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All systems go - BMW production line runs even amid site rebuild

BMW plant director Weber says flexibility key in Munich overhaul for EV platform

2022-05-17T12:20:00+01:00By Peter Murphy, Christopher Ludwig

An agile approach has enabled BMW to revamp its downtown Munich factory in anticipation of a new EV architecture without halting production lines, Peter Weber tells the AMS Automotive Evolution Summit.

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REE Automotive takes next step with commercial production capabilities

2022-05-17T09:32:00+01:00By AMS

The company adopts a cloud-based robotic manufacturing approach for its planned network of Integration Centres

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Digital adrenaline – ZF seeks to turn fear of transformation into fervor

2022-05-15T14:32:00+01:00By Peter Murphy, Christopher Ludwig

ZF electrified powertrain production head will explain how the company is building employee buy-in as revamps legacy plants for emobility. 

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Century-old BMW Munich factory transforms to embrace EVs

2022-05-12T11:56:00+01:00By Peter Murphy, Christopher Ludwig

Revamp of Plant Munich puts BMW’s flexibility ethos to the test with building construction and car production happening side-by-side

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Lotus opens new sports car manufacturing facility at Hethel

2022-05-09T18:04:00+01:00By AMS

The Chapman Production Centre is already building the Emira, the last petrol-powered car from Lotus and is latest stage of £100m redevelopment of the company’s UK facilities

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An exclusive focus on flexibility as OEMs look to modular-based manufacturing

2022-05-04T12:21:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Modular production in automotive manufacturing is rapidly becoming more innovative and flexible with the ability to multitask. As a result, OEMs are increasingly rethinking their methods and working closely with technology providers to make flexible manufacturing hegemonic.

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Whitepaper: Supercharging the Future of Battery Production

2022-04-19T09:41:00+01:00By Rockwell Automation, sponsor partner

As you build a giga-scale production plant to meet demand, you need a production strategy that allows you to build for growth from the start. Rockwell Automation`s Battery Project Guideline explains the key steps needed to take to optimise the production of lithium-ion batteries through smart manufacturing.

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Vinfast’s rocky road to global electric brand

2022-04-06T10:37:00+01:00By Fabian Pertschy, Stefan Grundhoff, Jason Dunn

As late as mid-November 2021, former Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller was on stage at the Vinfast stand at the Los Angeles Auto Show. By the end of the year, the Vietnamese automaker announced his departure after just four months on the job, citing “personal reasons.” By late February 2022, Lohscheller had taken the reins at fuel cell truck startup Nikola, a company that has faced its own challenges over the past year.

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AMS exclusive: Industry insiders discuss moving from ‘business as usual’ and establishing robust ecosystems in EV battery production

2022-04-05T10:28:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Increasing lithium-ion battery cell and pack production has become a priority for automotive manufacturers as the need for further electric vehicle output increases.

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AMS January-March 2022 – Volvo’s mega changemaker

2022-03-30T10:48:00+01:00By AMS

Javier Varela discusses Volvo Cars’ investment in new technologies, EV platforms and sustainability

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Watch: #FreeRunner: EcoProFleet & DXQlogistics.control

2022-03-29T00:44:00+01:00By Dürr, sponsor partner

EcoProFleet is Dürr‘s first automated guided vehicle (AGV) designed specially for paint shops

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Watch: Make robotic sanding easier with the ATI AOV-10 Robotic Orbital Sander

2022-03-29T00:36:00+01:00By ATI Industrial Automation, sponsor partner

ATI Industrial Automation’s AOV-10 Robotic Orbital Sander is the ideal robotic solution for surface preparation and finishing

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VW commits $7.1 billion investment to expand EV manufacturing footprint in North America

2022-03-22T13:52:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Volkswagen has committed a $7.1 billion investment to boost its product line-up, R&D capabilities and manufacturing capacity in North America across the next five years.

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Ineos prepares for production

2022-03-10T16:26:00+00:00By Mark Smyth

As Ineos moves towards a second phase of prototypes for production, AMS visited the company’s new automotive manufacturing plant in Hambach, France to see how production of its Grenadier 4x4 is developing.

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Whitepaper: The Automated Future of Material Removal

2022-02-15T00:19:00+00:00By ATI, sponsor partner

Automating a deburring or surface finishing application is a smart, responsible, and effective way to improve a manufacturing process. Automating manual material removal and deburring tasks also helps improve employees’ health, combat manufacturing labor shortages, and increase product consistency and quality.

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Britishvolt and UKBIC sign agreement to develop next generation cell technologies

2022-01-26T11:17:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Britishvolt has signed a two-year, multi-million-pound agreement with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) to develop next-generation battery cell technologies.

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Lightning eMotors names new chief manufacturing officer

2022-01-26T09:00:00+00:00By AMS

Brian Barron has been promoted to Lightning’s executive team to lead the manufacturing, vehicle assembly, and procurement functions as the company scales to meet its growth targets

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​Making the digital a reality: how AI and virtual reality are adapting automotive manufacturing to a changing world

2022-01-11T11:59:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Automotive manufacturers are facing the challenge of constantly changing vehicles, technologies and parts. However, stakeholders can increasingly plan and implement systems faster using real-time manufacturing data, digital twin simulation and training through augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). 

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AMS Paintshop 2022 – Paint it Green

2022-01-07T11:34:00+00:00By AMS

In this edition we get insights into how OEMs are adapting and developing their paintshop operations and processes to meet the need for more efficient and sustainable production, as well as insight into scaling up battery production

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Innovation drives paintshop performance at Skoda

2021-12-22T09:30:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Just over two years after it opened, the new paintshop at Skoda’s Mladá Boleslav plant is fulfilling all the objectives set for it when it first went into operation. 

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