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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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Nissan to replicate Sunderland factory model globally amid drive to boost domestic supply chains

2021-11-30T11:46:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Nissan has announced a massive £13bn fund for developing electric vehicles and plans to expand the model of its Sunderland plant globally. 

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BMW’s Munich plant adapted for EV manufacturing

2021-10-26T11:55:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

The first series-produced BMW i4 has rolled off the line at the OEM’s Munich plant in the first step in the German carmaker’s goal to turn at least half of its output into electrified vehicles by 2023.

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Watch: Shopfloor revolution – how data, software and AI are rebooting production

2021-10-14T05:58:00+01:00By AMS

OEMs and suppliers are transforming vehicle production through data and connectivity as much as hardware, with new artificial intelligence opportunities emerging. Watch this AMS Livestream Hour featuring VDMA, Fraunhofer IPA and Symbio to hear about the standards, systems and applications underpinning these changes.

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Aluminium applications

2021-09-30T17:41:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Electric vehicles battery enclosures are increasing overall vehicle weight, with lightweight materials for structural components, such as castings, can offset the rise. Rio Tinto’s Jerome Fourmann tells Nick Holt about new opportunities and production innovations 

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AMS Lightweighting 2021 – Weighing the options

2021-09-27T07:00:00+01:00By AMS

This edition features insights on how manufacturing engineers and designers are taking new approaches to vehicle architectures and production to integrate lighter, more efficient materials – especially for EVs – to reduce weight and improve sustainability. Featuring Ford, Gestamp, Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal, Dreistern and more

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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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