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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 2 – US coronavirus crisis in focus

2020-04-08T18:57:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

This episode, hosted by Christopher Ludwig, features global updates and automotive supply chain insight on the coronavirus crisis in the US, including an in-depth Q&A with Kristin Dziczek, vice-president of the renowned Center for Automotive Research (CAR) covering US federal stimulus, supply chain disruption and manufacturing process changes aimed at containing the spread of the virus and protecting workers.

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Register: Livestream Hour | Automotive INSIGHTS in Real Time

2020-04-06T13:36:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Hosted by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief at Ultima Media, the Livestream Hour will take place each week on Wednesdays. It will also be part of other Livestream special episodes and guests, including previews and follow-ups from our series of live and digital events for Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Automotive Logistics and Car Design News.  

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Watch: Your Questions Answered | Coronavirus (COVID-19): Automotive Supply Chain

2020-04-01T18:14:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Following our first Livestream Coronavirus Automotive Supply Chain Update, our panellists reconvene to discuss audience questions that were not answered during the broadcast. Watch this exclusive video recording of the discussion covering the long-term impacts of the coronavirus crisis on global vehicle demand, economic and environmental policy, logistics and manufacturing operations.

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Global vehicle demand forecast 2020-2030: The drastic impact of the coronavirus crisis

2020-03-26T10:50:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Download our full report and analysis on the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on global vehicle demand across major regions. Our forecast includes assessments according to best case, base case and worst case scenarios across North America, Europe, China, Japan, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

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Calling stop on automotive supply chains: How long can companies survive the Covid-19 crisis?

2020-03-20T13:49:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

With the coronavirus pandemic causing a level of automotive plant shutdowns not seen since the second world war, suppliers and logistics providers will face failures without direct support from government, and close collaboration with OEMs and industry.

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Augmented reality technology assists Volkswagen to remodel Chattanooga production lines

2020-03-13T12:25:00+00:00By Gareth Price

AR in factory floor design is helping VW make decisions faster and spot potential issues sooner 

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GM adds extra shifts at Lansing area assembly plants

2020-03-02T17:43:00+00:00By Nick Holt

General Motors will add more than 1200 new jobs at its Grand River and Delta Township assembly plants to support SUV and new sedan production

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Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

2020-02-16T18:55:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing manufacturing processes

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ABB: Safe and sound with servo

2020-02-11T09:50:00+00:00By ABB, sponsor partner

A collaboration between ABB and truck cab manufacturer Crenlo has resulted in a faster, robotic, servo spot-welding system, one that ably meets the plant’s comprehensive safety requirements

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Automotive suppliers buying and spinning their way into high tech segments

2020-02-05T06:45:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

As BorgWarner’s acquisition of Delphi Technologies shows, tier one automotive suppliers are turning to acquisitions and restructuring their business to focus on advanced technology, helping to protect margins, avoid commodification and transition to electrified powertrains

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GM assigns Detroit-Hamtramck as its first EV-dedicated plant

2020-01-29T10:35:00+00:00By Gareth Price

General Motors has announced plans to make Detroit-Hamtramck its first fully-dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant

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Electric vehicles could transform role of tier 1 suppliers in manufacturing

2020-01-22T15:24:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

As OEMs look to reduce production costs and manage more complexity, automotive suppliers will face challenges. But with more EV models in the pipeline, many have the opportunity to grab a larger piece of the pie both for manufacturing and the total value chain

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Toyota tops up US investment

2020-01-20T13:17:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Toyota has completed its US plant modernisation project, first announced in January 2017, with an additional $700 million for its Indiana facility

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GM invests in engine plant upgrades

2020-01-17T13:06:00+00:00By Gareth Price

General Motors has announced further upgrade programmes for two of its US engine plants, Spring Hill and Tonawanda

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GM Arlington: expansion and inspection on the Texas SUV lines

2020-01-13T15:05:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Upgrades at the home of GM’s full-size SUV production help to launch the new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban models for 2020

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RAV4 Hybrid production starts at TMMK

2020-01-09T12:24:00+00:00By Nick Holt

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), has started production of the 2020 RAV4 Hybrid SUV

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Tearing profits apart: how tier 1 automotive suppliers can mitigate shrinking margins

2020-01-07T19:00:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

The latest report by Automotive from Ultima Media examines the profits and outlook for the top 20 automotive parts suppliers and explores the strategies and solutions they should consider to avoid significant disruption in the 2020s

Automotive Tier Supplier Profit Analysis 2020: Mitigating Margin Compression Whilst Navigating Unprecedented Industry Transformation

Tier Supplier Profit Analysis: Mitigating Margin Compression and Manufacturing Costs

2020-01-06T10:30:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Automotive tier 1 suppliers are facing unprecedented industry transformation in electrification along with economic uncertainty. Download this report on the top 20 global suppliers for a deep analysis of their historic margins, as well as solutions for how suppliers could cope with growing pressures and changes in manufacturing across the supply base

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At the centre of change for Volkswagen Group

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Martin Hofmann, chief information office of the Volkswagen Group (pictured, right), explains how the carmaker is transforming its IT system backbone and legacy infrastructure across manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain and engineering – and how Volkswagen is now able to attract top software talent.

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Building Volkswagen’s Industrial Cloud

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Volkswagen Group’s landmark project with Amazon Web Services will help to connect all its global factories, and eventually the supply chain as well. At the core of the project is a drive to establish a standard software stack that will transform the way production IT is developed and implemented across Volkswagen locations.