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VW Tianjin plant

VW and Toyota suspend Tianjin plants as local Covid lockdown measures hit production outlook

2022-01-17T16:59:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Volkswagen Group in China has announced that it will be closing a plant in the city of Tianjin, as well as a component factory, following resurgent Covid-19 cases in the coastal city.


VinFast invests in StoreDot extreme fast charge battery cell development

2022-01-11T10:57:00+00:00By AMS

StoreDot’s Series D funding round will be up to $80m and the capital will be used for completion of R&D and mass production scale-up of silicon dominant extreme fast charging (XFC) battery cells by 2024

Rene Deist, ZF

Every production challenge has a cloud solution at ZF

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

Chief digital officer René Deist tells the AMS Evolution Summit how the global tier one supplier is using the cloud to transform manufacturing and better leverage data analytics and artificial intelligence

Joe McCabe, AFS

Global outlook: the disruptive forces shaping automotive manufacturing

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

Vehicle manufacturers are facing ongoing disruption in the supply chain, but at the same time must manage a paradigm shift in manufacturing and business models. AFS’s Joe McCabe shares the latest vehicle production forecasts

Daniel Harrison, Ultima

Global powertrain and battery production forecast: ever-evolving complexity

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

With diverging regulations, infrastructure, market trends and manufacturing bases, the path to EV and battery production will vary across regions, adding more variation for OEMs and suppliers. Ultima Media analyst Daniel Harrison shares the latest data on powertrain and battery forecasts

Jack Nunes, Lear; Johanna Klewitz, Audi

It all adds up to zero – counting the ways to net carbon zero manufacturing

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

Sustainability leaders from Audi and Lear explain how the companies are working across the value chain to decarbonise manufacturing

Jim Birley, Ford

Factory futures: networked, data-driven, flexibly automated

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

Manufacturing experts share their vision for current and future automotive production technology, including leaders from Ford, Cognex, Symbio Robotics and Jay Global Techno Alliance

Mahesh Babu, Switch, Vinnie Mehta, ACMA, Pankaj Sonalkar, Mahindra

India’s manufacturing evolution: competitive, agile and frugal

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

The country has been hit hard by the pandemic and disruption, but automotive manufacturing is roaring again and leaders from Mahindra, Switch Mobility and the Indian automotive supplier association, ACMA, explain what the industry needs to do to stay competitive

AMS live team

End of conference: evolution and revolution

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

At the end of the event, it’s clear that automotive manufacturing will see both incremental and radical change, and that the industry will need to work together to adapt

René Deist - web

How the industrial cloud creates solutions opportunities for ZF production

2021-12-14T11:41:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

ZF Group’s CDO, René Deist, told the Automotive Manufacturing Evolution Summit how its industrial cloud integration strategy would enhance the use of AI and capacity planning across the tier one supplier’s 200 plants.


Daimler strengthens R&D in China with new tech centre in Beijing

2021-10-26T09:56:00+01:00By AMS

Daimler has invested 1.1 billion RMB to strengthen its R&D footprint and technological capabilities in China. Operations at the new centre will focus on major technological trends and tailored innovations with the aim to drive local product development


Hyundai Mobis invests in hydrogen fuel cell system plants in Korea

2021-10-12T08:58:00+01:00By AMS

Hyundai Mobis will invest a total of USD $1.1 billion (KRW 1.3 trillion) to build two new fuel cell plants in Korea to accelerate the hydrogen economy and to secure broader global market dominance

VW Anhui

Volkswagen builds first wholly owned battery production site in China to strengthen supply chains

2021-09-28T11:18:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

A battery system production factory in Hefei, Anhui province is being built by Volkswagen Group, the first battery system plant to be wholly owned by the German carmaker in China. 

Farasis Gigafactory

Farasis Energy to build carbon neutral gigafactory in China as domestic recovery becomes priority

2021-09-23T11:26:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Lithium-ion battery provider Farasis Energy has confirmed that it will add 24 gigawatt hour (GWh) per year production capacity to manufacture electric vehicle battery cells, modules and packs in China.


Lightweighting of the future: Lotus reveals blueprints underpinning new EV sports range

2021-09-23T09:07:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Lotus Cars has unveiled its full range of EV performance cars demonstrating innovations in lightweight chassis technology for the production of its electric sports vehicles. According to the company, they will be essential in both performances of electric vehicles, as well as in maintaining efficiency in manufacturing.

CATL battery

CATL partners with BASF for EV battery material recycling to support European supply chain

2021-09-20T11:29:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Battery maker CATL has announced a strategic partnership with German chemicals firm BASF in battery materials solutions that will support recycling of batteries, and CATL’s plans for the production of battery cells in Europe.

Matt Tall FF

Faraday Future names Matt Tall as new vice president of Manufacturing

2021-09-07T12:06:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Amid the company’s overarching new manufacturing strategy, Faraday Future is also making sweeping hiring announcements to oversee its push to expand production of its flagship FF 91 model.

Porsche Taycan in Shanghai

Breaking the Mould: Porsche expands production to Malaysia in shift away from European exclusivity

2021-09-06T11:41:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

The luxury carmaker is planning its only current assembly plant outside Europe with new production planned in Malaysia and an R&D centre in Shanghai.

Volvo China 2

Volvo Trucks buys Chinese manufacturing site to expand heavy duty truck manufacturing

2021-08-24T12:12:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

As part of the company’s broader plans to develop global reach, Volvo has acquired JMC Heavy Duty Vehicle to produce and sell more heavy-duty trucks in China.

Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept

Nissan and Envision AESC to build new EV battery plant in Japan - reports

2021-08-10T11:42:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Nissan Motor will reportedly build a lithium-ion battery plant in Japan to support EV production as part of a joint investment project with battery manufacturer Envision AESC.