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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 2 – US coronavirus crisis in focus

2020-04-08T18:57:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

This episode, hosted by Christopher Ludwig, features global updates and automotive supply chain insight on the coronavirus crisis in the US, including an in-depth Q&A with Kristin Dziczek, vice-president of the renowned Center for Automotive Research (CAR) covering US federal stimulus, supply chain disruption and manufacturing process changes aimed at containing the spread of the virus and protecting workers.

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Register: Livestream Hour | Automotive INSIGHTS in Real Time

2020-04-06T13:36:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Hosted by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief at Ultima Media, the Livestream Hour will take place each week on Wednesdays. It will also be part of other Livestream special episodes and guests, including previews and follow-ups from our series of live and digital events for Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Automotive Logistics and Car Design News.  

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Zipse blog sets out BMW’s response to the coronavirus crisis

2020-04-03T14:59:00+01:00By Gareth Price

As China operations resume, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse sets out the action areas to steer the company’s global production through the crisis …

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Watch: Your Questions Answered | Coronavirus (COVID-19): Automotive Supply Chain

2020-04-01T18:14:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Following our first Livestream Coronavirus Automotive Supply Chain Update, our panellists reconvene to discuss audience questions that were not answered during the broadcast. Watch this exclusive video recording of the discussion covering the long-term impacts of the coronavirus crisis on global vehicle demand, economic and environmental policy, logistics and manufacturing operations.

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More views from the “lighthouse”: Industry 4.0 instils culture change at Ford Otosan

2020-03-27T16:02:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Ranked among the WEF Global Lighthouse Network, Ford Otosan’s Industry 4.0 strategy has improved mindsets as well as datasets

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Global vehicle demand forecast 2020-2030: The drastic impact of the coronavirus crisis

2020-03-26T10:50:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Download our full report and analysis on the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on global vehicle demand across major regions. Our forecast includes assessments according to best case, base case and worst case scenarios across North America, Europe, China, Japan, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

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Calling stop on automotive supply chains: How long can companies survive the Covid-19 crisis?

2020-03-20T13:49:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

With the coronavirus pandemic causing a level of automotive plant shutdowns not seen since the second world war, suppliers and logistics providers will face failures without direct support from government, and close collaboration with OEMs and industry.

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When the Covid-19 crisis is over, what ‘new normal’ can automotive suppliers expect to emerge?

2020-03-19T11:08:00+00:00By Ian Henry

As the global automotive industry faces shutdowns, for who knows how long, it is worth considering how it might change or evolve once the pandemic’s peak has passed. Some companies, from vehicle companies down throughout the supply chain, may well go under, owing to the financial shock which Covid-19 is causing.

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Coronavirus live blog: Vehicle plants set for wide-scale halt in production

2020-03-17T15:19:00+00:00By Gareth Price

As OEMs manage temporary plant shutdowns across their manufacturing networks, follow our updates on the latest idling and resumption of production …

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Viewed from the “lighthouse”: Renault plants connected to smart production

2020-03-16T16:28:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Recognised by the WEF Global Lighthouse Network, Renault’s deep dive into industry 4.0 has launched a plethora of active improvement projects

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Italy’s OEMs and suppliers stay resolute through national coronavirus measures

2020-03-11T09:59:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

FCA, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo Brembo and Pirelli – the famous names of the Italian automotive industry are battling on through the Covid-19 crisis

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Volvo adds battery assembly line at Ghent

2020-03-06T12:54:00+00:00By Nick Holt

The new battery line at the Belgium plant will support production of the XC40 Recharge P8, Volvo’s first fully electric car, with production scheduled to begin later this year

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Coronavirus: how the OEMs are responding

2020-03-05T14:31:00+00:00By Gareth Price, Marcus Williams

As coronavirus measures continue to affect vehicle production, AMS spoke to Renault, Toyota, PSA, BMW, Nissan, Volkswagen and Honda on how they are keeping assembly lines moving

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​Europe presents a brave face over production halts in China and Italy

2020-03-05T10:21:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

While Europe-based vehicle makers appear resilient in the face of assembly line disruption caused by the coronavirus shutdowns, a number of factors coming into play that could see production affected over the coming weeks

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Morgan Motors: twinning tradition and technology

2020-03-02T17:31:00+00:00By Gareth Price, Chris Pickering

The Morgan Motor Company’s workshop is a car factory like no other…

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Strong, light and formable, stainless steel re-enters the material mix

2020-02-28T14:48:00+00:00By James Bakewell

Helsinki-based Outokumpu says stainless steels are ideal for lightweight, safety-critical structural parts and have put it to use in the series production of EV battery enclosures 

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Automotive supplier job cuts inevitable, German economic survey reveals

2020-02-18T16:27:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Slowing orders and the electrification transition prompts tier ones to trim back on investment, a DIHK study finds

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Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

2020-02-16T18:55:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing manufacturing processes

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More investment needed in EV battery production

2020-02-14T19:46:00+00:00By Nick Holt

There are concerns regarding battery and cell production capacity in Europe as electric vehicle production is restricted by a shortage of batteries

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Automotive suppliers buying and spinning their way into high tech segments

2020-02-05T06:45:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

As BorgWarner’s acquisition of Delphi Technologies shows, tier one automotive suppliers are turning to acquisitions and restructuring their business to focus on advanced technology, helping to protect margins, avoid commodification and transition to electrified powertrains