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BASF research on materials for batteries

Electrification nation

2019-07-16T14:51:00+01:00By Michael Nash

A corridor of factories is being established in Finland to satisfy the rapid growth in demand for electric vehicle batteries


Volkswagen Group starts producing new gearbox

2019-07-15T11:39:00+01:00By AMS

Spain - Around 450,000 units of the new gearbox will be made of the new MQ281 gearbox

Uusikaupunki, Valmet Automotive

Valmet expands production at Uusikaupunki

2019-07-12T11:42:00+01:00By AMS

Finland - A new production line is being installed to speed up production and increase flexibility

thyssenkrupp crankshaft & connecting rod forging

thyssenkrupp invests in advanced forging line

2019-07-12T10:51:00+01:00By AMS

Germany - thyssenkrupp will make front axles for trucks and crankshafts on the new forging line


BMW Dingolfing

2019-07-09T13:41:00+01:00By AMS

BMW makes batteries and electric motors at its Dingolfing plant, as well as the 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Series models. The company’s electrified vehicle sales increased by 40% during 2018 when compared to 2017. 

BMW 7 Series final inspection Dingolfing

A blaze in Bavaria

2019-07-09T10:58:00+01:00By Michael Nash

The foundations have been laid at BMW’s Dingolfing plant to make more electrified models and components, but more is yet to come. Michael Nash reports

Gestamp Slovakia

Gestamp starts production in Slovakia

2019-07-04T16:30:00+01:00By AMS

Slovakia - Gestamp has started making aluminium components for JLR at its new Slovakia plant

Opel Astra

Opel to build new Astra in two Europe plants

2019-06-27T16:24:00+01:00By AMS

Italy - The new Opel Astra will be built in Germany and potentially the UK, depending on the outcome of Brexit

Nissan Qashqai Sunderland

Nissan builds 10m vehicles at Sunderland

2019-06-20T14:38:00+01:00By AMS

UK - Nissan has hit a major milestone at its Sunderland plant

Aston Martin DBX St Athan 11

Aston Martin St Athan

2019-06-12T14:13:00+01:00By AMS

Production has started at Aston Martin’s second UK manufacturing plant. Located in St Athan, Wales, it is the company’s sole production facility for the DBX - Aston Martin’s first SUV. 

Skoda Vision iV electric

Vision of the future

2019-06-10T10:41:00+01:00By Nick Gibbs

Skoda is set to make the leap into electro-mobility this year with the launch of the plug-in hybrid Superb and the all-electric version of the Citigo small car. Report by Nick Gibbs


Mercedes-AMG Affalterbach

2019-06-10T09:19:00+01:00By AMS

The newly developed Mercedes-AMG 2.0-litre M 139 engine in production at Affalterbach. It is the world’s most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine in series production.


Hino builds new factory in Russia

2019-06-06T13:58:00+01:00By AMS

Hino will be making light- and medium-duty at the factory in a bid to increase its global presence


Haval starts production in Russia

2019-06-03T14:21:00+01:00By AMS

The Chinese OEM is pushing ahead in its globalisation strategy

2019 Ford Kuga home charge

Ford’s new electric offering

2019-05-28T13:49:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Ford has recently announced it will bring 16 electrified vehicles to market in Europe over the next few years. Michael Nash provides a rundown of the first batch to be introduced

Ovako Sweden 2

Real clean steel

2019-05-21T16:15:00+01:00By Nick Holt

With vehicle-makers and tier suppliers wanting greater performance from less material weight, Ovako’s engineering steels seem a good fit. Nick Holt visits its production facility at Hofors in Sweden to find out more

Mercedes-Benz Actros Worth plant

Mercedes begins Actros production in Wörth


Germany - The first new Actros has come off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant in southern Germany. It is the first facility in the OEM’s global network to start making the new model.

Ford Saarlouis 7

Ford Saarlouis


Ford has recently invested in its Saarlouis plant to produce the latest generation of its popular Focus model. Key additions include the introduction of two hot forming press lines and eight related laser cutting stations for the high-strength steel sections.

Two tone cars

A two-tone finish

2019-04-29T13:53:00+01:00By Michael Nash, Bi-colour coats and enhanced quality assurance are high on the agenda in the paintshop at SEAT’s Martorell factory. Michael Nash gets an inside look

Bi-colour coats and enhanced quality assurance are high on the agenda in the paintshop at SEAT’s Martorell factory. Michael Nash gets an inside look

Mercedes-Benz Cars battery factory in the Neckar Valley at the Untertürkheim site in Germany

Mercedes starts building battery plant

2019-04-09T12:50:00+01:00By AMS

Germany - Mercedes-Benz has started the construction of its battery production facility in the Brühl sub-plant at Untertürkheim, Germany. This is part of the €1bn (US$1.13bn) investment that the OEM has set aside for its global battery production network, which currently comprises of nine battery factories at seven locations on ...