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GM invests $918m in four US powertrain production facilities

2023-01-24T11:02:00+00:00By AMS

Investment will prepare four GM plants for production of 6th generation small block V8 and EV components


LG and Honda formalise joint venture to produce lithium-ion batteries in the US

2023-01-17T11:35:00+00:00By AMS

The new battery plant will exclusively supply Honda plants in North America to power battery-electric vehicles produced and sold in in the region


StoreDot opens US innovation hub for development of semi-solid state batteries

2023-01-10T10:51:00+00:00By AMS

New California innovation facility to accelerate StoreDot’s development of semi solid battery technology and battery material research


Multi part integrated BIW solutions and advanced steel grades support EV production

2023-01-10T10:18:00+00:00By ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal Global R&D Head of Automotive Steel Solutions, Jérôme Favero discusses how the company’s Multi Part Integration solution is an innovation that has been driven by the challenging context of Battery Electric Vehicle production


Honda Alabama starts production of all-new Pilot

2023-01-04T13:01:00+00:00By AMS

Honda’s Alabama plant requires substantial production changes to build all-new Pilot SUV


Data at the heart of Europe’s manufacturing evolution

2022-12-08T17:57:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Audi, BMW and AWS joined the opening panel at Automotive Evolution Europe to discuss opportunities in data analytics, artificial intelligence, digital simulation, the industrial cloud and tools that support them.

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Winning the war for energy and talent: how ZF is upgrading plants and skills for growth in EVs and electronics

2022-11-24T19:52:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Arno Güllering talks to AMS about how ZF is accelerating its use of renewable energy, building more critical components in house, decentralising its data analysis and training staff to produce more electronics. 

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Ford fitting out Rouge plant to quadruple F-150 EV output after sales stampede

2022-11-16T15:33:00+00:00By Peter Murphy

The use of automated guided vehicles instead of a traditional assembly line format is a key enabler in the aggressive production ramp-up Ford is implementing.


Volvo to build new EX90 electric SUV in USA from 2023, Chinese production to follow

2022-11-14T14:42:00+00:00By Peter Murphy

The Swedish car brand says the new electric SUV is a milestone in its journey to producing only electric cars by 2030.


Leader of the pack: GM looks to optimised cell chemistry and format for EV success

2022-11-10T18:56:00+00:00By Mike Farish

GM focuses on optimising the Ultium battery cells and pack to make it configurable across a number of vehicle segments


After baptism of fire, BMW plant has room to grow in Mexico

2022-11-03T10:23:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Peter Murphy

Under Mexico plant director Harald Gottsche, BMW has launched new models during the pandemic, navigated supply disruptions, integrated new technology and maintained staff levels – and it’s ready to expand. 


BMW San Luis Potosí receives award for best practices in socio-environmental responsibility

2022-11-01T11:24:00+00:00By AMS

BMW’s plant at San Luis Potosí (SLP) has received recognition for its progress in the UN Sustainable Development Goals Challenge


Bosch to invest $260m to expand US e-motor production as order book grows

2022-10-26T13:58:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

The additional investment comes just as the Charleston, South Carolina plant begins producing its first motors, as further demand arrives.

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Arrival opts for US EV van manufacture over UK, BMW to end MINI EV at Oxford

2022-10-21T17:04:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

The double whammy of departures is a blow to the UK’s ambitions and investment to take a leading role in delivering solutions for zero transport mobility.

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BMW makes $1.7bn investment to start EV production in US, make batteries

2022-10-19T17:55:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

The investment heralds a push towards US production of EVs for the automaker with battery cells to be made 25 miles from its Spartanburg plant.


Watch: Next-gen car body building

2022-10-11T17:02:00+01:00By AMS

Innovations in vehicle body and module architectures are enabling more sustainable production. Experts from REE Automotive, Magswitch and others discuss opportunities in the next AMS Livestream.

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BMW opens digital upskilling, future technologies training centre at Spartanburg

2022-10-11T09:43:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Automakers and component suppliers are increasingly turning to internal training to match skills to the rapid pace of automotive’s digital and electric transition.

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GM benefits from EV plant upgrades across North America in pick-up truck battle

2022-10-07T06:30:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

General Motors’ investments in EV trucks and pick-up manufacturing position it to capture growth in what is a fiercely contested segment in North America.

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Nissan promotes Brian Crockett to vice-president of manufacturing at Smyrna, US plant

2022-10-05T12:06:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Crockett will move to the vice-president of manufacturing role from senior director, overseeing productivity and quality.

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Hertz turns to GM and Sixt to China’s BYD for nearly 300,000 electrified rental cars

2022-10-04T12:02:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Hertz will place orders for up to 175,000 electric cars from General Motors over the next five years and Sixt will order around 100,000 BEVs and PHEVs from BYD.