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US plants – stick or twist?

2019-04-10T13:42:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Several carmakers have recently outlined plans to alter their production activities in the US. Some announcements have been positive, with large investments being made to build new facilities as well as upgrade existing ones. Others have detailed plant closures.

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Tariffs: controversy reigns with Trump and Brexit adding to confusion

2019-03-20T13:21:00+00:00By Ian Henry

In President Trump somewhat simplistic analysis, trade wars fought through the medium of tariffs are easy to win. Angered, apparently, by seeing too many Mercedes and BMWs on Fifth Avenue, Trump has threatened to invoke section 232 of the 1962 US Trade Expansion Act, raising tariffs from their current 2.5% ...

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Eaton and Cummins venture forth

2019-03-04T12:19:00+00:00By Gareth Price

To face an ever-widening array challenges, automotive manufacturing has seen numerous instances of partnerships, alliances, mergers and acquisitions entered into as a means to stay healthy

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Augmented assistance

2019-03-04T11:36:00+00:00By Michael Nash

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Honda closure deals blow to UK

2019-02-19T13:06:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Honda has announced plans to close its Swindon plant at the end of the current model’s production lifecycle in 2021. The statement, which was published on the company’s website, refers to the changing nature of the global auto industry and Honda’s “commitment to electrified cars” as the main reasons behind ...

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Volkswagen selects EV production base

2019-01-15T15:12:00+00:00By AMS

US - Volkswagen has announced that it will use its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee as a base for electric vehicle manufacturing in North America. It currently makes the Atlas SUV and Passat sedan at the factory.

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New chapter, different story?

2019-01-02T15:42:00+00:00By Ian Henry

International expansion continues but, as Ian Henry reports, Audi’s long-term role within the VW Group is now under scrutiny

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Three Audi models enter production

2018-12-12T12:07:57+00:00By AMS

Algeria - Assembly of the Audi A3 Sportback, A3 Sedan and Q2 has started in Relizane. The plant is operated by Sovac Production S.P.A - a joint venture between the German OEM and the Algerian car dealer Sovac.

GM Spot-Welding On Cadillac CT6 at Hamtramck

Seven plant closures at GM

2018-11-27T15:38:00+00:00By Michael Nash

In a bid to operate more efficiently and to cater for consumer demand, General Motors has announced plans to close seven different plants across the world. Five of these are in North America, while the location of the two remaining plants set to close is yet to be released.

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Building on framework

2018-11-19T16:12:00+00:00By Michael Nash, The Freightliner Custom Chassis plant in Gaffney, South Carolina, houses a diverse assembly mix, and has recently taken on a new project

The Freightliner Custom Chassis plant in Gaffney, South Carolina, houses a diverse assembly mix, and has recently taken on a new project

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Piecing it all together

2018-11-06T11:23:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Ian Henry identifies six themes from the moves, mergers and makeovers underway in the global automotive tier supply sector

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White light

2018-10-30T15:01:43+00:00By Michael Nash

Michael Nash visits Constellium’s new plant in White, Georgia, from where it supplies BMW with aluminium crash management systems

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Hyundai/Kia test wearables

2018-10-25T16:57:25+01:00By AMS

South Korea - The companies have recently demonstrated the use of the Hyundai chairless exoskeleton (H-CEX), and now plans on testing the Hyundai vest exoskeleton (H-VEX) technology. These could then be used at plants across North America before the end of 2018.

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Ford names VP of manufacturing

2018-10-19T15:47:23+01:00By AMS

US - John Savona has been appointed vice president of North American manufacturing. He is now responsible for the company's entire production footprint across the country, which consists of over 30 plants.

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Expanding and restructuring

2018-09-12T12:48:10+01:00By Ian Henry

As the move to electrified and autonomous vehicles accelerates, Toyota is expanding in both technology areas and restructuring its operations. Ian Henry reports

Mercedes-Benz Vans opens new Sprinter plant in North Charleston

Sprinter production starts in US

2018-09-10T12:35:05+01:00By AMS

US - Mercedes-Benz Vans has started making the Sprinter in North Charleston, South Carolina. This follows on from an investment of US$500m in the facility, which was announced back in March 2015.

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VW to build two new plants

2018-09-03T14:19:50+01:00By AMS

Ghana - The OEM has signed memorandums of understanding with the governments of Ghana and Nigeria, revealing plans to build a plant in each country. VW thinks it could turn Nigeria into an "automotive hub," where it already operates a small facility with an output of around 5,000 vehicles a ...

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Eberspaecher and Yuchai build plant

2018-08-28T12:08:39+01:00By AMS

China - The two companies have announced the formation of a joint venture (JV) to produce and sell exhaust emission control systems for commercial vehicles. These will be made at a new plant in Yulin, which is located in southern China.

E-mobility and the role of steel

2018-08-28T11:36:10+01:00By Sponsored by ArcelorMittal

With electrification shaping ideas in future vehicle structure design, ArcelorMittal explains why advanced steel grades remain the materials of choice

Welcome to Naperville

2018-08-28T11:33:13+01:00By Sponsored by Schwartz

With the increasing use of schwartz’s roller hearth furnaces for press-hardening in North America, a relocation helps the US subsidiary to meet demand