Region focus

  • FCA-Saltillo-Mexico
    Article

    Nafta aftermath

    2019-04-12T16:19:00Z

    A new trade deal era will reconfigure Mexico’s automotive industry relations with the US, Nick Gibbs reports Mexico’s reign as the champion of export-led automotive manufacturing among emerging economies is looking distinctly shaky. Last year, production there fell for the first time since the global financial crisis in 2008, ...

  • FC_Stack_Tank_Installation_4
    Article

    Working from home

    2019-03-05T14:51:00Z

    Ian Henry looks at how Japan’s OEMs are faring in their native land as they intensify supply to their own domestic market The domestic manufacturing networks of the major Japanese car companies have been stable in comparison to the extensive reorganisation, expansion and product re-allocations that have taken ...

  • moscow_plant-41
    Article

    Muscovite foresight

    2019-03-05T10:13:00Z

    Preparing assembly operations for a new SUV, Renault Moscow plant director Jean-Louis Theron tells Nick Gibbs about investments in automation and a renewed focus on quality Russia’s boom-and-bust car market makes operating a plant in the country incredibly difficult. Running one in Moscow, where staff turnover ...

  • Mazda Thailand
    Article

    Asia’s other powerhouse

    2019-01-04T15:58:00Z

    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 Two nations dominate South-East Asia vehicle production, namely Thailand (approximately 2m units per annum (upa)) and Indonesia (c1.1m upa). There is one mid-sized ...

  • FAW Changchung
    Article

    Unease in the East

    2018-11-21T14:15:00Z

    Falling sales, electrification and mega mergers: Nick Gibbs provides an overview of the current automotive industry trends in China A fascinating year for China’s automotive industry has seen the world’s largest car market undergo a series of seismic shifts as it moves to a new level of maturity, bringing ...

  • Luc Chatel - PFA
    Article

    A European focus

    2018-09-13T13:01:00Z

    The third edition of the French automotive forum offered insights into the region’s production footprint and OEM e-mobility strategies. Nick Holt reports The 3rd FEAL Auto forum placed its focus on the Hauts-de-France, seen as a primary region for automotive manufacturing. The event highlighted the strong commitment from both ...