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Changes to the production line include modifying the technologies for transporting parts to cater for the weight of all-electric vehicles

Skoda completes Enyaq iV production line at Mladá Boleslav

2020-09-08T10:10:00+01:00By AMS

The updated production line can now build vehicles using both MEB and MQB platforms

More than 400 AGVs are in operation in Factory 56

Factory 56 opens and starts of production of the new S-Class

2020-09-07T17:44:00+01:00By AMS

Mercedes has invested €730m in its Factory 56 development and says it sets new standards and represents the future of its production operations


Watch: This new laser technology from Coherent solves your most challenging welding tasks in e-mobility battery manufacturing

2020-09-01T16:31:00+01:00By Coherent, sponsor partner

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The partnership will further support REE’s global customer need for 200,000-250,000 electric commercial vehicle units over a few years

Mahindra and REE Automotive to collaborate on commercial EVs

2020-08-28T11:26:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore development and manufacturing of electric commercial vehicles for global markets

Zwickau has been producing the ID.3 since November , 2019. Production of the ID.4 SUV begins this year

VW starts series production of ID.4 at Zwickau

2020-08-24T11:56:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The OEM says Zwickau plays a key role in its planned changeover to e-mobility, having so far invested €1.2 billion to convert the car manufacturing plant to electric vehicle production

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Volkswagen opens vehicle assembly plant in Ghana

2020-08-10T16:00:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The new facility in Accra, Ghana will be VW’s fifth vehicle assembly location in Sub-Saharan Africa; the other locations are in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda


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.


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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Transforming a field into a factory – Jaguar Land Rover in Slovakia

2020-07-21T09:27:00+01:00By Mark Parody – Plant launch specialist

Plant launch specialist Mark Parody reflects on the approach he took when set the daunting task of launching production at Jaguar Land Rover’s state-of-the-art factory at Nitra, Slovakia, including putting together a new team and coordinating significant complexity at each stage of manufacturing


Watch: The latest technology from Coherent solves your most challenging welding tasks in e-mobility battery manufacturing

2020-07-06T12:56:00+01:00By Coherent, sponsor partner

A major leap in fiber laser welding technology that can significantly improve your productions processes.

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Watch: ‘Covid is accelerating digital supply chain and production’ | Your questions answered with EY’s Bart Huthwaite

2020-06-29T23:46:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Following our popular Livestream Hour edition focused on digitalisation in supply chain and logistics, Bart Huthwaite, principal for automotive and transportation at EY, rejoins Christopher Ludwig to address audience questions on topics including digital twins, industrial IOT, trade wars and changing production models.

Evaluating the best test method should start very early in the design phase of an EV-related product

How to test EV battery packs

2020-06-26T15:33:00+01:00By Chuck Hagyard

Testing EV components is now an important addition to OEM and tier supplier quality control processes. Chuck Hagyard from Cincinnati Test Systems, shares some insights into critical leak test-related challenges and considerations


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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VIDEO: Views from the assembly line at the home of the Range Rover

2020-05-22T12:17:00+01:00By Gareth Price

Assembly workers give their reaction as Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant reopens under new social distancing measures

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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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VW-Northvolt joint venture invests in battery operations at Salzgitter

2020-05-11T16:32:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Volkswagen makes initial investment of €450m to erect buildings and infrastructure for a joint battery cell factory in Salzgitter

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 4 – Tier Suppliers on the Road to Recovery

2020-05-06T00:01:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Hosted by Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief at Ultima Media, the Livestream Hour will take place each week on Wednesdays. It will also be part of other Livestream special episodes and guests, including previews and follow-ups from our series of live and digital events for Automotive Logistics, Automotive Manufacturing Solutions and Car Design News. In Episode 4, we discuss the key areas that suppliers especially need to consider as the automotive industry stirs back into action, including supply chain and logistics processes, sourcing considerations, digital tools and collaboration. 

The design of Canoo’s skateboard platform places a strong emphasis on functional integration, meaning all components fulfill as many functions as possible

Proof of concept: LA-based start-up Canoo gets production ready

2020-05-05T16:03:00+01:00By Nick Holt

AMS gets under the skin of Canoo’s EV concept to discover how the design became a production ready vehicle


Watch: Livestream: Coronavirus Series – Automotive Supply Chain April Update

2020-04-30T00:58:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Part of our ongoing Livestream series, the monthly supply chain update provides insight on what the coronavirus crisis will mean for automotive manufacturing and logistics. In this episode, hear from Matteo Fini from IHS Markit and Fathi Tlatli from DHL together with host Christopher Ludwig.

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