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Sustainability at the core of leadership at Scania and ArcelorMittal

2020-11-30T16:28:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

At last week’s inaugural AMS livestream, Scania’s Mathias Wijkström was joined by ArcelorMittal’s Hugo Da Gama Campos to discuss making automotive production greener and how it is vital to put sustainability at the heart of the production system.

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Register now: Supporting production through automation – from AI to cobots (EP.2)

2020-11-27T16:32:00+00:00By AMS

This Livestream Hour episode will discuss how automation and AI can support automotive manufacturing with technology leaders from BMW and Ford, together with systems and software specialists. Join us on Wednesday December 17.

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Watch: Strategies for Greener Production (EP.1)

2020-11-25T22:30:00+00:00By AMS

This AMS Livestream Hour episode discusses how automotive manufacturers are making their plants and value chains more sustainable through new processes and technology, with special guests including Scania and ArcelorMittal. Watch and download slides.

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AMS Environment and Sustainability 2020 Edition is available to view now

2020-11-24T11:49:00+00:00By AMS

For the automotive industry environmental sustainability is not just important for the vehicles they produce, it is also a key factor in the production process. This edition of AMS takes a close look at sustainable production, utilising recycled materials and renewable energy sources

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Audi introduces closed-loop systems for aluminium, wastewater and plastic

2020-11-23T16:06:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Audi has detailed how it is introducing closed-loop systems to its plants as part of its goal to make all its five plants carbon-neutral by 2025. This includes aluminium, wastewater and a pilot project for chemical recycling of plastics.

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Scania to build battery plant and research centre in Sweden

2020-11-23T12:36:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Scania is building a lithium battery assembly facility at its plant in Södertälje, Sweden to support production of a range of electric trucks and buses. The cells will be supplied by Northvolt in Sweden but battery module assembly onsite will overcome the dangers and cost associated with the inbound delivery of finished modules

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Can UK manufacturing keep up with a 2030 ban on new ICE vehicle sales?

2020-11-23T11:46:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

The UK government has announced it is bringing forward its plans to phase out the sale of new cars and vans powered by internal combustion engines. Daniel Harrison, automotive analyst at Ultima Media, examines how realistic that is and whether supply chains are ready to produce enough electric vehicles and batteries.

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Magna to build Fisker Ocean electric vehicle in Europe

2020-10-25T18:00:00+00:00By Marcus Williams, Christopher Ludwig

Magna International is going to build start-up EV brand Fisker’s forthcoming Ocean SUV under contract at its Magna Steyr manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria.

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Chinese carmaker Haval signs a major investment contract in Russia

2020-10-22T14:02:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Chinese carmaker Haval has signed a special investment contract worth 42.4 billion rubles ($650m) to expand the car plant it opened in Uzlovaya last year and build a components plant to localise the supply of core parts, including engines, transmissions, electronic control modules, and vehicle control systems

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AMS Autumn 2020 – At the cutting edge, the latest on 3D printing and aluminium welding

2020-10-19T12:19:00+01:00

The latest issue Automotive Manufacturing Solutions features insight on 3D printing of parts and tooling with Porsche, Audi and Seat, digital solutions for aluminium welding and much more. With technology solutions from ABB, Rockwell Automation, Henkel and Castrol. 

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2,200 new robots to improve automation at VW Chattanooga, Emden and Hannover plants

2020-10-16T14:25:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

Volkswagen is investing in automation with robots from Fanuc and ABB at its Chattanooga, Emden and Hannover plants, in preparation for those factories to start producing electric vehicles based on the MEB platform. The robots are to be mainly used for body production and battery assembly.

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Can Tesla shift the balance of EV battery and cell manufacturing away from China?

2020-10-12T13:43:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

At Tesla’s recent Battery Day presentation, the company promised to shake up its battery supply chains by moving into cell production and even the mining of raw material, but how realistic are these targets?

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Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale Part 1: Global logistics lessons with the Volkswagen Group

2020-07-23T23:40:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

As part of our finale for this season’s Livestream Hour, watch this exclusive interview with our special guest Matthias Braun, who leads digitalisation and concept development for group logistics at the Volkswagen Group, on how the carmaker has managed its supply chain through all phases of the coronavirus crisis so far, and lessons for the future

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Transforming a field into a factory – Jaguar Land Rover in Slovakia

2020-07-21T09:27:00+01:00By Mark Parody – Plant launch specialist

Plant launch specialist Mark Parody reflects on the approach he took when set the daunting task of launching production at Jaguar Land Rover’s state-of-the-art factory at Nitra, Slovakia, including putting together a new team and coordinating significant complexity at each stage of manufacturing

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 11 – Rebuilding greener supply chains

2020-07-08T16:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we look at the how the automotive industry is using new technology to design and execute greener, more sustainable supply chains including reduced emissions and responding to changing legislation. With insight from Kuehne + Nagel, University of Applied Science Stuttgart and CSR Europe.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 10 – The Rise of AI & Analytics in Logistics

2020-07-01T16:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the technology and processes that are accelerating more connected, data-driven supply chains, and the greater role they will play in the post-coronavirus automotive industry. With special guests from Volkswagen, research institute Fraunhofer ISST and tech startup SYNAOS.

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Watch: Automotive Supply Chain June Update with Volkswagen and Visteon – Leadership in a Crisis

2020-06-25T09:18:00+01:00

Our coronavirus series provide critical information and strategic insight to help design more resilient automotive supply chains. In our June update, key decision makers, including from Volkswagen Group and Visteon, share insight on the challenges of leadership in a crisis and how to respond to build stronger supply chains.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 9 – Automotive Supply Chain in Focus – Europe

2020-06-18T00:40:00+01:00

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss key challenges facing Europe’s automotive manufacturers and suppliers with electronics and wiring harness supplier LEONI and with PWC, covering the strategies required to continue to restart and recover, as well as the structural changes that may change the shape of the supply chain. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig. Register or login to watch.

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Coronavirus and beyond: Europe vehicle demand and finished vehicle logistics outlook 2020-2030

2020-06-04T19:07:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Download this report for a forecast of European new vehicle demand from 2020-2030 across the region and the top five markets, and analysis of impacts and changes for the European finished vehicle logistics sector. This report is the latest from ECG Business Intelligence, a collaboration between the Association of European Vehicle Logistics and Automotive from Ultima Media