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Creating strong bonds

2019-10-09T09:33:00+01:00By James Bakewell

While mixed-material vehicle body structures yield impressive weight reduction results, the joining processes present a challenge for OEMs. How do they fix the myriad materials but still maintain the requisite properties and structural integrity?

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The thermal print principle

2019-10-02T13:25:00+01:00By schwartz

Heat treatment specialist schwartz has enhanced its system for tailored tempering – one that is capable of ‘printing’ components

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Re-tooling of manufacturing plants and supply chain for EVs pose investment risk for OEMs

2019-09-23T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Tooling and conversion of automotive plants are significant costs for OEMs as they invest in electrification, which some may struggle to afford, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.  

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Steel stays the distance

2019-09-02T14:16:00+01:00By SSAB, sponsor partner

SSAB’s Thomas Müller explains how new high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels can assist OEMs in cost-effectively improving the range of electric vehicles

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Acura Marysville, Ohio

2019-08-01T09:40:00+01:00By AMS

An inside look at production of the second-generation Acura NSX in Marysville, Ohio

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A flexible solution

2019-07-16T15:27:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Metal-component supplier Gestamp outlines the challenges ahead and its strategy for meeting higher demand for lightweight parts

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Conference: Insight @ BMW

2019-06-24T11:18:00+01:00By Gareth Price

For its latest North American car body engineering Insight conference, the Automotive Circle heads to upstate South Carolina – a region that’s home to the largest plant in the BMW manufacturing network…

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Keeping in focus

2019-05-20T14:29:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Ford has invested in its Saarlouis plant to produce the latest generation of its popular Focus model. Nick Holt visited the plant to get a look at the upgrades to the production process

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VW sets out Wolfsburg upgrade

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

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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Casting a duo

2019-01-08T16:37:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Two innovative metal forming techniques could have a significant impact on the press shop of the future

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The need for speed

2019-01-04T11:47:00+00:00By GOM

Faster measurement times and precise data quality are the result of GOM’s new generation of 3D scanners

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New chapter, different story?

2019-01-02T15:42:00+00:00By Ian Henry

International expansion continues but, as Ian Henry reports, Audi’s long-term role within the VW Group is now under scrutiny

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AGVs drive industry revolution

2018-11-28T10:42:00+00:00By JBT Corporation

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Lap of luxury

2018-11-19T16:35:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Its history and heritage may be strong but Aston Martin’s focus is firmly fixed on the future

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Alpine scales new heights

2018-10-26T16:19:36+01:00By Nick Gibbs

One of the most interesting plant revivals in the last 12 months has been Renault’s overhaul of its factory in Dieppe, which now builds the A110 sports car. Nick Gibbs reports

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Time for an upgrade

2018-09-12T12:57:32+01:00By Nick Holt

As Toyota shapes up its global manufacturing network to build the new vehicle platform, Nick Holt visits the OEM’s Valenciennes facility to see the progress being made

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Spoilt for choice

2018-08-24T11:19:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Eight different models are made at DTNA’s Cleveland plant, and a high level of customisation means that thousands of options are available to customers. Michael Nash reports

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Rouge alert

2018-08-23T16:12:39+01:00By Gareth Price

It’s been part of Ford real estate for more than a century but, as Gareth Price discovers, the historic Rouge Center houses a truck plant shaped for modern times

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The X Factor

2018-08-23T15:09:45+01:00By Gareth Price

As GM Fairfax gears up to build the new Cadillac XT4 alongside the existing Chevy Malibu sedan, Gareth Price travels to Kansas City to speaks to plant manager Bill Kulhanek about the new era

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4th gen A-Class at Valmet Automotive

2018-07-10T18:05:59+01:00By AMS

Finland – Having built the previous A-Class generation, the Finnish contract manufacturer said that only limited changes were needed at its Uusikaupunki plant to produce the new A-Class. The bodyshop has seen the most upgrades, where all manual workstations are now automated, increasing the number of body shop robots to ...

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