Tag: Automobile News 2018

Dongfeng Maxion to construct wheel plant

China – Dongfeng Motor Elements and Parts Group has shaped a brand new three way partnership firm with Maxion Wheels – a division of the Brazilian wheel and structural element producer Iochpe Maxion. The brand new firm is known as Dongfeng Maxion Wheels, and can look to serve the worldwide market. “Rising our presence in Asia is certainly one of Iochpe-Maxion’s priorities,” commented Marcos Oliveira, president and CEO of Iochpe-Maxion. “Coupling Maxion Wheels’ international buyer relationships and important aluminium wheel experience with Dongfeng Motor Elements and Parts’ purpose to develop its portfolio to incorporate mild car aluminium wheels is the makings of a robust partnership. We’re honoured to hitch Dongfeng’s sturdy and dynamic organisation and thru our three way partnership present world-class aluminium wheels for our international and home Chinese language OEM clients.” The plan is to construct a brand new plant in Hubei Province, China, producing round 450 new jobs within the....




PSA’s Poissy plant so as to add mannequin

France – Groupe PSA has revealed that it’s going to begin making the brand new Opel/Vauxhall B-SUV at its Poissy plant, which is situated about an hour north west of the French capital Paris. In consequence, the power will change into the primary to assemble a car based mostly on the corporate’s widespread modular platform (CMP). “Poissy workers are proud to paved the way this yr with the primary implementation of this cutting-edge manufacturing course of for our Group,” commented Frédéric Przybylski, supervisor of the Poissy plant. “Having an extra car is the clear recognition of our efficiency enchancment and I want to thank all of the groups that created the circumstances to make it occur. It’s additionally a giant accountability and we’re dedicated to realize the best ranges of effectivity and high quality for the satisfaction of our clients.” The B-SUV might be constructed alongside the Peugeot 208, DS Three and....


Scania units sights on Thailand

Thailand – Scania has opened a brand new meeting facility for truck cabs, truck chassis and bus chassis within the Bangkok Free Commerce Zone, Thailand. The Swedish OEM says that the transfer is a vital a part of its plan to strengthen its presence in the area. “With this new industrial institution and with native suppliers, we are able to now construct Scania vehicles and buses based on international specs, with Thai origin,” commented Gustaf Sundell, managing director for Scania Group Thailand. “It provides us utterly new stipulations for our development within the ASEAN Free Commerce Space. By rising our native presence, we at the moment are in a position to rapidly reply to clients’ calls for, and ensure that we offer the most effective transport resolution for every buyer.” Costing 800m Thai Baht (US$25.54m) and overlaying 33,900sq.m, the plant marks the largest funding in manufacturing that Scania has made exterior Europe and Latin America.....




VW units out Wolfsburg improve

Germany – New bodyshop AGVs, extra automated meeting stations and a sequence of ergonomic measures will characteristic in a significant improve at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant Saying the brand new programme of enhancements at this month’s website symposium, VW mentioned that the modifications will enhance productiveness on the Wolfsburg plant and also will obtain financial savings of round €186m. A key focus for the enhancements is the preparation for the beginning of manufacturing the Golf eight. Within the physique store, a brand new AGV system will use 23 transport robots for quicker materials provide. In meeting, a brand new robotic station will automate bolting for engine mounts, impression beams, trailer hitch and seat belts right into a single operation. The ergonomic measures embody help buildings akin to mounting seats, lifting aids and different instruments to scale back bodily work ranges throughout car meeting. The “surgeon-nurse precept” offers the worker with all....


Magna to make new Toyota Supra

Austria – Magna has introduced that it’s going to construct the brand new Toyota Supra at its facility in Graz, Austria. The automotive was first revealed on the 2019 North American Worldwide Auto Present (NAIAS), and is predicted to enter manufacturing in early 2019. In addition to assembling the Supra, Magna may also be supplying the seats, physique stampings, door latches and liftgate for the mannequin. “This contract from Toyota is a testomony to our manufacturing experience and our potential to ship on the top quality requirements we all know our clients anticipate when constructing their automobiles,” commented Günther Apfalter, president of Magna Europe and Magna Steyr. “That is yet one more instance of how we’re uniquely positioned to assist automakers that want further capability and new entrants searching for complete automobile experience.” The Graz manufacturing facility has been a hive of exercise over the previous few years. It’s already dwelling to manufacturing of....




