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GM hedges bets on pick-ups

2019-06-13T09:40:00+01:00By AMS

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

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GM upgrades Fort Wayne plant

2019-05-31T13:58:00+01:00By AMS

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

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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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Augmented assistance

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

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Is Korea set to become a low-cost country?

2019-02-11T15:14:00+00:00By Ian Henry

In what may be a portentous move for the industry, Hyundai has chosen to try to revive its domestic fortunes by opening the first new car factory to be built in Korea for over 20 years; what is intriguing about this move is that the workers in this plant will ...

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Asia’s other powerhouse

2019-01-04T15:58:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Already a dynamic and rapidly growing manufacturing hub, South-East Asia’s automotive industry is finding further opportunity in the growth of battery and hybrid vehicle production

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New chapter, different story?

2019-01-02T15:42:00+00:00By Ian Henry

International expansion continues but, as Ian Henry reports, Audi’s long-term role within the VW Group is now under scrutiny

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Cobo is new production VP at Opel

2018-12-17T16:01:02+00:00By AMS

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New year, new arrangements

2018-12-10T16:41:00+00:00By Ian Henry

As 2018 draws to a close, the pace of change in vehicle manufacturing is accelerating. The move to EVs is gaining speed while the companies themselves continue to realign and optimise their manufacturing footprints.

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Seven plant closures at GM

2018-11-27T15:38:00+00:00By Michael Nash

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.

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Unease in the East

2018-11-21T14:15:00+00:00By Nick Gibbs

Falling sales, electrification and mega mergers: Nick Gibbs provides an overview of the current automotive industry trends in China

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Opportunity 4.0

2018-11-06T13:01:00+00:00By Nick Gibbs

Nick Gibbs travels to Barcelona to discover how Gestamp’s own digital revolution is driving efficiency improvements in its energy-hungry hot-stamping operations

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Piecing it all together

2018-11-06T11:23:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Ian Henry identifies six themes from the moves, mergers and makeovers underway in the global automotive tier supply sector

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Making metal add up

2018-09-13T12:30:55+01:00By Mike Farish

Additively manufactured metal parts present a challenge for high-volume production but at the other end of the scale, engineers are successfully developing the process for specialist, low volume parts. Mike Farish reports

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Waste not...

2018-09-13T12:03:32+01:00By ams_karenmccandless

Karen McCandless reports on vehicle-maker recycling projects ranging from plastic bottles to electric vehicle batteries

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Japanese OEMs target China for EVs

2018-09-11T11:50:42+01:00By Michael Nash

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Daimler to print aluminium components

2018-09-05T10:00:11+01:00By AMS

Germany - The OEM has been working with Premium Aerotec and EOS to develop an additive manufacturing production cell that can make parts out of aluminium. The cell is fully automated, and is located at the Premium Aerotec facility in Varel, northern Germany.

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2018-08-28T11:29:46+01:00By Chemetall

Engineers from GM’s Orion plant in Michigan describe a successful conversion to a thin-film pretreatment from Chemetall

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Out now: North America 2018

2018-08-24T16:24:26+01:00By Gareth Price

When it comes to America and automotive manufacturing, some things are impossible to ignore. Foremost among them are: The Big Three, the light truck segment and Trump. In our latest global region supplement, we bring you the full set.

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Forging the deals

2018-08-24T15:03:40+01:00By Ian Henry

Ian Henry examines the key trends in the North American automotive supplier sector where technological progress and feisty trade policies continue to present a range of business challenges