All South America articles – Page 5

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    Perfect balance

    2014-11-06T15:23:57Z

    Schenck RoTec balancing technologies are at the vanguard of the battle to reduce noise and vibration in automotive components, writes Stephan Roisin, MPS business unit manager, Dürr Brasil Ltda. Div. Schenck RoTec In the automotive industry, balancing and diagnosis technology is an opportunity to improve component performance quality. The launch ...

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    South America special issue

    2014-11-06T10:53:00Z

    The first in our series of regional supplements covering the most important automotive markets in the world is now available online in four languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese. This special edition provides in-depth information about the activities of key OEMs and tier suppliers in South America, and how ...

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    Betim: Brazil's behemoth

    2014-10-17T14:25:52Z

    The largest Fiat Chrysler plant in the world has already upgraded its press shop and assembly hall but is expanding still further with the construction of a new paintshop that will become operational in 2016 Almost a city in itself, Fiat Betim covers 829,700 sq.m on 2.48m sq.m of land ...

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    GM Brazil's firm foundation

    2014-10-17T12:22:36Z

    Established in 1930, São Caetano do Sul is the OEM’s oldest plant in South America and has required substantial modernisation, most recently receiving upgrades to its bodyshop and press shop In August this year, General Motors (GM) announced a $2.9 billion investment in Brazil for the development of new ...

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    Editor's note: Winning ways

    2014-10-13T13:38:59Z

    Flares, fires and petrol bombs flashed through the news this summer as Brazil battled riots sparked by its hosting of the FIFA World Cup – and as I prepared to embark on a tour of automotive production facilities in the region. Interestingly enough, the popular protests and my personal ...

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    Fiat Brazil: Quest for growth

    2014-10-10T12:03:02Z

    Alfredo Leggero, manufacturing director for Fiat Chrysler Latin America, discusses the continued growth of the carmaker’s largest plant worldwide, Betim in Minas Gerais – plus its new hub in Goiana, Pernambuco Joanne Perry (JP): How important is South America to Fiat as a production location? Alfredo Leggero (AL): ...

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    Bumping up Brazil's parts quality

    2014-09-29T10:20:53Z

    Faurecia’s automated NewTech process can deliver better, greener results for exteriors production In the small laboratory at Faurecia Automotive Exteriors, São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, it takes a long time to find a part showing the flaws that can occur during bumper painting; one of the team members escorting ...

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    Faurecia Interiors: Staying in shape

    2014-09-26T11:08:29Z

    While vehicle production volumes are on an upward trajectory in South America, interiors remain relatively simple, says Francisco Maciel, regional vice-president for Faurecia Interior Systems Joanne Perry (JP): How important is South America as a production location for Faurecia Interior Systems? Francisco Maciel (FM): South America represents 6% ...

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    The Mexican machine

    2014-09-25T09:19:16Z

    As North American automotive production continues to recover from the economic crisis, Mexico is powering ahead as the engine of growth, with more OEMs investing in facilities and output increasing The healing process that took place in the US automotive industry after the shock of the economic downturn is now ...

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    VW Anchieta: Production pioneer

    2014-09-18T15:51:30Z

    As the first VW plant outside Germany, Anchieta paved the way for the OEM’s leading position within Brazil When Volkswagen first looked to produce vehicles outside its home nation after the devastation of World War Two, the incipient automotive hub around São Paulo was the location it chose. A bilateral ...

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    Competitively commercial

    2014-09-18T11:08:09Z

    As Mercedes-Benz earmarks $1bn for its CV operations in Brazil, AMS tours final assembly at the S ão Bernardo do Campo plant, which plays a part in producing the entire Latin American truck line-up “Today, Brazil is the most important sales market for our trucks worldwide,” said Stefan Buchner, ...

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    FAE: Achieving a good match

    2014-09-17T12:12:21Z

    Olivier Lefebvre, vice-president of the component supplier's Brazilian branch, says its NewTech paint installation is proving an effective import to South America Joanne Perry (JP): How important is South America as a production location for Faurecia Automotive Exteriors? Olivier Lefebvre (OL): South America represents 5% of the total ...

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    Chrysler: Going global

    2014-09-12T15:05:16Z

    The OEM's established brands, vehicle line-up and production locations will be repositioned worldwide Creating a single entity out of transatlantic mergers or alliances has proven difficult for Ford and General Motors, despite the One Ford strategy now being seen by some as paying dividends. Likewise, the break-up of DaimlerChrysler some ...

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    GM Joinville: LEEDing sustainability

    2014-09-08T14:09:40Z

    The OEM's new Brazilian site is the first automotive plant in South America to achieve LEED certification When General Motors (GM) began the construction of its Joinville engine manufacturing facility in Santa Catarina State, southern Brazil, in September 2010 it already had sustainability in mind – specifically the Leadership in ...

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    Renault's revamp in Brazil

    2014-09-02T09:54:16Z

    The French OEM will plough $215m into the latest expansion of its manufacturing complex in Paraná State Earlier this year, Renault announced its latest big push to boost production and sales in Brazil with an investment of €162m ($215m) for its manufacturing complex in Curitiba, Paraná State. The ...

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    Nissan's bold new beginning in Brazil

    2014-09-01T14:40:35Z

    The Japanese OEM recently launched a $1bn manufacturing complex in Rio de Janeiro State to develop its presence in South America and continue its global sell-where-you-build policy In April this year, Nissan launched a serious assault on the giant Brazilian vehicle market by opening its first standalone factory . ...

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    Manufacturing velocity

    2014-09-01T11:57:34Z

    Todd Montpas, automotive and tyre market development manager at Rockwell Automation, explains how and why vehicle-makers must position themselves to keep pace with market demands There is no slowing down in the automotive industry. A customer base with a range of differing priorities for new-vehicle purchases – including safety, fuel ...

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    Fiat's future of expansion & contraction

    2014-08-29T10:05:45Z

    The OEM has a new strategy for its range of vehicles, but familiar problems remain for its many brands Since CEO Sergio Marchionne set out the new strategy for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) earlier this year, some noteworthy developments have taken place. Firstly, rumours emerged in the German press ...

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    Kia announces first Mexican plant

    2014-08-28T14:43:23Z

    Mexico – The vehicle-maker has signed a $1 billion agreement with the government to establish a state-of-the-art plant with a capacity of 300,000 units in Monterrey, Nuevo León State. Construction will begin in September this year and is due to be completed in the first half of 2016. The ...

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    GM announces $2.9bn Brazilian investment

    2014-08-14T12:11:40Z

    Brazil – Due to run between 2014 and 2018, the funds will go towards the development of new products, technologies and training as well as component localisation. “This investment will allow the Chevrolet brand continue to renew its line-up with a focus on technology and quality,” commented Jaime Ardila, ...