The latest news and devlopments in plant and material logistics.


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

2023-09-12T15:39:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

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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Register: 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”

2023-07-31T21:23:00+01:00By Götz Fuchslocher

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

2023-07-10T17:20:00+01:00By Ilkhan Ozsevim

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

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Audi uses AI for quality control of spot welds

2023-06-30T15:35:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

The carmaker is officially using the technology after successful trials.

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Automation – boosting efficiency, flexibility and sustainability

2023-06-27T15:08:00+01:00By Nick Holt

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

2023-06-23T16:33:00+01:00By AMS

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

2023-06-22T02:02:00+01:00By Pascal Nagel

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

2023-06-20T09:54:00+01:00By Mike Farish

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

2023-06-13T12:05:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

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

2023-06-08T17:35:00+01:00By Michael Nash

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

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Rising vehicle production could signal ‘tougher’ market in H2, says analyst

2023-06-05T13:17:00+01:00By Megan Kelly

The manufacturing market could experience a tough second half of the year as output increases, backorders are filled and pricing becomes more competitive, threatening OEM profitability.

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A friend of flexible lines – upgrading JLR production for EVs and more

2023-05-24T17:56:00+01:00By Nick Holt, Christopher Ludwig

Barbara Bergmeier is driving digitalisation, sustainability and resilience across operations, and wants to ramp up EV manufacturing whilst staying flexible


Focus on flexibility – optimising battery pack production

2023-05-23T21:19:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The AMS Evolution Livestream expert panel representing Ford, AMTE Power and Henkel, discussed fast-changing EV battery production requirements.

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BMW to produce Neue Klasse in China from 2026

2023-05-18T17:55:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture has announced it will build the next model generation, Neue Klasse at its production plant in Shenyang

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Powering up: AMTE ramps up cell production volume

2023-05-09T17:37:00+01:00By Nick Holt

AMTE CEO Alan Hollis discusses ramping up cell production, establishing a new Gigafactory and developing a flexible, sustainable manufacturing approach


Seat: Digital tools, shopfloor innovations and multi-brand manufacturing

2023-04-17T19:14:00+01:00By Pascal Nagel

Markus Haupt has returned to his professional roots in Barcelona. As the board member in charge of production and logistics, he now has the fortunes of Seat’s manufacturing operations in his hands


Developing EV architectures optimised for manufacturing

2023-04-17T18:06:00+01:00By Nick Holt

There’s more to electrification than batteries. We look at some of the developments and trends in designing and manufacturing electric vehicle platforms ahead our exclusive livestream featuring Gestamp and ArcelorMittal


Solving electric vehicle production challenges with smart manufacturing and logistics

2023-04-11T16:00:00+01:00By Siemens

Siemens discusses how the latest digital tools are enabling the transition to e-mobility and explains why these are now essential to OEMs and tier suppliers if they are to create transparent, sustainable supply chains

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Kia starts building facility for electric purpose-built vehicle (PBV) production

2023-04-11T14:44:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The new plant will be dedicated to production of Kia’s electric PBVs, with planned annual capacity of 150,000 units

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