Volkswagen selects EV manufacturing base

US – Volkswagen has introduced that it’ll use its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee as a base for electrical automobile manufacturing in North America. It presently makes the Atlas SUV and Passat sedan on the manufacturing facility. “The US is likely one of the most necessary places for us and producing electrical automobiles in Chattanooga is a key a part of our development technique in North America,” commented Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen. “The administration group, led by Scott Keogh, is dedicated to persevering with to extend our market share within the coming years. Along with our ongoing investments and this enhance in native manufacturing, we’re strengthening the muse for sustainable development of the Volkswagen model within the US.” Chattanooga will develop into the primary devoted location within the US for manufacturing of a automobile primarily based on VW’s modular electrical toolkit chassis (MEB) – the series-production model of the ID. Crozz SUV idea. It....


Peugeot 2008 hits manufacturing milestone

France – The one-millionth Peugeot 2008 rolled off manufacturing strains on the firm’s Mulhouse plant in japanese France. Launched again in 2013, the SUV is now one of the widespread autos in Peugeot’s portfolio. The Mulhouse plant was the primary to start out making the 2008. Round 780 items of the mannequin at the moment are made on the facility on daily basis, with 193,000 items produced in 2018 alone. 62% of the elements used within the 2008 are made at Mulhouse. The SUV is additionally made at Groupe PSA’s vegetation in Porto Actual, Brasil, in Wuhan, China, in Tehran, Iran and in Gurun, Malaysia. It’s primarily based on the PF1 platform, which can also be used for the Peugeot 208, Citroen C3 Picasso and Opel Crossland X. In Could 2018, Groupe PSA revealed plans to spice up its output of SUVs in Europe. It additionally mentioned it was investing in its Luton plant....




Eisenmann to increase paint store

US – The German manufacturing facility engineering specialist Eisenmann has gained a contract to increase the paint store at a serious truck manufacturing facility within the east of the US. Building begins on the finish of 2018 and is because of end in the summertime of 2020. “Above all, our buyer was very impressed by our modern know-how,” commented Timo Steimer, head of automotive system gross sales, NAFTA, at Eisenmann. “However our gross sales workforce’s responsiveness and adaptability all through the bidding part have been additionally key elements on this excellent achievement.” The extension will comprise of a brand new constructing that homes a pretreatment line and the corporate’s E-Shuttle 200 system. Based on Eisenmann, this technique has been particularly designed for prime throughput charges and helps corporations get monetary savings by supporting therapy of a number of car fashions on the identical line. Moreover, Eisenmann will set up its E-Dice system within the....


Three Audi fashions enter manufacturing

Algeria – Meeting of the Audi A3 Sportback, A3 Sedan and Q2 has began in Relizane. The plant is operated by Sovac Manufacturing S.P.A – a three way partnership between the German OEM and the Algerian automobile supplier Sovac. “This entry into the Group’s multi-brand manufacturing facility is a logical step into the Algerian development market,” commented Peter Will, head of planning and steering of CKD/MKD/SKD initiatives at Audi. “By particularly coaching native staff, we’re making certain Audi high quality and utilising synergies with the opposite Group manufacturers in manufacturing and logistics, laying the inspiration for continued development in North Africa.” The Audi fashions will probably be assembled alongside the Volkswagen Golf, Polo, Tiguan, Passat and Caddy, the Skoda Octavia, Speedy and Fabia, in addition to the SEAT Ibiza, Arona, Leon and Ateca. In June 2018, the VW Group introduced that its technique in North Africa could be lead by SEAT. This....




