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Toyota Alabama Launches i-FORCE line enhancing Tacoma’s performance

2024-02-27T15:13:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

The launch of the i-FORCE 2.4L turbo engine line for enhanced Tacoma at Toyota Alabama affirms the OEMs commitment to diversified powertrains and job security

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Challenges looming for US vehicle production

2024-02-27T12:07:00+00:00By Ian Henry

EV production in the US is facing headwinds from both weakening demand and foreign competition.

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UAW-Ford avert strike at Kentucky after reaching tentative deal

2024-02-22T12:56:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

The United Auto Workers union and Ford have reached a tentative agreement that is expected to avert a strike that was due to upset production operations at the Kentuvky Truck Plant. With ratifications still looming, all parties involved seem to want to find common ground but this is stil uncertain.

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Magna secures major eDrive system contract for high-end OEM

2024-02-20T15:25:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Magna clinches a pivotal eDrive system contract, supporting a high-end North-American vehicle OEM in its electrification journey

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2024 Jeep Gladiator rolls out Toledo Assembly Complex alongside Wrangler

2024-02-20T14:32:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

With the Gladiator joining production of the Wrangler at the Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio, the facility draws attention to the tooling and upgrading that was set in motion in preparaton for its launch

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GM and Honda JV ‘FCSM’ begins producing hydrogen battery fuel cells

2024-02-16T14:12:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

GM-Honda collaboration FCSM kicks off hydrogen fuel cell production at its Michigan plant, setting a new standard in sustainable battery technology

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Toyota adds battery electric vehicle production to Kentucky

2024-02-13T15:28:00+00:00By Nick Holt

The $1.3billion investment at the Kentucky will support assembly of an all-new, three row battery electric SUV for the US market

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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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Nissan mulls migrating rogue production to Japan amid cost-cutting drive

2024-02-02T10:26:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Facing pressing cost reductions, Nissan considers relocating its flagship Rogue’s production from the US to Japan. With a stark 20% cost disparity favoring Japan, the automaker’s push for significant supplier discounts underscores a serious ultimatum forced by the OEMs attempt at securing a competitive edge in the automotive production

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

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

Download our 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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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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Henkel supports innovation with Battery Engineering Center

2024-01-08T12:02:00+00:00By AMS

Henkel, a global leader in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings, has opened its revolutionary Battery Engineering Center within its Inspiration Center in Duesseldorf. Experts at Henkel explain the benefits of the new battery hub, and how it solidifies Henkel’s role as a premier design and innovation partner for OEMs in the automotive industry.

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The state and stipulation of automotive production: Retrospect 2023 to prospect 2024

2024-01-03T16:59:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

In 2023, the automotive industry underwent a transformative journey, adapting to trends such as sustainable materials, electric vehicle dominance and digitalisation. But what clues does 2023 provide about the vehicle manufacturing landscape in 2024?

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Additive manufacturing and simulation technologies: an agile and resilient powerhouse in engine development

2023-12-19T11:44:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

Punch Torino elevates automotive engine production through collaboration with Markforged, a leader in additive manufacturing. This partnership fuels the creation of 3D-printed tools, including camshaft locking tools and simulation technology. By tackling crucial challenges and streamlining design iterations, the partnership achieves enhanced efficiency, cuts costs and contributes to the promotion of sustainable mobility within the automotive industry. Here’s how…

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Manufacturing the solution to thermal runaway in EV batteries

2023-12-05T14:37:00+00:00By Martin Kahl

At the core of ONE’s innovation lies a strategic inclination toward lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries over conventional lithium nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) chemistry. Emphasizing safety, extended cycle life, and cost efficiency, ONE confronts the looming challenge of thermal runaway – a pressing concern in lithium-ion batteries, with a chemical focus on  three pivotal ingredients…

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Ford scales down planned Michigan EV plant, GM scraps EV target

2023-11-27T16:27:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

Ford has downsized its planned EV plant in Marshall and GM has scrapped EV production targets as consumer EV demand dwindles.

General Motors’ acquisition of gigacasting expert Tooling & Equipment International (TEI) could signal a significant change in its EV manufacturing

GM secures ex-Tesla gigacasting specialist TEI: portents of a production pivot?

2023-11-21T15:26:00+00:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

GM’s recent acquisition of TEI, a company with a notable history of collaboration with Tesla in pioneering gigacasting technology, has set the automotive industry abuzz. With an estimated value approaching $100m the strategic move may indicated GM’s positioning to bolster its manufacturing capabilities in gigacasting.

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UAW workers ratify deals with GM, Ford and Stellantis

2023-11-20T16:49:00+00:00By Megan Kelly

Members of the United Auto Workers union (UAW) have ratified the tentative deals with GM, Ford and Stellantis following weeks of strikes against the Detroit ‘Big Three’.