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  • Iacovelli to replace Klebert at Schuler

    October 13, 2017

    Germany – Schuler said that CEO Stefan Klebert “is not extending his contract and will leave the company by mutual consent” on April 24, 2018, the day of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. His successor, Domenico Iacovelli, has served as deputy CEO since 2007…

  • Ford Craiova starts making EcoSport

    October 12, 2017

    Romania – The company said that it switched to European production in place of exports from Chennai, India, in order to meet rising demand. The change required an investment of €200m ($235.8m)…

  • Action plan for Czech auto industry

    October 11, 2017

    Czech Republic – With key themes of electromobility, autonomous driving and digitalisation, the memorandum between the government and the Association of Czech Automobile Industry (AutoSAP) has been hailed by Skoda, the main automotive manufacturer in the country and a member of AutoSAP. Skoda worked with other organisations to help shape the plan…

  • PSA’s French plants gain production

    October 10, 2017

    France – The OEM confirmed that Mulhouse and Sochaux will build new models from 2020/2021, saying this will secure their “medium-term manufacturing visibility”. It added that details of the vehicles will be disclosed at a later date “for strategic reasons”…

  • Novares opens paint line, Sainte Marguerite

    October 5, 2017

    France – The company formerly known as Mecaplast – Key Plastics invested €8.5m ($10.1m) to build a 600sq.m extension equipped with the latest robotic technology. Novares said the facility will support six vehicle-makers in the region: PSA, Fiat, Volvo, Daimler, Opel and Renault…

  • Brose opens paint facility at Coventry

    October 2, 2017

    UK – The new e-coat line will enable the painting of more than 3.5m seat structures per year, according to Brose. The company invested £10m ($13.3m) in the facility and recruited an extra 30 personnel for its operation…

  • Skoda hits 20m-unit milestone

    September 27, 2017

    Czech Republic – The OEM’s 20-millionth vehicle, a Karoq, rolled off the assembly line at Kvasiny more than a century after car production began at the main plant, Mladá Boleslav. The new Karoq will be launched in late October…

  • EVs abound, but where’s the power?

    September 22, 2017

    This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show was a little different from previous occasions, with some notable absentees – namely Nissan, Peugeot, Volvo and FCA. Something else I was struck (rather than surprised) by was the increasing focus on electric vehicles (EVs). The diesel scandal has led to a major shift in public opinion, the political mood and car companies’ strategies. The disruptive arrival of Tesla and others has also helped…

  • Novares opens Mioveni plant

    September 21, 2017

    Romania – Until recently known as Mecaplast-Key Plastics, the company said it has established itself in the country in order to be close to its main customer, Dacia. The factory near Piteşti is Novares’ first in the country…

  • Nissan hits 150m-unit milestone

    September 19, 2017

    Japan – The total has been reached 84 years after the company was founded; it took 73 years to make the first 100m but only 11 years to turn out the next 50m, following the increased expansion of the OEM’s production network beyond Japan. The majority of its vehicles are now manufactured overseas…