Metal wars

Bridges are being burnt in immediately’s automotive trade. Political selections are having a big influence on the value of automobiles, the best way through which they’re offered, and the place they’re made. One issue that would quickly play a key function is the commerce warfare between the US and the remainder of the world. US restrictions Metal that comes from China is reasonable. Large factories within the nation are run by the federal government, which implies labour prices are stored low. The factories are additionally provided by their very own mines, permitting them to supply iron and coal with out coping with fluctuations in commodity worth. Consequently, demand for Chinese language metal internationally has soared – statistics from the World Metal Affiliation present that China produced round 66.four million tonnes of metal in 1990, rising to 822.7 million tonnes in 2014. Nonetheless, over the previous 4 years, overcapacity has pushed....


Groupe PSA opens powertrain plant

India – Groupe PSA has just lately inaugurated a brand new plant in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. Costing round US$85m, it is getting used to deal with the manufacturing of powertrain parts for each the worldwide and home automotive market. “We wish to be Indian in India. With this inauguration, we’ve taken one other important step in direction of the execution of our Push to Move strategic plan and dedication in direction of the Indian prospects. The standard of the relation with our accomplice, the CK Birla Group, is paramount to the success of our frequent mission, with the creation of a whole eco-system in India,” commented Carlos Tavares, chairman of the managing board at Groupe PSA. The plant has an preliminary output of 300,000 transmissions and 200,000 engines per yr. It’s owned by PSA Avtec Powertrain – a 50:50 joint-venture firm between Groupe PSA and Avtec that was created in 2017. Avtec....




Paint expertise and investments

We report on the brand new expertise, strategies and investments on the planet of paintshop being carried out by vehicle-makers all over the world… Eisenmann’s E-Shuttle 200 pre-treatment/electrocoating system will probably be a part of the Leipzig improve Growth at BMW Leipzig Eisenmann says it has been given total accountability for increasing the paintshop at BMW Group’s plant in Leipzig. The corporate will convert the topcoat line and carry out re-engineering work on pre-treatment and electrocoating. The mission features a new pretreatment/electrocoating system outfitted with E-Shuttle 200 conveyors and e-coat dryers. Eisenmann says this versatile dip-coating conveyor permits quite a lot of car fashions to be handled on a single manufacturing line. The present topcoat line will probably be transformed to a primerless portray course of, and the ending line may also be re-engineered. Set up work will begin in December 2018 and the mission is scheduled to be accomplished....


BMW takes a digital actuality verify

Germany – In preparation for ramp up of the brand new BMW three Sequence, digital actuality expertise has enabled the OEM to arrange cockpit preassembly workstations. Through the use of VR, BMW says it was in a position to assess the entire of the brand new manufacturing space in digital actuality and take a look at new procedures in 3D. Matthias Schindler, chargeable for Digital Planning and Implementation in Manufacturing on the BMW Group: “Time-consuming trial installations that replicate the workstation in its precise dimensions have been not wanted. And the truth that all of the specialists concerned – from logistics consultants to techniques planners to manufacturing workers – have been simply in a position to alternate concepts within the early levels was an vital additional benefit for the staff.” With planning and preparations remaining in a digital world, manufacturing of the present cockpit continued with out disruption. The premise....




Van manufacturing increase at Renault plant

France – The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has revealed new plans for the manufacturing of vans within the nation. Particularly, €450m (US$393m) is being spent over the subsequent 5 years to make the next-generation Renault Kangoo household at the Renault Maubeuge plant, the place the Mercedes Citan van is at present constructed. The brand new Nissan NV250 may even be made at Maubeuge alongside the Kangoo, because it shares the identical platform. The ability will probably be expanded and, in 2019, 200 further staff will probably be employed. Because of this, it’ll turn into a ‘small van heart of excellence’ for the Alliance. Three hours east, Renault’s Sandouville plant will home manufacturing of a Mitsubishi automobile based mostly on the identical platform because the Renault Trafic. It will likely be exported to Australia and New Zealand. “Groupe Renault’s international van experience is driving synergies throughout the Alliance to learn all our clients. The Maubeuge and Sandouville vegetation offered probably the....


