Africa and Middle East

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Africa and Middle East

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Statevolt’s $3.2B UAE Gigafactory to bolster electrification in MEAI


Embarking on a significant $3.2 billion endeavor, Statevolt’s Gigafactory in Ras Al Khaimah emerges as a beacon of technological innovation, promising to reshape the global energy storage landscape. This ambitious project not only marks a significant milestone in advancing sustainable industrial development but also underscores the UAE’s strategic vision of becoming a leading hub for green technology and energy transition.

The rising role of renewable energy supply in automotive production

The rising role of renewable energy supply in automotive production


The automotive industry’s shift towards sustainability transcends mere vehicle innovation, with a large part of the global carbon equation relying on renewable energy architectures in manufacturing processes.

The localisation of Hyundai’s vehicles is expected to catalyse the development of Saudi Arabia’s automotive and mobility ecosystem

Hyundai partners with PIF for automated production plant in Saudi Arabia


Hyundai Motor Company has entered into a joint venture agreement with the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia to establish “a highly automated vehicle manufacturing plant,” in the kingdom. Hyundai to lead as as strategic technology partner.

BMW electrifies its plant in Rosslyn, South Africa

BMW electrifies South African plant


BMW is investing more than $224m in its plant to allow production of electric vehicles.

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China: European, US and Japanese Vehicle Manufacturers rebalance production and supply chains


AMS looks at the changing role of the Chinese operations of European and other long established brands’ operations in China and their changing roles in the global auto sector

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Stellantis allocates BEV-centric STLA Large vehicles to Cassino Assembly Plant


The Cassino plant in Italy produces premium vehicles for Alfa Romeo and Maserati

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Going green: Self-generating electricity on-site


OEMs are investing heavily in renewable energy sources to reduce the carbon footprint of their manufacturing operations


Mercedes-Benz to deploy Microsoft connected factory software, eyes 20% efficiency boost


The software system will optimise manufacturing plans based on available components and enable easy monitoring of energy and water use and CO2 emissions.


Adjusting to a new climate: Alternative powertrain testing


AMS visited a newly upgraded test facility to get an insight into the equipment and process requirements for electric and fuel cell powertrains

Mobile 3D laser scanners will be used to create photorealistic panoramic images, floor plans and scatter plots for all BMW Group vehicle plants, by early 2023

BMW Digitalisation – Virtual becomes a reality


BMW using digital twins to simulate production for new plants and upgrades for existing facilities


Renault Trucks to recover, resell parts from used vehicles in circular economy push


The recovery of used parts suitable for re-sale builds on the company’s existing initiative to refurbish and modernise second-hand trucks to extend their life.

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Ford’s e-coating edge for the new Ranger’s chassis frames


Ford uses the latest e-coatings to ensure optimum  coverage on the chassis frames for the new Ranger pick-up


Gigafactories give N. America, Europe more skin in EV game but minerals supply a worry


Battery metals prices have become a significant threat to automotive’s pursuit of electrification with growing EV output calling for higher volumes of minerals production.

June 2022 Livestream

Man and machine: Using technology to push efficiency boundaries in logistics and assembly

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Experts discuss how they are using digital technology to streamline time-consuming and expensive processes from supply chain monitoring to assembly planning.

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How Ford will track production planning and suppliers like Uber rides


 Ford is deploying digital twins and data analytics at factores in Asia, Africa and South America to bring real-time visibility to production planning and supply chains.

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From now to 2030: What’s next for a disrupted, post-pandemic auto industry


AutoForecast Solutions sees a value-over-volume focus, more shared components and some major shuffles in the ranks of top EV makers

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Watch: Connected factories, predictable futures


This AMS livestream explores how Ford, Fraunhofer IPA and other OEMs are advancing smart factories to optimise assembly lines, improve quality and reduce errors, leveraging connected data for digital twins and AI-driven manufacturing planning. 


Chris Glover to be new president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga


Glover will assume the role on January 1 and will lead the plant’s transformation and push towards electric mobility, starting with the localised production of the ID.4 SUV in 2022

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Watch recording: Fast, Flexible and Sustainable: the Paintshop of the future


Watch this session to discover GeicoTaikisha insights on automotive manufacturing trends, time reduction for paintshop production and new ways to adapt production output to meet market needs 

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Cellular manufacturing adds flexibility in Mercedes-Benz bodyshop


For the production of the new C-class, Mercedes has taken the opportunity to add flexibility by way of cellular manufacturing in the body shop and with so-called ‘TecLines’ for assembly.