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JLR – Putting sustainability at the centre of its strategy

2024-02-08T14:25:00+00:00By Nick Holt

JLR’s manufacturing sustainability transformation lead, Garrett Bell, shares some insights in how the business is reducing its carbon footprint across its operations

The rising role of renewable energy supply in automotive production

The rising role of renewable energy supply in automotive production

2024-02-07T22:19:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

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.


LEVC starts production of its new L380 MPV

2024-02-06T15:41:00+00:00By Nick Holt

The prototype of LEVC’s first fully electric model based on its new Space Oriented Architecture (SOA) has rolled off the assembly line in Yiwu, China


Nissan mulls migrating rogue production to Japan amid cost-cutting drive

2024-02-02T10:26:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Facing pressing cost reductions, Nissan considers relocating its flagship Rogue’s production from the US to Japan. With a stark 20% cost disparity favoring Japan, the automaker’s push for significant supplier discounts underscores a serious ultimatum forced by the OEMs attempt at securing a competitive edge in the automotive production

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SMMT: Production resilience and strategic progress for UK automotive industry

2024-02-01T12:32:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed a marked trend of prodcution resilience in the UK, with the sector witnessing a substantial 16.8% rise in car production. This led to an output of 1.25 million vehicles; the industry’s strongest performance since 2019. With markets shifting and competition growing overseas, UK productions and exports are witnessing sings of confidence and resilience.

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How Farasis will bridge the battery gap in Europe

2024-01-30T13:23:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Farasis has appointed Marcel Brömlage to lead its European division and support the growth of its Siro joint venture gigafactory in Turkey, where it expects to produce battery cells by 2026.


Antolin expands its production footprint in Asia with a new plant in India

2024-01-29T17:44:00+00:00By Nick Holt

The new plant will produce lighting, HMI systems and electronics for leading automotive manufacturers in the Indian market.


BYD – Aiming for the top

2024-01-25T16:35:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Ian Henry of AutoAnalysis looks at how BYD could become a major player in Europe within the next few years


Tata’s TPEM launches first Tata-branded vehicle at new Gujarat facility

2024-01-15T16:55:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Tata Passenger Electric Mobility (TPEM) has launched its parent company - Tata’s, first ever own-brand vehicle to mark the inauguration and opening of TPEM’s new vehicle production facility in Sanand, Gujarat, with clear indication of growth in the region.

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India’s Suzuki Maruti to launch second automotive production plant in Gujarat at $4.2bn

2024-01-10T16:47:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Maruti Suzuki, Subsidiary of Japanese parent OEM Suzuki and leading carmaker in India, is set to build its second automotive manufacturing plant in Gujarat, investing $4.2 billion to increase production capacity by 167%. The company also plans to roll out its first electric vehicle from the same plant by the end of 2024, and is gearing up to meet rising regional and inter-regional demand for both ICEs and EVs.


Vietnam’s VinFast announces Indian market penetration with $500m EV plant

2024-01-08T16:04:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Vinfast, Vietnam’s EV leader, invests $2 billion in Tamil Nadu, India, aiming to make it a premier EV hub. Plans include European expansion and presence in 50 global markets by 2024.

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Henkel supports innovation with Battery Engineering Center

2024-01-08T12:02:00+00:00By AMS

Henkel, a global leader in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings, has opened its revolutionary Battery Engineering Center within its Inspiration Center in Duesseldorf. Experts at Henkel explain the benefits of the new battery hub, and how it solidifies Henkel’s role as a premier design and innovation partner for OEMs in the automotive industry.


Is cost-cutting the newest trend among OEMs in Europe 2024? Watch this space…

2024-01-04T17:46:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

As Renault and VW move towards major and comprehensive cost-cutting projects, with the squeeze of uncertainties and inefficiencies, is this liable to spread?


The state and stipulation of automotive production: Retrospect 2023 to prospect 2024

2024-01-03T16:59:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

In 2023, the automotive industry underwent a transformative journey, adapting to trends such as sustainable materials, electric vehicle dominance and digitalisation. But what clues does 2023 provide about the vehicle manufacturing landscape in 2024?

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Simultaneous engineering – accelerating production line design, development and commissioning

2023-12-15T17:40:00+00:00By Nick Holt

The transition to electric vehicles has increased pressure on speeding product development and starting production operations

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Hyundai to build dedicated electric vehicle plant at Ulsan complex

2023-11-14T12:29:00+00:00By Nick Holt

Hyundai’s new plant will support its growth in electric vehicle production and will use an innovative manufacturing platform.

The Polestar 4 will be the first full battery electric vehicle produced in the Busan plant

Polestar to expand production operations for the fully-electric Polestar 4 in South Korea

2023-11-13T16:24:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

With production set to commence in the second half of 2025, the Polestar 4 will aim to make its mark in the North American and domestic South Korean markets.

Volvo Cars has announced it will begin production of the new EX30 model at its Ghent facility in Belgium beginning 2025, in response to robust demand.

Volvo Cars taps Ghent for EX30 production, supplementing China

2023-10-30T15:15:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Volvo Cars has announced it will begin production of the new EX30 model at its Ghent facility in Belgium beginning 2025, in response to robust demand. This expansion of manufacturing capabilities will cater to the growing interest in the compact SUV.

“Volvo Cars was looking for a long-term partner in factory automation, and we are proud that we will now shape the future of the automotive industry together”

Fanuc and Volvo Cars sign deal to transform automotive manufacturing with sustainable robotics

2023-10-23T15:34:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

In a landmark collaboration, Fanuc, the global leader in industrial robotics, and Volvo Cars are to reshape auto manufacturing with sustainability at the forefront

Toyota, renowned for its lean and efficient production methods, is currently unable to determine when production will resume

Toyota Japan's production halt expands across ten assembly lines following supplier explosion

2023-10-19T09:50:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

From explosions to system failures, Toyota Japan’s production standstills highlight the need for diverse supplier networks, robust safety measures and resilience