Mercedes begins B-Class manufacturing

Germany – Mercedes-Benz has began collection manufacturing of the second mannequin in its latest compact automotive technology – the B-Class – at its plant in Rastatt. The automotive is being constructed alongside the GLA SUV and the A-Class compact sedan, which can also be made in Kecskemét (Hungary), Uusikaupunki (Finland) and Aguascalientes (Mexico). “A begin of manufacturing is all the time a spotlight for a plant,” mentioned Thomas Geier, web site supervisor of the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant. “For this one notably, we have now ready ourselves intensively. Amongst different issues, a corridor was utterly rebuilt. Due to our expertise with the A-Class we’re optimally acquainted with the manufacturing structure and might use synergies.” Information of the B-Class manufacturing comes three years after the OEM mentioned it was investing €1 billion (US$1.14 billion) within the Rastatt plant with the intention to make compact vehicles. Round 6,500 employees at the moment are based mostly on the facility, making it the biggest....




Volkswagen to change European output

Germany – Volkswagen has revealed plans to increase manufacturing capability by constructing a brand new plant in Jap Europe. It is going to be a multi-brand plant, making varied autos beneath the totally different marques of the VW Group, and can play a key function in the corporate’s competitiveness within the area. “Now we have redefined the strategic guideposts for future plant task,” commented Oliver Blume, board of administration member for Group manufacturing. “We’re making our vegetation match for the long run. Amongst different issues, this consists of bundling cross-brand product households to maximise synergies and price advantages. That’s how we might be realising the total potential of the Volkswagen Group.” The new facility will initially home manufacturing of the Skoda Karoq and SEAT Ateca, that are at the moment made at Skoda’s plant in Kvasiny, Czech Republic. Kvasiny will as a substitute turn into residence to the Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Excellent and Kodiaq from 2023.....


BMW takes a digital actuality test

Germany – In preparation for ramp up of the brand new BMW three Sequence, digital actuality expertise has enabled the OEM to arrange cockpit preassembly workstations. Through the use of VR, BMW says it was in a position to assess the entire of the brand new manufacturing space in digital actuality and check new procedures in 3D. Matthias Schindler, chargeable for Digital Planning and Implementation in Manufacturing on the BMW Group: “Time-consuming trial installations that replicate the workstation in its precise dimensions have been now not wanted. And the truth that all of the specialists concerned – from logistics specialists to techniques planners to manufacturing workers – have been simply in a position to trade concepts within the early levels was an vital additional advantage for the workforce.” With planning and preparations remaining in a digital world, manufacturing of the prevailing cockpit continued with out disruption. The idea for the....




Schaeffler to close two UK crops

UK – World automotive provider Schaeffler has introduced the closure of two crops. The primary is situated in Llanelli, Wales, and homes the manufacturing of mechanical tappets and bearings for automotive makers. The opposite is in Plymouth, England, the place spindle bearings and machine components for the corporate’s industrial division are made, in addition to different bearings for the aerospace and defence industries. “A world enterprise must usually assessment market situations and try to optimise its footprint throughout totally different areas. The proposed measures we now have taken for the UK mirror this enterprise actuality. Nonetheless, we stay dedicated to preserving sure actions within the UK, a rustic that can proceed to be vital to us,” remarked Juergen Ziegler, Schaeffler’s regional CEO Europe. In addition to the 2 crops, a logistics centre in Sutton Coldfield shall be closed, with ‘the bulk’ of the staff being relocated to a leased workplace close by. Nonetheless, the corporate’s....


Van manufacturing enhance at Renault plant

France – The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has revealed new plans for the manufacturing of vans within the nation. Particularly, €450m (US$393m) is being spent over the following 5 years to make the next-generation Renault Kangoo household at the Renault Maubeuge plant, the place the Mercedes Citan van is at present constructed. The brand new Nissan NV250 may also be made at Maubeuge alongside the Kangoo, because it shares the identical platform. The power will likely be expanded and, in 2019, 200 further staff will likely be employed. Because of this, it’ll turn out to be a ‘small van heart of excellence’ for the Alliance. Three hours east, Renault’s Sandouville plant will home manufacturing of a Mitsubishi car based mostly on the identical platform because the Renault Trafic. It will likely be exported to Australia and New Zealand. “Groupe Renault’s world van experience is driving synergies throughout the Alliance to profit all our clients. The Maubeuge and Sandouville crops supplied....




