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  • Mercedes-Benz Actros Worth plant
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    Mercedes begins Actros production in Wörth

    2019-05-21T13:22:00Z

    Germany - The first new Actros has come off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant in southern Germany. It is the first facility in the OEM’s global network to start making the new model. “This gives us at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth a ...

  • ABB robots paintshop
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    ABB to provide robots for SAIC VW

    2019-05-14T16:50:00Z

    China - ABB has signed an agreement with SAIC Volkswagen to provide robotics painting solutions for a new factory being built in Shanghai. The plant will become the first new energy vehicle (NEV) factory of the VW Group based on the modular electric drive (MEB) platform. “We are delighted ...

  • Ford Saarlouis 7
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    Ford Saarlouis

    2019-05-14T15:35:00Z

    Ford has recently invested in its Saarlouis plant to produce the latest generation of its popular Focus model. Key additions include the introduction of two hot forming press lines and eight related laser cutting stations for the high-strength steel sections.

  • Two tone cars
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    A two-tone finish

    2019-04-29T13:53:00Z

    Bi-colour coats and enhanced quality assurance are high on the agenda in the paintshop at SEAT’s Martorell factory. Michael Nash gets an inside look

  • FCA-Saltillo-Mexico
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    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, ...

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    US plants – stick or twist?

    2019-04-10T13:42:00Z

    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. Here we provide an overview of the latest news regarding ...

  • Mercedes-Benz Cars battery factory in the Neckar Valley at the Untertürkheim site in Germany
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    Mercedes starts building battery plant

    2019-04-09T12:50:00Z

    Germany - Mercedes-Benz has started the construction of its battery production facility in the Brühl sub-plant at Untertürkheim, Germany. This is part of the €1bn (US$1.13bn) investment that the OEM has set aside for its global battery production network, which currently comprises of nine battery factories at seven locations on ...

  • Ford Focus Saarlouis
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    Tariffs: controversy reigns with Trump and Brexit adding to confusion

    2019-03-20T13:21:00Z

    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 ...

  • BMW Brilliance battery production
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    Finland to be battery production hub

    2019-03-11T15:16:00Z

    The buzz surrounding Europe’s electric vehicle (EV) market continues to escalate. Despite the fact that sales remain relatively low, carmakers have been splashing the cash on new model launches in the hope of igniting the segment. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS), ...

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    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 ...