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The external exoskeleton devices help reduce stresses placed on the muscles of line workers

Nissan puts exoskeletons to the test

2019-10-31T17:04:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Nissan has been testing new ergonomic-assistance devices to be worn by assembly workers performing overhead tasks

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Global trade disputes could dim electric vehicle production potential in key markets

2019-10-28T19:11:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Trade uncertainties such as those between the US and China, or the UK and the EU, could put the brakes on growth in the electric vehicle and battery supply chain for some OEMs and countries, despite bullish forecasts for alternative powertrains 

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Nissan builds 10m vehicles at Sunderland

2019-06-20T14:38:00+01:00By AMS

UK - Nissan has hit a major milestone at its Sunderland plant

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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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Working from home

2019-03-05T14:51:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Ian Henry looks at how Japan’s OEMs are faring in their native land as they intensify supply to their own domestic market

On a twinning streak

On a twinning streak

2019-03-04T12:29:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Creating a digital twin of manufacturing operations can deliver development and efficiency benefits. Mike Farish reports 

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Allies at a crossroads

2019-03-04T11:22:00+00:00By Ian Henry

While boardroom scandal and criminal allegations have tested this longstanding partnership, the ties that bind the Alliance OEMS remain firmly in place

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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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In our next issue...

2019-02-08T13:21:00+00:00By aladmin

Coming soon in our March-April issue…

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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 ...

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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 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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Going gets tough for Ghosn

2018-11-28T11:32:00+00:00By AMS

 

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Travel blog: Big game in SA

2018-11-23T10:18:00+00:00By Michael Nash

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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

Daimler Bremen

A positive response

2018-11-19T15:59:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Daimler is embarking on a major corporate restructuring in the hope of improving its ability to face upcoming challenges in the automotive sector

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Van production boost at Renault plant

2018-11-09T12:23:00+00:00By AMS

France - The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has revealed new plans for the production of vans in the country. Specifically, €450m (US$393m) is being spent over the next five years to make the next-generation Renault Kangoo family at the Renault Maubeuge plant, where the Mercedes Citan van is currently built.

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Nissan makes X-Trail in St. Petersburg

2018-11-06T16:32:05+00:00By AMS

Russia - The new Nissan X-Trail is now being produced at the company's St. Petersburg plant, joining the Qashqai and Murano. This follows on from a small rise in the brand's sales in the country from 9,049 to 10,134 units between August and September 2018.

Novares Leiria Plant inspection table

Set the controls

2018-11-06T12:19:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Expertise in plastic component manufacturing will be in ever greater demand during the emobility age. In preparation, global supplier Novares has taken on a new form

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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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