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BMW expands plant in Mexico to build 2 Series Coupé

2021-09-06T19:35:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

The 2 Series Coupé will be produced exclusively in Mexico for the global market. The plant has seen further investments of $125 million over the last 2 years, which has expanded its operations significantly.

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Cost and opportunity: experts unveil the contradictions at the core of lightweighting EVs

2021-08-09T16:10:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Lightweighting has become one of the most important features when it comes to designing EVs. As calls for more sustainable production practices become louder, creators are looking at new innovative ways to lighten the load.

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Watch: Vehicle lightweighting rises to the top of the agenda for designers and engineers

2021-07-12T05:00:00+01:00By AMS

This livestream investigates how designers and engineers at Ford, Gestamp and key suppliers are using innovative materials and creating lightweight architectures, including for models like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Maverick compact truck.

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VW and Ford invest in flexible production for an uncertain future

2021-05-11T09:48:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

The speed of change in the technology of cars and rapid electrification requires new manufacturing equipment and is making expensive old machines redundant, but exactly where the industry is going next is hard to predict. More flexible manufacturing is the answer.

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Cellular manufacturing adds flexibility in Mercedes-Benz bodyshop

2021-05-10T16:15:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

For the production of the new C-class, Mercedes has taken the opportunity to add flexibility by way of cellular manufacturing in the body shop and with so-called ‘TecLines’ for assembly.

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Thyssenkrupp restructures and carves out auto body division

2021-03-08T19:06:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Thyssenkrupp has launched Automotive Body Solutions as a separate business unit to focus on both in-house production and developing lightweight materials, as well as production equipment

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All-new Rogue closes the recycling loop

2021-01-26T10:21:00+00:00By AMS

The 2021 model SUV is company’s first global model built using ‘closed-loop’ recycling system for aluminium parts

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AI and automation in automotive production need people and quality data to succeed

2020-12-23T16:19:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Experts from BMW, Ford, Symbio Robotics and Cosmo Tech discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in automotive production need fast ramp-up times and adoption by employees to succeed. High-quality data and use of simulation are also key.

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Audi introduces closed-loop systems for aluminium, wastewater and plastic

2020-11-23T16:06:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Audi has detailed how it is introducing closed-loop systems to its plants as part of its goal to make all its five plants carbon-neutral by 2025. This includes aluminium, wastewater and a pilot project for chemical recycling of plastics.

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GM invests $4 billion to prepare Spring Hill and Detroit-Hamtramck plants for EV production

2020-10-22T13:55:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

General Motors is moving forward with investments to equip its factories to produce electric vehicles (EVs). The Spring Hill, Tennessee plant gets a $2 billion upgrade to produce the Cadillac Lyriq and the and Detroit-Hamtramck plant will see $2.2 billion invested to produce the recently unveiled GMC Hummer EV.

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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

The Plus Six features a bonded and riveted aluminium platform that houses a turbocharged BMW straight six and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission

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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