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ABB to provide robots for SAIC VW

2019-05-14T16:50:00+01:00By AMS

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.

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Dongfeng Maxion to build wheel plant

2019-03-13T12:00:00+00:00By AMS

China - Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group has formed a new joint venture company with Maxion Wheels - a division of the Brazilian wheel and structural component manufacturer Iochpe Maxion. The new company is called Dongfeng Maxion Wheels, and will look to serve the global market.

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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

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Scania sets sights on Thailand

2019-02-28T11:34:00+00:00By AMS

Thailand - Scania has opened a new assembly facility for truck cabs, truck chassis and bus chassis in the Bangkok Free Trade Zone, Thailand. The Swedish OEM says that the move is an important part of its plan to strengthen its presence in the region.

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Tesla starts building China factory

2019-01-10T11:43:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Tesla unveiled plans to build a factory in China back in 2014. The EV maker has now taken its first step to construct the facility after breaking ground on the site in Shanghai.

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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 chapter, different story?

2019-01-02T15:42:00+00:00By Ian Henry

International expansion continues but, as Ian Henry reports, Audi’s long-term role within the VW Group is now under scrutiny

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High performance for next-gen at NIO

2018-12-03T09:32:00+00:00By Sponsored by Chemetall

Lightweighting, multi-metal compatibility and a focus on aluminium substrates is how thin-film, pretreatment technologies fulfil the requirements for NIO’s next generation of electric vehicles

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Paint technology and investments

2018-11-29T11:50:00+00:00By AMS

We report on the new technology, techniques and investments in the world of paintshop being implemented by vehicle-makers around the world…

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AGVs drive industry revolution

2018-11-28T10:42:00+00:00By Sponsored by JBT Corporation

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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

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Power from plastics

2018-11-11T14:34:00+00:00By ams_jamesbakewell

James Bakewell speaks to thermoset plastics specialists Pieter Vanderstraeten and Hendrik De Keyser about the increasing scope for composite powertrain components

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Academic circles

2018-11-11T14:12:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Mike Farish visits Oxford-based start-up YASA, a special electric motor company sprung from academia that’s now attracting the attention of premium OEMs

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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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Toyota makes hybrid transaxles

2018-10-30T17:29:11+00:00By AMS

Poland - The OEM has started production of its hybrid electric transaxles at its plant in Wałbrzych, situated in the south west of the country. They will be fitted to the new Corolla Hybrid, which is being built at Toyota's Burnaston factory in the UK, and the C-HR Hybrid, which ...

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Daimler hits milestone in India

2018-09-27T11:49:04+01:00By AMS

India - Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), which is part of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), has made 100,000 vehicles at its plant in Oragadam - an industrial town located near Chennai on the south east coast. The news comes just two years after the facility hit the ...

Fronius MTB 350 welding torch body

Slim nozzle torch body

2018-09-24T12:47:09+01:00By AMS

Its new torch body for robotic welding devices features the MTB 350’s gas nozzle, which has a diameter that is 20% smaller than conventional torches, claims Fronius. The 20mm nozzle allows the welding torch to reach the interface more easily when working with challenging component geometries, and offers a high ...

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A European focus

2018-09-13T13:01:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The third edition of the French automotive forum offered insights into the region’s production footprint and OEM e-mobility strategies. Nick Holt reports

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Expanding and restructuring

2018-09-12T12:48:10+01:00By Ian Henry

As the move to electrified and autonomous vehicles accelerates, Toyota is expanding in both technology areas and restructuring its operations. Ian Henry reports

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Eberspaecher and Yuchai build plant

2018-08-28T12:08:39+01:00By AMS

China - The two companies have announced the formation of a joint venture (JV) to produce and sell exhaust emission control systems for commercial vehicles. These will be made at a new plant in Yulin, which is located in southern China.