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After baptism of fire, BMW plant has room to grow in Mexico

2022-11-03T10:23:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Peter Murphy

Under Mexico plant director Harald Gottsche, BMW has launched new models during the pandemic, navigated supply disruptions, integrated new technology and maintained staff levels – and it’s ready to expand. 

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GM benefits from EV plant upgrades across North America in pick-up truck battle

2022-10-07T06:30:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

General Motors’ investments in EV trucks and pick-up manufacturing position it to capture growth in what is a fiercely contested segment in North America.

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Stronger, lighter – creating a tailored steel grade

2022-10-04T09:09:00+01:00By SSAB

SSAB and Gestamp collaborated to developed a new chassis grade steel for lightweight suspension parts

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What Vorsprung durch Technik means for Audi manufacturing in 2022

2022-07-28T19:59:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Audi is making progress in production through virtual reality, AI and software prototype builds, modular assembly, quality control and energy conservation.

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Watch: Are all OEMs start-up manufacturers now?

2022-07-28T11:18:00+01:00By AMS

In this livestream, learn how OEM start-ups can short time to market in manufacturing and re-engineer body structures, featuring the head of manufacturing at Volta Trucks and ArcelorMittal.

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Whitepaper: Flexible & modular manufacturing made easy

2022-07-19T14:55:00+01:00By Magswitch, sponsor partner

Discover how to improve flexibility, sustainability, quality, and throughput while enabling cost efficiency in this exclusive whitepaper

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AMS Summer 2022 – BMW prepares for Neue Klasse EV platform

2022-07-08T15:06:00+01:00By AMS

The latest AMS digital edition details how battery, EV and digital production processes are reshaping automotive manufacturing, featuring in-depth features on BMW, Tata, ZF, Britishvolt, Ford, Bentley and more.

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eBook: Fuel Efficiencies With Smart and Integrated Production

2022-06-10T12:17:00+01:00By Rockwell Automation, sponsor partner

Your needs as an automotive supplier are unique and there are ways to increase efficiencies in your plants and accelerate your time to market with smart manufacturing technologies and solutions. Download this eBook today to discover more

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Watch: The AI/data loop leading the digital revolution

2022-05-23T19:18:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Tomorrow’s digital smart factories will be more efficent, improve quality, cut costs and unlock insights into deeper automotive manufacturing say this panel of experts from BMW, Secondmind, ATS Global and Lancaster University.

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Watch: New magic in the dark art of lightweighting

2022-05-23T10:10:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Ignacio, Jérôme and Prof. Volk explain the magic behind the art of lighweighting all whilst factoring in cost, performance, safety concerns and the impact on manufacturing process.

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Volkswagen starts EV production at second German plant

2022-05-20T14:30:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

After first turning its Zwickau plant into an EV-only factory, the carmaker has invested €1 billion at Emden for its gradual conversion towards EV production.

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Watch: Preparing BMW’s Plant Munich for a new class of EV manufacturing

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

Plant Director Peter Weber demonstrates how BMW is revamping production in Munich ahead of a new EV architecture with a walk through the factory.

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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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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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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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Faraday Future equips its Hanford manufacturing facility for FF 91 model production

2022-02-18T16:43:00+00:00By AMS

Faraday Future has been working with Guangzhou MINO Equipment to develop intelligent, body assembly equipment, specific to the production of the FF 91 model

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Megacasting: a chance to rethink body manufacturing

2022-02-10T05:31:00+00:00By Götz Fuchslocher

The aluminium die-casting process could revolutionise body construction. Professor Wolfram Volk, the department head for forming technology and casting at the Technical University of Munich, explains the advantages and disadvantages of so-called ‘mega’- or ‘gigacasting’.

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The die is cast for Volvo’s future EV production

2022-02-08T09:13:00+00:00By Nick Holt, Christopher Ludwig

One of the key pillars of Volvo’s investment in electric vehicles will be the application of aluminium megacasting to produce large structural parts. Mikael Fermér, solution architect for vehicle platforms at Volvo Cars, explains the significance of this change for EV production.

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Novelis invests in aluminium recycling to meet automotive demand

2022-01-17T12:48:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Novelis is investing $365m to construct an advanced aluminium recycling centre for the automotive industry in North America. The new recycling facility will be built adjacent to Novelis’ existing automotive finishing plant in Guthrie, Kentucky. 

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Scaling battery pack production

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

Increasing production of battery enclosures at scale will be essential to launching EVs in line with targets. ABB’s Patrick Matthews and Zeiss’s Paulo Cruz discuss automation and quality control opportunities.

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