Automotive Manufacturing Solutions


  • Emergency response

    January 2nd 2018

    While most blue-light conversions are farmed out to contractors, a dedicated area at Vauxhall Luton transforms vehicles from the production line in readiness for the frontline

  • Southern powerhouse

    November 13th 2017

    The automotive industry has played a central role in the economic and industrial strategies of successive South African governments in the post-apartheid era, and since 1995 various development plans have provided a structured environment for carmakers to invest. The industry’s relatively recent emergence on the world stage has been driven by the expansion of BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen (VW), whose South African factories make vehicles for Europe and other major markets, while Ford and Toyota have also allocated global roles to their plants in the country. Moreover, China’s BAIC is now moving in, constructing a 100,000-unit factory which represents the biggest single automotive investment in the country…

  • Composites take shape

    October 12th 2017

    Pressing and forming technology for composite materials are a key part of modern automotive production. AMS looks at the latest developments

  • Fletcher to deliver GM’s EV strategy

    October 12th 2017

    US – In the newly created role of vice-president, Global Electric Vehicle Programmes, Pamela Fletcher will execute the OEM’s plans for an electrified vehicle line up, including the launch of more than 20 pure electric vehicles (EVs) by 2023. She will report to Doug Parks, vice-president, Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programmes…

  • Engle to lead new GM region

    October 3rd 2017

    US – The company announced that it will combine its International and South America regions after the retirement of Stefan Jacoby, executive vice-president and president of GM International, at the end of this year. Barry Engle, currently in charge of South America, will assume the leadership of both regions on January 1…

  • GM makes plans for e-mobility up to 2023

    October 2nd 2017

    US – The OEM said a “zero emissions future” will require “a two-pronged approach to electrification”, comprising battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology. GM pledged to introduce 20 new electric vehicles (EVs) over six years, including two in the next 18 months “based on learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt”…

  • GM goes green in Ohio and Indiana

    September 19th 2017

    US – The OEM announced that its manufacturing facilities in the two states will by powered by 100% renewable energy, through the purchase of 200MW from wind farms. When the turbines come online at the end of 2018, renewable energy will account for 20% of GM’s global electricity consumption…

  • Colonised by China

    September 5th 2017

    South-East Asia has long been a catch that Western and even Korean vehicle-makers have failed to land, with its population of 650m people significantly under-represented in vehicle ownership. But the Chinese are now mounting their most serious attack yet on the domination of Japanese brands in the region, after Geely was announced in May as the new foreign partner of Malaysia’s struggling Proton Cars, beating France’s PSA Group. Geely, which also owns Volvo, joins a list of Chinese vehicle-makers targeting South-East Asia. For example, SAIC is expanding its Thai operations and the SAIC-General Motors brand Wuling, which this year is launching a car designed for Indonesia, has built a new factory there…

  • Troubled times

    September 5th 2017

    Threats from the US to tear up free-trade agreements and impose tariffs on imported vehicles is causing fear in the export-dependent manufacturing strongholds of Japan and Korea. The two countries already face difficulties within their established (and costly) manufacturing bases, but the threat from the belligerent, protectionist President Donald Trump to put up barriers to one of their biggest markets adds a new element of concern as they try to fill capacity in factories which have already been weakened by their policy of expanding production overseas…

  • Getting the green light

    September 4th 2017

    The origins of Chinese vehicle manufacturing are rooted in technology transfers from European, US and Japanese OEMs through joint ventures in which overseas companies could not hold majority stakes. Such rules look likely to be relaxed; according to a recent government report on the future of electric vehicles (EVs), the aim is “to open up the restrictions on joint-venture ownership in an orderly manner”. This is because the government wants to create a new, globally competitive automotive industry focused on EVs, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles…