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Skoda Superb 2019 Kvasiny

Bohemian prosperity

2019-09-17T11:04:00+01:00By Gareth Price

After a record-breaking year, Skoda’s Kvasiny plant is aiming higher still, backed by industry 4.0. Gareth Price visits the operation in East Bohemia

CO2 emission regulations

Emissions regulations pose existential risk for OEMs

2019-09-17T08:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Escalating fines over CO2 and fuel standards, especially in Europe and China, are set to have significant impacts across OEM profits and investment plans, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.

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Powering the EV surge

2019-09-16T10:27:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Andreas Guecker, head of quality management and projects within BMW’s planning and production of E-Powertrains, offers an insight into the OEM’s e-drive production operations 

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Audi tests new sealing process in paint shop

2019-09-13T10:11:00+01:00By AMS

Hungary - The new sealing process could soon be rolled out across all Audi paint shops

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Skoda starts battery production for VW Group

2019-09-12T10:05:00+01:00By AMS

Czech Republic - Batteries for hybrid vehicles in the Volkswagen Group are being made at Skoda’s Mladá Boleslav factory

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Volkswagen electric vehicles - the next chapter

2019-09-11T10:54:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Factories that make vehicles with internal combustion engines could soon be making electric vehicles. Volkswagen has already started the transition at one of its plants

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Porsche starts electric Taycan production

2019-09-10T11:19:00+01:00By AMS

Germany - The Taycan electric sports car is being made in a new facility at Porche’s Zuffenhausen site

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Flexible thinking

2019-09-10T09:59:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Commercial vehicle sales in Russia are on the decline, but Volvo Trucks has a plan in place to deal with the tough conditions. Michael Nash reports

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Staying on track

2019-09-08T09:02:00+01:00By Ian Henry

FCA’s restructuring has proved successful and the Jeep brand continues to prosper with new models on the way, but there are still challenges to overcome. Ian Henry reports

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Clean, recycle, reimagine

2019-09-03T15:24:00+01:00By Castrol, sponsor partner

For precision cleaning of metalworked parts, Castrol’s Techniclean XBC has been designed with ‘circular economy’ characteristics built-in, making it durable and reusable to help reduce water consumption and process costs

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Nexen Tire opens new plant in Zatec

2019-09-03T15:22:00+01:00By AMS

Czech Republic - The new Nexen Tire facility includes an automated quality system that identifies defects before they are made

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Raising the bar

2019-09-02T14:32:00+01:00By Tornos, sponsor partner

The future looks bright as Tornos helps automotive players to meet their challenges with flexible and efficient technology

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Steel stays the distance

2019-09-02T14:16:00+01:00By SSAB, sponsor partner

SSAB’s Thomas Müller explains how new high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels can assist OEMs in cost-effectively improving the range of electric vehicles

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Success for Seat

2019-08-19T16:19:00+01:00By Ian Henry

Spain’s biggest exporter has turned its finances around and looks to have a bright future. Ian Henry reports

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Special deliveries

2019-08-16T12:24:00+01:00By Mike Farish

The deployment of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in automotive manufacturing applications is now well-established. Mike Farish reports on some of the latest developments

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Automation advances

2019-08-14T13:41:00+01:00By Mike Farish

AMS investigates how robotics can be adapted to a wider range of applications and the potential offered by 5G communications

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Valmet starts building battery test centre

2019-08-08T16:36:00+01:00By AMS

Germany - Valmet is upping its game in the battery field for electric vehicles

Roechling Automotive Slovakia

Röchling Automotive opens new Slovakia plant

2019-07-24T10:00:00+01:00By AMS

Slovakia - The new plant will be used to make a variety of different components for Daimler, JLR and PSA. 

Aston Martin DBX built at St Athan

Made in Wales

2019-07-22T12:12:00+01:00By Nick Gibbs

Nick Gibbs reports on the opening of Aston Martin’s SUV plant in South Wales, all set to build the new DBX

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