair, the company’s engineering division is looking at the potential of methanol as a renewable fuelPlay the association game with automotive terms and ‘handbuilt’ invariably ends up paired ...

  • sm1

    Size me up, smart


    Daimler engineered the ‘smartville’ site Close links to suppliers Stop system on the line improves quality Automation is at about two per cent It’s all about quality Getting smart stateside As the only car still in production to feature in New York’s famous Museum of Modern Art, the smart has ...

  • Article

    Chong succeeds as Vice President and General Manager for DuPont Automotive


    Wilmington, DL – DuPont has named BC Chong as Vice President and General Manager, DuPont Automotive OEM Coatings, succeeding Marty McQuade who plans to retire later this year following 31 years of service. William Weber, currently Global Business Director – Ethylene Copolymers in Packaging and Industrial Polymers, will succeed ...

  • ab1

    Adding a bit of local colour at Toyota


    Localising TPS European supply Lean production One model diversity Potential beyond Yaris Focus on the local Levels of automation Environmental challenges Design for the futu re The Toyota Production System is a global success thanks to its customisation on a local level, and nowhere is this more evident than at ...

  • nr1

    Navistar rising


    Vertical foundries Leaving the transfer line Distinguishing features Commonality and change Environmental challenge Quality assurance stations Competitive culture In the face of emissions regulations, global competition and new materials, truckmaker Navistar is putting new manufacturing processes into effect. AMS talks to Vice President of Manufacturing Tom Horn about them Tom ...

  • bi1

    Brownfield is the new green


    Brownfield site makes economic sense Winding up the power Doing the right thing In the debate about brownfield versus green, Ford comes down clearly on the side of making new from old. The company’s efforts to revitalise its former Dagenham plant have the environment in mind It is difficult to ...

  • ki1

    Knowledge is power at Scania


    Global standard Assembly in Sodertalje Foundry knowledge Clean machining Buffers and flows Crankshaft contrast Replacing old lines Blocks and heads Conrod and liners Benchmarking from the beginning Scania schooling State-of-the-art assembly Scania’s reputation is built on global standards that have their roots in the exemplary Sodertalje facility in Sweden. AMS ...

  • ar1

    Hinrichs wants a revolution in robotics


    Forefront of efficiency Competitive operating Priorities for recovery The role of robots Quality gains Planning and programming Paramount safety Robot wish list Joe Hinrichs has got a wish list. He wants to see robots on the shopfloor that will revolutionise productivity and offer new levels of skilled automation and safety. ...

  • ci1

    Civic interest in Honda grows


    Both lines are running at full production “Overtime should be the exception, not the rule” Global platforms for new model introductions Working in tandem with suppliers The success of Honda’s Civic and CR-V models has been nothing short of phenomenal, and production at its UK manufacturing facility has reached capacity ...

  • vh1

    ‘Virtual human’ tool improves ergonomics


    Ergonomics is the hot topic of the day Possible postures are automatically displayed An ergonomically designed workstation makes work positions more comfortable for employees – and it pays dividends by increasing productivity. Volkswagen has implemented a virtual human software program at its Wolfsburg plant ...

  • lo1

    Law and order at Lexus


    Continuous improvement in Kyushu Quality police Miyata complex Innovations on the line Its fight for the title of No. 1 global carmaker is putting pressure on the Toyota Production System, but if any incentive were needed for further improvements in quality, it can be found in the Miyata Lexus complex ...

  • vive-1

    Vive la Renault différence!


    With flexibility and lean manufacturing in place, Renault is focusing on quality. In fact, it is obsessive about quality these days. IT drives quality and better ergonomics Sandouville – the key to quality Operator and supplier involvement Renault’s new Laguna is aimed at one of Europe’s most competitive segments (upper-meduim ...