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Africa and Middle East

BMW electrifies its plant in Rosslyn, South Africa

BMW electrifies South African plant

2023-07-03T14:59:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

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

2023-03-28T10:00:00+01:00By Ian Henry

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

2023-03-13T17:34:00+00:00By Rebecca Morley

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

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Going green: Self-generating electricity on-site

2023-02-24T19:17:00+00:00By Mike Farish

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

2022-10-12T14:19:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

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

2022-10-12T08:00:00+01:00By Mike Farish

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

2022-09-15T17:28:00+01:00By Mike Farish

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

2022-09-07T18:44:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

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

2022-08-15T11:37:00+01:00By Mike Farish

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

2022-08-05T16:25:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

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

2022-07-18T16:14:00+01:00By Peter Murphy, Christopher Ludwig

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

2022-06-24T14:47:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

 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

2022-06-01T13:34:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

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

2022-05-25T17:42:00+01:00By AMS

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

2021-11-09T09:46:00+00:00By AMS

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

2021-05-10T16:15:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

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.

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Watch: Automotive suppliers charging ahead – Electrifying Production Series (Pt.1)

2021-03-31T20:16:00+01:00By AMS

In the first part of our Electrifying Production Livestream series, AMS explores how vehicle electrification is changing major tier-1 suppliers’ manufacturing engineering and design, plant equipment and manufacturing strategies. Featuring experts from automotive suppliers and production specialists including Gestamp and ZF, Henkel and ABB.

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Integrating robotics and electric powertrains in BMW production

2020-12-14T15:01:00+00:00By Mark Smyth

BMW is on an EV offensive and is taking the opportunity to revamp its plants with automation and digital twins. Mark Smyth spoke to the global boss of production, Milan Nedeljković, about the challenges and opportunities

ŠKODA AUTO currently produces the ŠKODA KODIAQ and ŠKODA KAROQ SUVs as well as the SUPERB and the SUPERB iV plug-in hybrid at its Kvasiny plant

Skoda gains additional capacity within VW’s production network

2020-11-13T16:46:00+00:00By AMS

Production of the next-generation Superb will be relocated from Kvasiny to Bratislava in Slovakia in 2023, to free up capacity in the Czech plant required for the brand’s plans for growth