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technology removes the need to develop specific communications systems or redesign complex wiring schemes for each new vehicle

GM reveals wireless battery management system

2020-09-14T12:07:00+01:00By AMS

This new system will allow the use of a common set of battery components across GM’s electric vehicle range

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Automotive Coatings 2020 digital edition featuring Toyota, Mazda, GM, Dürr and more

2020-08-20T14:53:00+01:00

Read the latest AMS interactive digital on automotive coating and paint innovations, featuring General Motors, Toyota, Mazda, Dürr and more.

The Engineering and Planning Centre (EPC) in Chattanooga will feature a high-voltage laboratory designed to develop and test electric vehicle cells and battery packs for upcoming models assembled in

VW develops Chattanooga plant for future EV production

2020-08-17T14:35:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Volkswagen says it is expanding its Tennessee factory to build a North American centre for electric vehicles, for both assembly and engineering functions

Full-scale construction of the MTM plant continues, with 75%-100% completion on roofing, siding, floor slabs, ductwork, fire protection and electrical

Mazda and Toyota make additional investment in US joint-venture

2020-08-17T14:12:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The Japanese OEMs have announced an additional $830m investment into their new production facility in Alabama, US. Funding for the joint-venture has increased to $2.3 billion, up from the $1.6 billion originally announced in 2018

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Event preview – Surcar North America: Virtual Summit 2020

2020-07-30T10:24:00+01:00By Gareth Price

Automotive coating experts set the scene as networking opportunities reconvene

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Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale | Part 2: Update from North America with Honda and Benteler

2020-07-29T20:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Don’t miss the last Livestream Hour episode this season as our guests provide insight on how the coronavirus crisis is currently affecting production and the supply chain in North America, featuring Hector Martinez from Honda de Mexico and Maxim Serov from global tier 1 Benteler.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Season Finale Part 1: Global logistics lessons with the Volkswagen Group

2020-07-23T23:40:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

As part of our finale for this season’s Livestream Hour, watch this exclusive interview with our special guest Matthias Braun, who leads digitalisation and concept development for group logistics at the Volkswagen Group, on how the carmaker has managed its supply chain through all phases of the coronavirus crisis so far, and lessons for the future

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 13 – Start-up OEM supply chains with INEOS Automotive

2020-07-22T21:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Watch this discussion to hear key insights and ask questions to our special guest panel including INEOS Automotive’s head of supply chain management, Marko Weisshaar

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 12 – North American vehicle ports

2020-07-15T16:44:00+01:00

This week’s show will feature insights into how leading automotive ports have adapted rapidly to manage the crisis, how they are using digital technologies and investing in smart infrastructure to better support the automotive supply chain.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 11 – Rebuilding greener supply chains

2020-07-08T16:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we look at the how the automotive industry is using new technology to design and execute greener, more sustainable supply chains including reduced emissions and responding to changing legislation. With insight from Kuehne + Nagel, University of Applied Science Stuttgart and CSR Europe.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 10 – The Rise of AI & Analytics in Logistics

2020-07-01T16:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the technology and processes that are accelerating more connected, data-driven supply chains, and the greater role they will play in the post-coronavirus automotive industry. With special guests from Volkswagen, research institute Fraunhofer ISST and tech startup SYNAOS.

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Watch: Automotive Supply Chain June Update with Volkswagen and Visteon – Leadership in a Crisis

2020-06-25T09:18:00+01:00

Our coronavirus series provide critical information and strategic insight to help design more resilient automotive supply chains. In our June update, key decision makers, including from Volkswagen Group and Visteon, share insight on the challenges of leadership in a crisis and how to respond to build stronger supply chains.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 7 - Finished Vehicle Logistics: Restarting the network

2020-06-03T15:35:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

This special livestream episode focuses on the finished vehicle logistics network and how it is preparing to restart for the new normal, with insights from Hyundai Glovis, ProAct and more. Hosted by Christopher Ludwig and featuring updates and insights from the crisis and beyond for automotive supply chain and manufacturing.

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VIDEO: Nissan outlines major overhaul of global production base

2020-05-28T17:53:00+01:00By Gareth Price

Vehicle assembly at Barcelona and Indonesia to end as Nissan pursues a 20% drop in production capacity

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Watch: Livestream Coronavirus Series – Automotive Supply Chain May Update

2020-05-27T17:35:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Daniel Harrison

Our monthly supply chain updates provide critical information for automotive production, purchasing and logistics professionals in the current crisis, and strategic insight to help companies design more resilient supply chains for the future. Watch the May update for the latest market forecasts from our automotive analyst and insight on how supply chains could be made more resilient from automotive supply chain expert Peter Weiss from Gartner.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 6 – Aftermarket and Service Parts: Keeping the wheels moving

2020-05-20T21:26:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the pandemic’s potential impact on aftersales supply and the aftermarket, including the long-term effects on supply chains and what this means for managing inventory. With special guests from Toyota North America, LKQ Europe and CLEPA. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig. 

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New working protocols as FCA prepares to restart North American operations

2020-05-13T17:19:00+01:00By Nick Holt

As the OEM prepares to resume production, best practices from FCA plants in China and Italy are helping guide North American safety protocols.

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 5 – Mexico Automotive Supply Chain in Focus

2020-05-13T16:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In Episode 5 of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the key risks in the Mexican automotive supply chain, and strategies for successfully restarting manufacturing and supply chains, whilst preparing for USMCA implementation. With special guests from Volkswagen, Honda, the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and CNW. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig.

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Fisker sees its chance as EV production models reconfigure

2020-05-11T11:25:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison, Marcus Williams

Electric vehicle and battery production has come a long way since Henrik Fisker founded his first EV company back in 2007, and he believes that manufacturing a price-competitive car now depends on a changes to the production model

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​Ford’s North American plants to resume vehicle assembly on 18 May

2020-05-08T00:32:00+01:00By Gareth Price

Under a phased approach and new protocols, Ford assembly workers in the US and Canada will make a return to factories later this month