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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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Eisenmann to extend truck paint shop

2018-12-14T11:52:00+00:00By AMS

US - The German factory engineering specialist Eisenmann has won a contract to extend the paint shop at a major truck manufacturing facility in the east of the US. Construction starts at the end of 2018 and is due to finish in the summer of 2020.

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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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Mazda appoints new R&D VP

2018-10-19T15:01:56+01:00By AMS

Japan - Hajime Seikaku has been named the new vice president of Mazda's European Research & Development Centre, which is located in Oberursel, Germany. He was previously working at Mazda's vehicle development division in Japan.

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Expanding and restructuring

2018-09-12T12:48:00+01:00By Ian Henry

As the move to electrified and autonomous vehicles accelerates, Toyota is expanding in both technology areas and restructuring its operations. Ian Henry reports

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Southern hospitality

2018-08-24T12:29:47+01:00By Gareth Price

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Pacific standard

2018-08-24T11:41:26+01:00By Ian Henry

Responding to the boom in SUV and crossover markets, the OEMs of Japan and Korea continue to invest in manufacturing operations across their long-established North American networks. Ian Henry reports

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OEMs face tough choices over Iran

2018-06-21T10:36:30+01:00By Ian Henry

When Iran reached agreement with the global community in 2015 regarding denuclearisation, resulting in the lifting of sanctions in early 2016, almost immediately Renault and PSA announced their return to the country. Prior to Iran being ostracised, both companies had been active there via joint venture (JV) manufacturing operations, mostly ...

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Mazda hits 50m production milestone

2018-05-29T12:32:26+01:00By AMS

Japan - The company has recently announced that it has made over 50m units in the country, 86 years after it produced its first three-wheeled truck in October 1931.

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A bigger bet on BEVs

2018-05-08T14:54:10+01:00By Lem Bingley

Most famous for its hybrids, especially the Prius, Toyota is now widening its focus to battery-electric vehicles

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Changan Ford to make next-gen Explorer

2018-04-30T13:02:02+01:00By AMS

China - At the 2018 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, Ford showcased several new models and claimed that it was starting its "biggest new vehicle launch ever" in the country. This follows soon after the company said it would launch 50 new vehicles by 2025.

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Mazda Toyota establish production JV

2018-03-09T10:36:01+00:00By AMS

US - The two companies have announced that they are establishing a new joint venture (JV) company called Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, USA (MTMUS). The news comes less than a year after they signed an agreement to enter a business and capital alliance, and follows on from a decision to build ...

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Toyota-Mazda JV opts for Alabama site

2018-01-11T10:57:47+00:00By aladmin

US – Toyota and Mazda have chosen Alabama for a new $1.6bn plant they will run together, which will make 300,000 vehicles a year. The investment will be split evenly between the two OEMs.

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Russian resolution

2018-01-02T12:15:35+00:00By Nick Gibbs

Russia’s automotive industry is cautiously expressing confidence again after the car market there emerges from a three-year slump

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New stamping ground

2017-11-15T17:08:10+00:00By Nick Gibbs

Gestamp chairman and CEO Francisco Riberas tells AMS about the growth in outsourcing of press shop operations

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Still going strong

2017-10-31T09:02:33+00:00By ams_tomtaylor

As November marks the 40th anniversary of the original press-hardened steel patent, AMS takes a look at how the technology has evolved and where it is heading next in an era of mixed-material vehicle productionThe overriding merit of press-hardened steel (PHS) has always been the unique combination of formability, ultra ...

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Mazda Hofu starts making new CX-5

2017-10-17T16:13:31+01:00By aladmin

Japan – Plant 2 in Yamaguchi Prefecture has joined Hiroshima Plant and other facilities in China and Malaysia as a producer of the new model. Mazda said this will enable it to “flexibly and rapidly” meet growing global demand for crossovers.

Aluminium

Kobe investigates quality violations

2017-10-11T15:10:48+01:00By aladmin

Metal producer Kobe Steel has admitted delivering aluminium and copper products in the past year which did not meet specifications agreed with customers, leaving Japanese car manufacturers concerned about the impact on their own output. Kobe is conducting internal quality and government-ordered safety checks, but has already stated that affected ...

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Mazda makes CX-5 at revamped Kulim

2017-09-28T10:17:01+01:00By aladmin

Malaysia – Production of the new model began at the end of August after an investment of 2.3 billion yen ($20.5m) to automate part of the body welding process and install a new paintshop. Mazda said the upgrade has brought its Malaysian operation into line with its “parent factories” at ...

Focus, Ford Rayong

Colonised by China

2017-09-05T15:27:19+01:00By Nick Gibbs

The underdeveloped but populous countries of South-East Asia could be rich pickings for Chinese OEMs

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