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TPCA at Kolin, Czech Republic

2019-05-22T13:10:00+01:00By AMS

Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile (TPCA) is a joint venture of Toyota and PSA currently assembles the platform-sharing A-segment cars - Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1. In 2019, a total of 199,000 vehicles were produced at the plant located at Kolin in central Czech Republic. Last year, it was ...

Ford Chicago Assembly plant

Hitting the reset button

2019-04-29T16:01:00+01:00By Ian Henry

Given the scale and scope of its current restructuring programme, a very different Ford will eventually emerge. Ian Henry looks into the changes being made

The 2019 Acura RDX making its way through the assembly line at the East Liberty Auto Plant

At Liberty to explore

2019-04-29T12:06:00+01:00By Michael Nash, By Michael Nash

Honda has a big presence in the North American market, a key part of its recent strategy has been to build big cars to meet consumer demand. Michael Nash visits the company’s East Liberty facility in Ohio

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No room for error

2019-04-25T12:08:00+01:00By Sponsored by Nextsense

Monitoring the complex geometrics of the car body exterior in early development stages can raise the quality and avoid misalignment. Nextsense’s Calipri range is helping to fill the gaps

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Nafta aftermath

2019-04-12T16:19:00+01:00By Nick Gibbs

A new trade deal era will reconfigure Mexico’s automotive industry relations with the US, Nick Gibbs reports

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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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Look to the future, it’s only just begun – AMS Podcast Episode 03

2019-04-10T11:47:00+01:00

With absolutely no apologies for quoting Slade, AMS Editor Nick Holt and AMS Deputy Editor Gareth Price see this Christmas as the ideal time to look back at a selection of topics featured in AMS magazine during 2018.

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FFC/FPC connectors

2019-03-22T08:30:00+00:00By AMS

Two FFC/FPC connectors designed for the growing information market needs of automakers are now available from Molex. The Easy-On FFC/FPC connectors are offered in 0.5mm pitch and 1.0mm pitch forms and both feature a double-bottom contact terminal design that removes dust and contaminants from the connection, claims the company.

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Ford invests in EV and AV production

2019-03-21T11:18:00+00:00By AMS

US - Ford has said it will spend US$900m on its facilities in Michigan in order to ready for the production of both electric and autonomous vehicles. This is the latest in a string of investments that the OEM has recently announced it will make in US plants.

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Assembly line automation

2019-03-13T17:40:00+00:00By AMS

Nextsense says its Calipri systems can be used to monitor the process of car assembly from body-in-white to end-of-line final assembly. The company claims its fully automatic C12 cobot systems allows human workers and robots to work side by side in a continuous production line – without separation, mechanical barriers ...

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Muscovite foresight

2019-03-05T10:13:00+00:00By Nick Gibbs

Preparing assembly operations for a new SUV, Renault Moscow plant director Jean-Louis Theron tells Nick Gibbs about investments in automation and a renewed focus on quality

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The imitation game

2019-03-04T16:46:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Working with a local robotics start-up in Germany, Volkswagen is exploring a new programming technique that allows assembly workers to teach a cobot all the right moves

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PSA's Poissy plant to add model

2019-03-04T16:30:00+00:00By AMS

France - Groupe PSA has revealed that it will start making the new Opel/Vauxhall B-SUV at its Poissy plant, which is located about an hour north west of the French capital Paris. As a result, the facility will become the first to assemble a vehicle based on the company’s common ...

On a twinning streak

On a twinning streak

2019-03-04T12:29:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Creating a digital twin of manufacturing operations can deliver development and efficiency benefits. Mike Farish reports 

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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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Scania sets sights on Thailand

2019-02-28T11:34:00+00:00By AMS

Thailand - Scania has opened a new assembly facility for truck cabs, truck chassis and bus chassis in the Bangkok Free Trade Zone, Thailand. The Swedish OEM says that the move is an important part of its plan to strengthen its presence in the region.

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VW sets out Wolfsburg upgrade

2019-02-18T09:36:00+00:00By aladmin

Germany - New bodyshop AGVs, more automated assembly stations and a series of ergonomic measures will feature in a major upgrade at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant

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Corolla confidence

2019-02-12T12:35:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Upgrade and investments at Burnaston see Toyota start production of the new Corolla in the UK, despite all the turmoil of Brexit

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In our next issue...

2019-02-08T13:21:00+00:00By aladmin

Coming soon in our March-April issue…