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Vauxhall electrifies Luton with Vivaro Electric production set for 2025

2024-02-27T10:40:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Vauxhall gears up for a new era in Luton as Vivaro Electric enters limited production from 2025, driving Stellantis’ UK EV manufacturing

Among other things, another shift is to be introduced in the autumn for the ramp-up of the Mini Countryman at the BMW plant in Leipzig. (Image- BMW)

BMW is preparing for a three-shift operation at its Leipzig plant for Mini Countryman

2024-02-14T17:31:00+00:00By AMS

BMW Leipzig plant pauses car production to prepare for the fully electric Mini Countryman, signaling a major production expansion shift.

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ACC raises €4.4 billion for three gigafactories in Europe

2024-02-12T13:09:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

Europe is becoming an increasingly popular region for battery manufacturing, with ACC, CATL, Northvolt and Farasis setting up production facilities across the continent. 

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Powertrain – Reducing waste in machining fluids

2024-02-09T12:48:00+00:00By Nick Holt

JLR offers a very interesting sustainability case study on powertrain production processes at its Electric Propulsion Manufacturing Centre.

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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

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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.

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Porsche plant in Leipzig wins Factory of the Year

2024-02-06T10:36:00+00:00By AMS

The Porsche plant is set to begin producing the new all-electric Macan SUV using the PPE platform. 

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Porsche launches all-electric Macan

2024-02-05T18:16:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

 Porsche will build its first Porsche models on the PPE platform at its factory in Leipzig, Germany.

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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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The co-evolution of EVs, architectures and production processes

2024-01-30T17:04:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Electric vehicles are reshaping manufacturing norms, from platform flexibility to crash protection systems, challenging traditional designs and material choices amidst evolving battery technologies. ArcelorMittal and Gestamp dive into challenges and solutions.

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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.

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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

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Watch Now: Shaping the future: How electric vehicles are driving manufacturing decisions

2024-01-24T09:30:00+00:00

Explore electric vehicle (EV) architecture design and manufacturing complexities, from flexible platforms to battery integration challenges.

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Tata Steel to close two blast furnaces in Port Talbot causing major setback to regional automotive production

2024-01-23T14:42:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

The closures are to have a significant impact on the automotive production environment and supply chains across the region. Is the transition to green steel upsetting traditional ecosystems?

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AMS & ABB Automotive Manufacturing Outlook Survey 2023 results: A positive outlook despite evolving challenges

2024-01-22T17:21:00+00:00By AMS

Download the latest global survey results to gain expert insight into automotive manufacturing trends, gauge the current sentiment across the automotive sector and learn about the broader industry outlook for 2024 and beyond.

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Škoda accelerates SUV innovation with second-generation Kodiaq launch in Kvasiny

2024-01-22T16:44:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Marking a new era in its SUV campaign, Škoda Auto commences production of the revamped Kodiaq in Kvasiny, blending cutting-edge technology with sustainability and design excellence. The upgrade improves the manufacturing capabilities of the site while also equipping it for the production of the new Kodiaq iV, introducing a plug-in hybrid drivetrain to the series for the first time.

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Is sodium-ion the future of battery tech? - Stellantis Ventures all-in on Tiamat

2024-01-18T00:41:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

France’s Tiamat has taken the spotlight with its advanced sodium-ion battery cell chemistry, awarded by Stellantis for its potential to offer a lower cost per kWh and an eco-friendly alternative to lithium-ion. Stellantis Ventures, the corporate venture fund of automotive giant Stellantis N.V., has recently announced strategic investment in Tiamat, signaling a strong belief in the sodium-ion technology’s potential.

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Design and manufacturing integration, digitalisation key to cost and sustainability gains for BMW’s Neue Klasse

2024-01-12T01:03:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

To realise large cost and emission savings on its EV architecture, BMW is redesigning vehicles and manufacturing in parallel, and rolling out rapid digital solutions.

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A class of its own: transforming BMW production for next-gen EVs

2024-01-12T00:27:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

BMW’s home plant will produce only EVs by 2027, with much of the century-old factory rebuilt to meet new levels of efficiency and digitalisation, without missing a beat of ongoing production.

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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.