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Steel makes the case as the mainstay material for vehicles

2020-03-06T15:35:00+00:00By James Bakewell

With OEMs demanding vehicle-structure materials that are low in mass, crash-protective and economic to use, steel grades stay true to form

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Steelmakers keen to press home the BEV advantage

2020-03-03T15:25:00+00:00By James Bakewell

Throughout the age of the mass-produced automobile, steel has been the principal material of choice for vehicle structures. Will it maintain its dominance as carmakers pursue new mobility concepts?

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Strong, light and formable, stainless steel re-enters the material mix

2020-02-28T14:48:00+00:00By James Bakewell

Helsinki-based Outokumpu says stainless steels are ideal for lightweight, safety-critical structural parts and have put it to use in the series production of EV battery enclosures 

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Measure for measure: as vehicle tech advances, so do the test methods

2020-01-28T11:44:00+00:00By Mike Farish

To improve vehicle and component quality, and reduce time to market for new models, testing technologies need to be smarter and faster

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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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SSAB: Design concept – Battery pack protection for EV body-in-white

2020-01-22T15:25:00+00:00By SSAB, sponsor partner

Protecting battery packs is the fundamental first step when designing the body-in-white for BEVs. We talk to SSAB’s Robert Ström about the Docol EV Design Concept and platforms for new AHSS solutions

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GM Arlington: expansion and inspection on the Texas SUV lines

2020-01-13T15:05:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Upgrades at the home of GM’s full-size SUV production help to launch the new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban models for 2020

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Measuring cost

2020-01-08T11:22:00+00:00By Simufact, sponsor partner

As pressure mounts for OEMs to reduce costs, Simufact explains why the design and development stages are crucial in making significant savings for complex assemblies

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Al around the weld

2019-12-06T12:05:00+00:00By James Bakewell

Joining aluminium parts gives the bodyshop a number of challenges not encountered when welding steel. But a variety of weld techniques are helping OEMs to adapt and extend use of the lighter metal

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Measured view

2019-12-03T14:55:00+00:00By LMI Technologies, Sponsor partner

Robots equipped with 3D smart sensors from LMI Technologies are aiming to take production processes to a new level

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Hot on the press

2019-11-20T14:49:00+00:00By Nick Holt

The need for lightweight, high-strength steel parts has been given a boost with increased production of electric vehicles. AMS reports on a new hot stamping process designed to meet this demand

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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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