North America

The latest news from around North America

North America News

SKInnovation_Georgia

Battery makers settle legal dispute over supply to US

2021-04-12T17:30:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation are settling their legal dispute relating to EV battery supply in the US and South Korea.

Screenshot 2021-03-17 at 15.26.56

AMS E-mobility 2021 – Electric vehicle production powers up

2021-03-17T12:26:00+00:00By AMS

Our latest AMS digital edition is out with a special focus on the acceleration towards an all-electric future for automotive industry. The issue offers in-depth insight into leading carmaker’s and tier supplier EV strategies, looking at drivetrains, battery assembly and specialist materials, with interviews featuring Schaeffler, Atlas Copco, Outokumpu and more.

Thumbnail 600x400

Register: Electrifying Production – How to build an electric future (Pt.2)

2021-03-15T09:28:00+00:00By AMS

In the second part of our Electrifying Production Livestream series, AMS explores how OEMs are ramping up electric vehicle production. We get an insider view on manufacturing innovations from Volkswagen Group and Ford, and further insights from manufacturing specialists Renishaw and Atlas Copco.

2022-GMC-HUMMER-EV-003

Magna’s new US facility to build EV battery enclosures

2021-03-02T10:33:00+00:00By AMS

The new Magna Electric Vehicle Structures plant will be built in St. Clair, Michigan

Lab

BMW to construct new US training centre at Spartanburg

2021-02-23T10:22:00+00:00By AMS

The OEM has broken ground on the new 67,000 sq. ft. building at its South Carolina manufacturing site

UltiumCellsToppingOut03

Ultium Cells completes steel building structure

2021-02-23T09:54:00+00:00By AMS

The joint venture between General Motors and LG Chem has taken another step towards start of production of Ultium battery cells with the completion of the steel work for the new manufacturing facility at Lordstown, Ohio

Tesla Gigafactory Texas snow

Texas winter storm blackouts hit automotive sector

2021-02-22T15:14:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Severe weather conditions in the US state of Texas over the last ten days have closed down manufacturing locations, including vehicle and parts supplier plants, as well as disrupting delivery routes.

VW ID.4 on ice

SK Innovation banned from the US for 10 Years following LG lawsuit

2021-02-15T13:34:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

The US International Trade Commission has imposed a 10-year ban on SK Innovation for the importation, domestic production, and sale of electric vehicle batteries within the US because of intellectual property theft from rival LG Chem. It is a tough sentence, but perhaps unsurprising given the context of the global push to electrification.

Screenshot 2021-02-11 at 13.00.10

AMS Tier Supplier 2021 – Adapt, survive and thrive

2021-02-15T06:30:00+00:00By AMS

Our latest AMS digital edition is out with a special focus on how tier suppliers are seizing the opportunities emerging from the shift to e-mobility. The issue features in-depth insight on EV drivetrains, chassis development, electronics supply and creating smart interiors, with interviews featuring ZF, Gestamp, Yanfeng and more.

GMEVDay02

Localised battery production key to EV penetration in North America

2021-02-12T18:24:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Electric vehicle sales in North America have lagged other regions, but changing US policy and new technology is set to change that – as long as the region can develop a local lithium-ion battery value chain

22MDX_Production_EndofLIne-source

East Liberty Auto plant starts production of new Acura MDX

2021-01-14T17:09:00+00:00By AMS

The fourth-generation MDX, has been designed, developed and manufactured by a team of associates in Ohio and California, and is underpinned by an all-new light truck platform

Ford Fiesta Cobots Cologne

AI and automation in automotive production need people and quality data to succeed

2020-12-23T16:19:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Experts from BMW, Ford, Symbio Robotics and Cosmo Tech discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in automotive production need fast ramp-up times and adoption by employees to succeed. High-quality data and use of simulation are also key.

AMS Tier Supplier ZF, Gestamp, Yanfeng manufacturing and electrification

AMS Winter 2020 – Supporting production through automation and AI

2020-12-21T16:20:00+00:00By AMS

The latest AMS edition is out with a special focus on automation opportunities, including for artificial intelligence and cobots. The issue features in-depth insight on robotics and new processes, with interviews featuring BMW, Fraunhofer, Drishti and many more.

LH_SP_Thumbnail_600x400_PostEvent

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

2020-12-18T09:10:00+00:00By AMS

This Livestream Hour episode discusses how automation and AI can support automotive manufacturing with technology leaders from BMW and Ford, together with systems and software specialists.

BMW Group BEV range

Integrating robotics and electric powertrains in BMW production

2020-12-14T15:01:00+00:00By Mark Smyth

BMW is on an EV offensive and is taking the opportunity to revamp its plants with automation and digital twins. Mark Smyth spoke to the global boss of production, Milan Nedeljković, about the challenges and opportunities

AMS Environment and Sustainability cover 2

AMS Environment and Sustainability 2020 – Greener production, battery recycling, decarbonising materials and more

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

Audi Aluminium closed loop

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.

It's claimed the plant, which will be about the size of 30 football fields, will have an annual capacity of more than 30 gigawatt hours and room for expansion

Lordstown development moves GM closer to all-electric future

2020-11-09T16:29:00+00:00By AMS

GM says it will create more than 1,100 new jobs in Northeast Ohio with the construction of its Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing facility in Lordstown

Exteriors-GACC-JV-Composite_Liftgates

Stable growth post-Covid will depend on greater supplier collaboration

2020-11-09T16:24:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

At last week’s Livestream Hour Joe McCabe, CEO and president of AutoForecast Solutions, said 2021 was going to be a recovery year in global vehicle production and that continued recovery to 2027 would be based on greater stability. A more globally integratred supply chain, thanks in part to revision of Trump policy following last week’s election, and provide opportunities for tier suppliers, who are getting more involved complex subassembly 

Cadillac Lyriq Spring Hill

GM invests $4 billion to prepare Spring Hill and Detroit-Hamtramck plants for EV production

2020-10-22T13:55:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

General Motors is moving forward with investments to equip its factories to produce electric vehicles (EVs). The Spring Hill, Tennessee plant gets a $2 billion upgrade to produce the Cadillac Lyriq and the and Detroit-Hamtramck plant will see $2.2 billion invested to produce the recently unveiled GMC Hummer EV.