Schaeffler to close two UK vegetation

UK – World automotive provider Schaeffler has introduced the closure of two vegetation. The primary is positioned in Llanelli, Wales, and homes the manufacturing of mechanical tappets and bearings for automotive makers. The opposite is in Plymouth, England, the place spindle bearings and machine elements for the corporate’s industrial division are made, in addition to different bearings for the aerospace and defence industries. “A worldwide enterprise must usually assessment market circumstances and try to optimise its footprint throughout totally different areas. The proposed measures we now have taken for the UK replicate this enterprise actuality. Nevertheless, we stay dedicated to maintaining sure actions within the UK, a rustic that can proceed to be necessary to us,” remarked Juergen Ziegler, Schaeffler’s regional CEO Europe. In addition to the 2 vegetation, a logistics centre in Sutton Coldfield will probably be closed, with ‘the bulk’ of the workers being relocated to a leased workplace close by. Nevertheless, the....


Ford automates hot-forming course of

Germany – Ford has built-in a automated hot-forming line at its Saarlouis plant, which is positioned two hours south west of Frankfurt, the place it makes the Focus. The corporate says it’s the first time this course of has been automated. It really works by subjecting boron metal to temperatures of as much as 930 levels celsius earlier than robots place it in a hydraulic press the place it’s formed. It’s then cooled in three seconds and reduce by lasers. “We’re constructing on strategies used to strengthen metal for hundreds of years, incorporating trendy supplies and automation to hurry and refine the hot-forming course of,” commented Dale Wishnousky, vice chairman, manufacturing, Ford of Europe. “The ensuing boron metal security cell helps to make the all-new Focus considered one of our most secure automobiles ever.” The road is a part of a €600m (US$690m) funding within the plant introduced again in March 2017. Ford additionally spent a few of....




Nissan makes X-Path in St. Petersburg

Russia – The brand new Nissan X-Path is now being produced on the firm’s St. Petersburg plant, becoming a member of the Qashqai and Murano. This follows on from a small rise within the model’s gross sales within the nation from 9,049 to 10,134 items between August and September 2018. “We’re very happy to announce the official begin of manufacturing of the brand new Nissan X-Path at our St. Petersburg plant,” commented Igor Boytsov, vice chairman, Nissan Motor Manufacturing Russia. “The transfer has seen the set up of subtle new gear and extra coaching for our employees, guaranteeing the environment friendly manufacturing of this modern mannequin whereas bringing our ‘northern capital’ plant into the long run.” One of many upgrades made on the plant was to put in laser sensors on all welding gear. This was carried out to enhance precision. Software program methods had been additionally launched with the intention....


Tata begins making Harrier in Pune

India – Tata Motors has began making its Harrier SUV on a brand new meeting line in Chakan – a city located within the northern a part of Pune. This comes forward of the market launch of the mannequin in early 2019. “We’ve got been receiving an incredible response from the purchasers ever since we opened bookings of the Harrier, a fortnight in the past,” commented Mayank Pareek, president, passenger automobile enterprise unit, Tata Motors. “With the all- new meeting line prepared and the roll out of the first Harrier, we at the moment are gearing as much as begin deliveries in early 2019. The Harrier, with its beautiful design will certainly enchantment to prospects, particularly those that have eagerly waited for the product since its showcase because the H5X idea on the Auto Expo 2018. We’re assured that the Harrier will set new benchmarks within the SUV phase.” The....




