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  • New year, new arrangements

    December 10th 2018

    As 2018 draws to a close, the pace of change in vehicle manufacturing is accelerating….

  • The break-up of Fiat Chrysler gathers pace

    November 15th 2018

    After separating from Ferrari and Iveco, Fiat Chrysler has now spun off its components activity, Magneti Marelli…

  • Centre of operations

    August 17th 2018

    Investment in new plants and expansion of existing facilities shows central Europe to be at the heart of vehicle manufacturers’ regional strategies

  • The man who saved Fiat and Chrysler

    August 6th 2018

    Sergio Marchionne oversaw the transformation of both Fiat and Chrysler into a merged entity which now reports strong financials…

  • Novares opens paint line, Sainte Marguerite

    October 5th 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…

  • Dual-purpose laser

    June 1st 2017

    In laser technology, the distinction between diode and fibre methods is clear – but automotive manufacturers are likely to need both types on their production lines

  • After PSA and Opel, who’s next?

    March 23rd 2017

    The acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall by PSA, which should be complete by the end of this year, took the industry by surprise. With Opel/Vauxhall still losing money in Q3 2016, most observers assumed that GM would simply close one or more plants, as on previous occasions, so the idea of the company actually withdrawing from European vehicle manufacturing after 90 years was a shock. As the industry absorbed the news and assessed its implications, it was not long before discussion turned to what might be the next move in terms of industry consolidation…

  • Thrilling milling

    January 30th 2017

    Producing high quantity prismatic machined parts for the automotive industry has taken many paths over the years

  • Airbag anxieties

    May 27th 2016

    The airbag sector is unfortunately probably best known at present for its recall problems, especially those involving the Japanese supplier Takata. The sector has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, and in developed markets, driver, passenger and side airbags are standard on just about every new vehicle, with many new cars and light trucks having eight or more bags somewhere inside. More applications, both inside – and indeed outside – the vehicle are being developed…