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At its factory in Fremont, California, Tesla runs one of the world’s most advanced factories in the automotive world

Tesla gets the gig in Berlin

2019-11-15T13:46:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Electric carmaker Tesla is to build its next Gigafactory in Germany, co-founder and CEO Elon Musk told an awards ceremony in the country on Tuesday.

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Lamborghini puts the AI in paint

2019-11-14T11:55:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Chief manufacturing officer at the Sant’Agata Bolognese plant, Ranieri Niccoli speaks to AMS about the smart features now employed in the factory’s new paintshop


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Gareth Price visits HMMC, Hyundai’s fully integrated production operation at the centre of Europe

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VW Zwickau leads the MEB charge as ID.3 goes into production

2019-11-04T12:22:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Volkswagen’s vision for its newly-converted Zwickau plant is that it will become an emobility flagship – a state-of-the-art, flexible, high-tech factory with digitalisation underpinning all areas. Now series production of the ID.3 electric vehicle has begun there, VW’s new era is formally underway…

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FCA–PSA fusion: first of the electric shock waves?

2019-11-04T05:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

The merger attempt by FCA and PSA will be complicated but makes economic and operational sense, including for manufacturing efficiency. Whether or not it goes ahead, more consolidation is likely as the automotive industry gears up for electrification

The external exoskeleton devices help reduce stresses placed on the muscles of line workers

Nissan puts exoskeletons to the test

2019-10-31T17:04:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Nissan has been testing new ergonomic-assistance devices to be worn by assembly workers performing overhead tasks

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A divided global electric vehicle market could limit OEM economies of scale in manufacturing

2019-10-30T12:20:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Sales of hybrid and battery electric vehicles are set for significant regional divergence, which could fragment economies of scale across automotive production, R&D and technology costs, according to a new powertrain forecast by Automotive from Ultima Media

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Global trade disputes could dim electric vehicle production potential in key markets

2019-10-28T19:11:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Trade uncertainties such as those between the US and China, or the UK and the EU, could put the brakes on growth in the electric vehicle and battery supply chain for some OEMs and countries, despite bullish forecasts for alternative powertrains 

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Powertrain forecast to 2030: Navigating the road to electrification

2019-10-24T19:13:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Download this report for forecasts of eight different powertrains across major regions, including hybridisation, electrification and internal combustion engines, which reveals changes that will have huge implications for the future of automotive manufacturing. The latest insight by the business intelligence unit of Automotive from Ultima Media

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FCA to build battery assembly complex

2019-10-24T15:34:00+01:00By AMS

Italy - FCA will construct a battery assembly facility to support its electrification strategy

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Volkswagen ramps up new Golf production

2019-10-23T09:27:00+01:00By AMS

Germany - The new Golf is being produced faster than its predecessor thanks to various improvements to the Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant

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CATL begins building battery factory

2019-10-22T16:01:00+01:00By AMS

Germany - CATL is looking to serve its many European carmaker customers from its new factory


Weighing up the long-term future for Rüsselsheim

2019-10-18T16:25:00+01:00By Ian Henry

Opel management believe the Rüsselsheim plant is secure for the next decade but, with compact cars sales in decline and competition fierce, Ian Henry believes serious questions remain

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Bentley starts Flying Spur production

2019-10-17T09:35:00+01:00By AMS

UK - Bentley Motors is now producing the new Flying Spur at its Crewe plant

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Ford starts production of new Puma

2019-10-09T16:39:00+01:00By AMS

Romania - Ford has started making the new Puma in Craiova after a significant investment was made at its plant


Form and function

2019-10-08T14:38:00+01:00By James Bakewell

Developments in composite parts are continuing to offer the automotive industry a variety of weight and cost advantages in high-volume production

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A proactive approach

2019-10-07T12:11:00+01:00By Mike Farish

Predictive maintenance offers big gains in production efficiency. Mike Farish looks at some examples of how these systems have been developed and applied

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Bentley Motors plant becomes carbon neutral

2019-10-04T15:48:00+01:00By AMS

UK - The Bentley Motors plant in Crewe is now operating as a carbon neutral facility

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Russia’s powerhouse

2019-10-04T13:08:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Volkswagen has recorded notable growth in Russia over the last few years, but management are being careful not to get excited. Michael Nash gets the inside view

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Stricter EU CO2 regulations will reshape vehicle platforms and car design

2019-10-04T11:20:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

As OEMs try to reduce CO2 and transition to electric vehicles in the face of the high fines, we expect a profound impact on vehicle design.