The latest news and devlopments in plant and material logistics.



Porsche powers production with digital MHP FleetExecuter at Zuffenhausen


Zuffenhausen is seing upgrade after upgrade as the carmaker seeks to push its sportscar production into a new, digitlaised and automated era. It’s most recent deployment sees the MHP FleetExecuter move across several aspectsa of its production lines - with plans for expansion…


Porsche plant in Leipzig wins Factory of the Year


The Porsche plant is set to begin producing the new all-electric Macan SUV using the PPE platform. 

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Porsche launches all-electric Macan


 Porsche will build its first Porsche models on the PPE platform at its factory in Leipzig, Germany.

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How Farasis will bridge the battery gap in Europe


Farasis has appointed Marcel Brömlage to lead its European division and support the growth of its Siro joint venture gigafactory in Turkey, where it expects to produce battery cells by 2026.

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Design and manufacturing integration, digitalisation key to cost and sustainability gains for BMW’s Neue Klasse


To realise large cost and emission savings on its EV architecture, BMW is redesigning vehicles and manufacturing in parallel, and rolling out rapid digital solutions.


A class of its own: transforming BMW production for next-gen EVs


BMW’s home plant will produce only EVs by 2027, with much of the century-old factory rebuilt to meet new levels of efficiency and digitalisation, without missing a beat of ongoing production.

Milan Nedeljkovic, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production, and Sophia Zielosko, Plant Project Lead at the BMW Group Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre

BMW: ‘Flexibility is in our genes’


BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce are driving a tight electrification course. Nevertheless, the group remains open to drive diversity. In an interview, production director Milan Nedeljković talks about flexibility and the concept of the iFactory.


Panasonic sparks scalable and sustainable US battery production


Panasonic Energy’s Abby Chitwood discusses maximising output and cutting emissions in battery cell production ahead of AMS Evolution North America.


Gestamp joins Catena-X digital supply chain exchange


Parts maker Gestamp has joined the Catena-X digital platform to advance its circular economy and technological innovation

The McKinsey Center for Future Mobility’s analysis highlights that since 2019, European incumbents have yielded six percentage points of market share in their home market and five percentage points in China

McKinsey: Auto Industry’s shift towards EVs and digitisation could pose threat to European automotive manufacturing


New McKinsey report judges threat in diminishing European automotive market share driven by innovation; calls for change and sets out roadmap steps to success

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Watch: The advance of automation: what next-gen vehicles and batteries mean for robotics


OEMs are transforming, transitioning to electric and connected models, but also the manufacturing operations to build these new vehicles. This creates challenges in integrating new vehicle architectures and boosts demand for more advanced automation.

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On advanced robotics, skills and training: “Machines can’t do everything”


Carolin Platz from the Auto-Motive Academy and Jörg Reger from ABB discuss transformation in automation, digitalisation and employee qualifications in producing next-gen vehicles.

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Volta Trucks partners with ZF Commercial Vehicle Solutions for core systems for its all-electric urban delivery truck


Scandinavian electric vehicle OEM, Volta Trucks, partners with ZF Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) to leverage their expertise and technologies

Audi uses AI in its quality control checks

Audi uses AI for quality control of spot welds


The carmaker is officially using the technology after successful trials.

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Automation – boosting efficiency, flexibility and sustainability


Developments in hardware and increasingly sophisticated software and data management have created more opportunities for automated production systems. Automation expert Jörg Reger, managing director of ABB Robotics’ automotive OEM business line, discusses the challenges and opportunities created by the transition to electric vehicles.

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AMS Summer 2023 – JLR goes electric


In our AMS Summer digital edition, we have features on JLR’s plans to transform its end-to-end industrial system, ready for new electric models, Seat’s technical upgrades to production operations and upskilling the workforce, and insights into developments at Audi’s Neckarsulm plant, and more.

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A culture of quick decisions for Mercedes-Benz production


Mercedes-Benz production chief Jörg Burzer explains how it has reorganised its production for EVs, while speeding up the rollout of digital tools. 


Manufacturing in the metaverse


BMW has designed its latest production plant at Debrecen in Hungary entirely using digital tools, virtually simulating every detail, including production processes, robot cells and workstations

Ford opens its new Cologne Electric Vehicle Center in Germany

Ford opens $2bn carbon-neutral EV assembly plant in Cologne


Ford’s $2 billion investment has transformed its 1930’s-founded plant to an electric vehicle manufacturing facility.

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Neckarsulm – Audi’s plant prepares for more electric vehicles


Audi’s Neckarsulm plant manager Fred Schulze discusses sustainability and digitalisation

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