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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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After tailpipes, auto industry ponders CO2 purge from its materials

2022-05-27T12:57:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Volvo, Polestar and SSAB ponder how to wring out CO2 from materials now that the internal combustion engine’s fate is virtually sealed.

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Register: 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 predictive maintenance. 

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Watch: A holistic approach to sustainable vehicle production

2022-05-23T08:15:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Hans Pehrson,  Owain Griffiths and Thomas Hörnfeldt emphasise the importance of moving towards a greener model to meet sustaibility targets - whether it’s whole-of-vehicle manufacturing or greening the global supply chain.

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Watch: Keeping pace with battery demand and technology

2022-05-22T12:59:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Rising costs and fast-changing battery technology will make it hard to meet EV targets, but localisation and new business models can mitigate issues, according to Automotive Cells Company’s Francisco Carranza and Airbus’s Greg Ombach.

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Watch: Value over volume – biggest is no longer best in vehicle manufacturing

2022-05-22T12:23:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The global vehicle production outlook is murky, while rising costs and supply chain issues are changing manufacturers’ business model, according to analyst Joe McCabe from AutoForecast Solutions. 

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Fast fashion – how Tata is keeping up with changing tastes in India’s car market

2022-05-19T19:20:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

India remains a value-focused market but motorists have grown more discerning. 

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Watch: Tata Motors in an era of change

2022-05-19T14:00:00+01:00By Nick Holt, Christopher Ludwig

Tata Motors Mohan Savarkar describes how manufacturers are adapting their end-to-end processes all whilst meeting aggressive sustainability goals.

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Watch: How ZF is empowering people in the transition to producing electrified powertrains

2022-05-19T11:17:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

ZF’s Arno Güllering reveals how the tier-1 is upskilling and motivating its workforce in the transition from producing ICE to electrified powertrains.

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Digital adrenaline – ZF seeks to turn fear of transformation into fervor

2022-05-15T14:32:00+01:00By Peter Murphy, Christopher Ludwig

ZF electrified powertrain production head will explain how the company is building employee buy-in as revamps legacy plants for emobility. 

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An exclusive focus on flexibility as OEMs look to modular-based manufacturing

2022-05-04T12:21:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Modular production in automotive manufacturing is rapidly becoming more innovative and flexible with the ability to multitask. As a result, OEMs are increasingly rethinking their methods and working closely with technology providers to make flexible manufacturing hegemonic.

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Togg wants to turn electric cars into smart devices

2022-04-13T13:05:00+01:00By Stefan Grundhoff

These days, there is nothing new about a novice automaker dreaming of flooding the world with electric cars. But Turkish startup Togg is different.

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Nissan unveils prototype production facility for all-solid-state batteries

2022-04-11T17:15:00+01:00By AMS

Nissan’s prototype production facility for laminated all-solid-state battery cells will support the company’s plans to bring this technology to market in 2028

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Vinfast’s rocky road to global electric brand

2022-04-06T10:37:00+01:00By Fabian Pertschy, Stefan Grundhoff, Jason Dunn

As late as mid-November 2021, former Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller was on stage at the Vinfast stand at the Los Angeles Auto Show. By the end of the year, the Vietnamese automaker announced his departure after just four months on the job, citing “personal reasons.” By late February 2022, Lohscheller had taken the reins at fuel cell truck startup Nikola, a company that has faced its own challenges over the past year.

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AMS exclusive: Industry insiders discuss moving from ‘business as usual’ and establishing robust ecosystems in EV battery production

2022-04-05T10:28:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Increasing lithium-ion battery cell and pack production has become a priority for automotive manufacturers as the need for further electric vehicle output increases.

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European automotive manufacturing in an age of disruption

2022-04-04T11:21:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

European automotive production is in a state of flux and continued disruption. The accumulative impact of continuing coronavirus-related problems, the prominence of Asian productivity, and now war threatens to cause further damage to automotive manufacturing, Jason Dunn reports.

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Mercedes-Benz opens Alabama battery plant and will partner with Envision AESC for regional cell supply

2022-03-18T14:31:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Mercedes-Benz has opened a new battery assembly plant in Bibb County, Alabama, which will build electric vehicle battery packs that will supply production of the all-electric Mercedes-EQ ahead of the beginning of series production this spring at the Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) plant nearby in Tuscaloosa. 

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OEMs end production in Russia over Ukraine invasion and mounting economic pressure

2022-03-09T14:32:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

The Russian Federation has received a historic international response after launching a full-scale Ukraine invasion on February 24. As governments and supranational authorities look to macerate the Russian economy, several global vehicle manufacturers have ceased operations in Russia amid the ongoing conflict.

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Audi-FAW to construct new EV plant in China to meet growing demand

2022-02-22T11:49:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Audi plans to begin construction on a new plant in China for fully electric Audi models, set to be completed by the end of 2024.

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AMS EVolution summit returns with fresh new format and guest speakers

2022-02-17T22:57:00+00:00By AMS

The Automotive Manufacturing Solutions EVolution Summit returns this spring from 17th - 19th May with a brand-new format and with a mission to provide unique and exclusive insight into the world of automotive production.