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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 2 – US coronavirus crisis in focus

2020-04-08T18:57:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

This episode, hosted by Christopher Ludwig, features global updates and automotive supply chain insight on the coronavirus crisis in the US, including an in-depth Q&A with Kristin Dziczek, vice-president of the renowned Center for Automotive Research (CAR) covering US federal stimulus, supply chain disruption and manufacturing process changes aimed at containing the spread of the virus and protecting workers.

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Mofid Elkemiri, LEVC manufacturing operations and quality director

2020-04-08T14:02:00+01:00By Nick Gibbs

LEVC’s  Mofid Elkemiri was recruited to the Geely-owned company back in 2016 as launch director for the TX5 electric taxi. Prior to that he spent six years at UK-based trim supplier CAB Automotive, where he rose to the position of engineering and quality director. AMS speaks to him about his current role, ramping up production, battery cell supply and the relationship with the parent company. But first, we ask how the factory has been affected by the recent coronavirus measures and the suspension of production…

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Register: Livestream Hour | Automotive INSIGHTS in Real Time

2020-04-06T13:36:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

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 Manufacturing Solutions, Automotive Logistics and Car Design News.  

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Zipse blog sets out BMW’s response to the coronavirus crisis

2020-04-03T14:59:00+01:00By Gareth Price

As China operations resume, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse sets out the action areas to steer the company’s global production through the crisis …

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More views from the “lighthouse”: Industry 4.0 instils culture change at Ford Otosan

2020-03-27T16:02:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Ranked among the WEF Global Lighthouse Network, Ford Otosan’s Industry 4.0 strategy has improved mindsets as well as datasets

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Watch Livestream: Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Automotive Supply Chain March Update

2020-03-27T14:13:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Presented by Automotive from Ultima Media, hear from our analysts as they share insight on how the coronavirus crisis will impact global vehicle sales and what it will mean for automotive manufacturing and logistics.. We will also hear insights from Supply Chain and Technology Strategist, Wolfgang Lehmacher, and his views on supply chain impacts across industries, with a particular focus on Asia.

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Augmented reality technology assists Volkswagen to remodel Chattanooga production lines

2020-03-13T12:25:00+00:00By Gareth Price

AR in factory floor design is helping VW make decisions faster and spot potential issues sooner 

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Simulate to fabricate: vehicle plants keep VR and AR in their sights

2020-03-09T12:43:00+00:00By Andrew Williams

Carmakers are exploring how virtual reality and augmented reality can be used to improve manufacturing and inspection operations 

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Volvo adds battery assembly line at Ghent

2020-03-06T12:54:00+00:00By Nick Holt

The new battery line at the Belgium plant will support production of the XC40 Recharge P8, Volvo’s first fully electric car, with production scheduled to begin later this year

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GM adds extra shifts at Lansing area assembly plants

2020-03-02T17:43:00+00:00By Nick Holt

General Motors will add more than 1200 new jobs at its Grand River and Delta Township assembly plants to support SUV and new sedan production

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Morgan Motors: twinning tradition and technology

2020-03-02T17:31:00+00:00By Gareth Price, Chris Pickering

The Morgan Motor Company’s workshop is a car factory like no other…

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AMS on Africa: Part 6 – Volvo Trucks of the trade

2020-02-17T11:57:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Volvo Trucks is a big player in the South African commercial vehicle market and, as demand grows, the team at its Amanzimtoti plant are expecting a busy schedule

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Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

2020-02-16T18:55:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing manufacturing processes

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AMS on Africa: Part 5 – Heavy-duty headway at Scania

2020-02-14T15:23:00+00:00By Michael Nash

There may be less reliance on automation at Scania’s Johannesburg plant but flexibility and workflow keep operations in smart shape for the needs of its commercial vehicle customers 

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Dingolfing expands production of electric powertrain components

2020-02-06T12:23:00+00:00By AMS

BMW says it is expanding production capacity and increasing its staff at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing faster than originally planned

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Production records set at Skoda’s domestic plants

2020-01-24T16:49:00+00:00By Gareth Price, Ian Henry

As it marks the 125th anniversary of the company, Skoda is chalking up record-breaking output

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The wider scope of Skoda

2020-01-24T16:36:00+00:00By Ian Henry

With new products and an expanding production network, Skoda is managing to achieve greater influence and standing despite the challenges of a changing market

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The Morgan Plus Six: a century in the making

2020-01-24T16:21:00+00:00By Chris Pickering

Behind Morgan’s unashamedly traditional exterior there’s a company that’s also keen to embrace modern production methods and processes

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Electric vehicles could transform role of tier 1 suppliers in manufacturing

2020-01-22T15:24:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

As OEMs look to reduce production costs and manage more complexity, automotive suppliers will face challenges. But with more EV models in the pipeline, many have the opportunity to grab a larger piece of the pie both for manufacturing and the total value chain

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Toyota tops up US investment

2020-01-20T13:17:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Toyota has completed its US plant modernisation project, first announced in January 2017, with an additional $700 million for its Indiana facility

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