BMW Dingolfing to make Mini batteries

Germany – BMW is investing an undisclosed quantity in its Dingolfing plant with a view to home the manufacturing of batteries for the all-electric Mini. The ‘mid-double-digit-million-euro’ quantity will probably be used to assemble a brand new meeting line and to implement ‘intensive remodelling’ measures. “With the launch of recent fashions and rising demand for electrified autos, we will probably be stepping up manufacturing of electrical parts considerably over the subsequent few months and years,” revealed Roland Maurer, head of planning and manufacturing e-powertrain on the BMW Group. The plant has been making batteries and electrical motors for BMW’s plug-in hybrid electrical autos (PHEVs) since 2015. Nevertheless, the motors used within the Mini will come from the OEM’s different plant in Landshut, which is positioned only a 30 minute drive away. In addition to batteries for the Mini, electrical drive methods for upcoming fashions such because the iX3, the i4 and iNEXT will even be....


Toyota makes hybrid transaxles

Poland – The OEM has began manufacturing of its hybrid electrical transaxles at its plant in Wałbrzych, located within the south west of the nation. They are going to be fitted to the brand new Corolla Hybrid, which is being constructed at Toyota’s Burnaston manufacturing unit within the UK, and the C-HR Hybrid, which is made in Turkey. “We began Europe’s journey in direction of electrification with the introduction of our first hybrid mannequin right here in 2000,” recalled Johan van Zyl, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe. “Right this moment, nearly one in two of our new automobile gross sales are hybrids and the extent continues to develop. Hybrid expertise is our key differentiator. It’s one a part of our bold electrification technique to promote greater than 5.5m electrified autos globally, together with 1m zero emission autos, per yr by 2030. The continued progress of hybrid in Europe permits the....




JLR opens Nitra plant

Slovakia – Jaguar Land Rover has opened its manufacturing facility in Nitra, which is positioned within the west of the nation, an hour’s drive from the capital Bratislava. It price the corporate €1.4bn (US$1.59bn) to construct, covers an space of 300,000 sq.m, and has an annual output of 150,000 automobiles. “International companies require international operational footprints. Whereas Jaguar Land Rover’s coronary heart and soul stay firmly anchored within the UK, increasing internationally solely enriches and strengthens our UK enterprise. Right now’s opening of our subsequent era manufacturing plant in Nitra, Slovakia represents the beginning of a brand new period in manufacturing for Jaguar Land Rover. It’s the newest milestone in our long-term globalisation programme and the end result of 4 years planning. As with our current manufacturing services positioned within the UK, China, Brazil, India and Austria, this high-tech plant in Slovakia will complement and help our company, R&D and engineering....


Ford Bridgend makes petrol engines

UK – The OEM has began manufacturing of its new three-cylinder 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines on the Bridgend plant in South Wales. This follows on from an funding of £100m (US$128m) within the facility. “I’m personally very proud to see manufacturing begin of this all-new engine, right here in Bridgend,” commented Wallace Yearwood, plant supervisor at Bridgend. “It’s the results of a big funding within the plant, a plant which has a long-established historical past of delivering world-class engines, and we’ll make this engine one other success.” The engine was designed by engineers on the Ford Dunton Technical Centre in Essex, the Technical Centre in Merkenich, Germany, and the Analysis and Innovation Centre in Aachen, Germany. It’s going to debut within the new Fiesta ST and the all-new Focus. Information of the brand new engine manufacturing comes similtaneously a report from the BBC detailing a five-day shutdown on the Bridgend plant. It....




Uniti declares manufacturing plans

UK – The Swedish start-up has revealed its intension to construct a “pilot manufacturing plant” at Silverstone Park within the UK. It will likely be used to make the Uniti One – a small pure electrical automotive designed for metropolis driving. “The UK’s strategy to automobile manufacturing, with its give attention to light-weighting and innovation in superior supplies, is a perfect mannequin for electrical automotive manufacturing globally,” commented Lewis Horne, Uniti’s CEO. “It’s no secret that a few of the world’s finest automobile engineers are clustered round Silverstone. When coupled with a authorities receptive to our ambition and targets, we couldn’t discover a higher house to ascertain our pilot manufacturing facility.” Uniti hopes to unveil production-ready fashions in late 2019. The plant, which is able to act as a ‘blueprint’ for digitalisation in automobile manufacturing ‘all through the world’, will be totally operational across the identical time. The information comes shortly after Dyson, the vacuum specialist, introduced that....