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Ford’s India plants to be operated by Mahindra

2019-10-30T11:17:00+00:00By AMS

India - Ford will transfer control of its assembly operations in India to Mahindra

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Ford starts production of new Puma

2019-10-09T16:39:00+01:00By AMS

Romania - Ford has started making the new Puma in Craiova after a significant investment was made at its plant

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Stricter EU CO2 regulations will reshape vehicle platforms and car design

2019-10-04T11:20:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

As OEMs try to reduce CO2 and transition to electric vehicles in the face of the high fines, we expect a profound impact on vehicle design.

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Gathering clouds

2019-08-20T10:44:00+01:00By John Osborne

Cloud computing has been used for some time by carmakers, but its full potential has still to be realised in automation applications. 

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Ford’s new electric offering

2019-05-28T13:49:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Ford has recently announced it will bring 16 electrified vehicles to market in Europe over the next few years. Michael Nash provides a rundown of the first batch to be introduced

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Keeping in focus

2019-05-20T14:29:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Ford has invested in its Saarlouis plant to produce the latest generation of its popular Focus model. Nick Holt visited the plant to get a look at the upgrades to the production process

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US plants – stick or twist?

2019-04-10T13:42:00+01:00By Michael Nash

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.

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Start of production – AMS Podcast Episode 01

2019-04-10T11:55:00+01:00

The very first AMS podcast rolls off the assembly line and the team discuss two giants of automotive manufacturing, Toyota and Ford.

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Look to the future, it’s only just begun – AMS Podcast Episode 03

2019-04-10T11:47:00+01:00

With absolutely no apologies for quoting Slade, AMS Editor Nick Holt and AMS Deputy Editor Gareth Price see this Christmas as the ideal time to look back at a selection of topics featured in AMS magazine during 2018.

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Ford invests in EV and AV production

2019-03-21T11:18:00+00:00By AMS

US - Ford has said it will spend US$900m on its facilities in Michigan in order to ready for the production of both electric and autonomous vehicles. This is the latest in a string of investments that the OEM has recently announced it will make in US plants.

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Tariffs: controversy reigns with Trump and Brexit adding to confusion

2019-03-20T13:21:00+00:00By Ian Henry

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 their current 2.5% ...

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Augmented assistance

2019-03-04T11:36:00+00:00By Michael Nash

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Honda closure deals blow to UK

2019-02-19T13:06:00+00:00By Michael Nash

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 ...

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Low heat input welding

2019-02-03T10:00:00+00:00By AMS

The Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) welding process reduces the heat input in comparison to other MIG/MAG processes, claims Fronius. This uses a digital process control, which automatically detects short circuits and then helps to detach the droplet by retracting the wire; during welding, the wire moves forward and is pulled ...

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Identifying errors in manufacturing systems

2019-02-02T10:00:00+00:00By AMS

Smart System Optimisation

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New foam for instrument panels

2019-02-01T15:00:02+00:00By AMS

A new series of systems in its Elastoflex E product group now allows weight reductions and foam densities of around 120g/L without sacrificing any of the material characteristics, claims BASF. Up to 30% of the foam weight is saved, says the company, depending on the component geometry. This Thin-Light system ...

Henkel solutions for e-drives

Production resource for e-drive modules

2019-02-01T08:30:19+00:00By AMS

Henkel’s says it offers a range of solutions for the manufacturing of e-drives including Loctite AA 5820, which the company says is suitable to provide a reliable seal of multi-substrates or any flange design of e-drive housings. For stator coil potting applications, it offers a two-component epoxy, Loctite PE 8082, ...

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Ford and VW confirm their alliance; and raise questions …

2019-01-18T12:13:00+00:00By Ian Henry

After months of rumours and speculation, Ford and Volkswagen have announced an alliance which would begin with the co-development and production of vans and pick-ups; it offers the prospect of wider forms of co-operation, in other segments, electric technology and support services. This is the latest move in the continuous ...

More on Audi

2019-01-14T11:39:54+00:00By Gareth Price

A high-performance build The Audi R8 series of sports cars is described as being closer to motor racing than any other on-the-road vehicles. Mike Farish takes a closer look at the manufacturing operation

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Casting a duo

2019-01-08T16:37:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Two innovative metal forming techniques could have a significant impact on the press shop of the future

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