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  • Toyota announces executive changes

    November 28th 2017

    Japan – The moves are part of a revision of the company’s organisational structure which will be implemented next year in a bid to strengthen cooperation between different business divisions and to boost innovation. Appointments at Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will be effective from January 1, 2018…

  • Out now: ATS 2018

    November 21st 2017

    For this, our second issue of the ATS supplement, we have spoken once again to key players in this crucial sector of the market, revealing their insight on the current state of automotive manufacturing…

  • Editor’s note: High anxiety

    November 16th 2017

    We live in anxious times, if the headlines are to be believed. In the UK, Brexit has seemed to be less of a concern to the consuming public than it does to a nervous business community. But worries regarding what the future holds for the millions of diesel and petrol vehicles on the roads are now beginning to trouble their once-proud owners. The potential impact that the proposed ban on the sale of these vehicles might have on resale values, taxation and so on is now starting to weigh on the minds of motorists and potential new-car buyers, and certainly won’t help the recent slide in sales…

  • Added value

    November 16th 2017

    The use of additively manufactured parts in vehicles is now unexceptional, if not yet pervasive, at least at the high end of the market characterised by low volume and high purchase price. But there are other uses for additive techniques besides final part production and their original application area of rapid prototyping. One that has quietly been making headway for some time is the manufacture of production tooling, both handheld devices for shopfloor workers and attachments for equipment such as robots…

  • Steel town

    November 13th 2017

    ArcelorMittal employs over 4,200 people at its Indiana Harbor facility, which has been the site of steel making for over 100 years and is the largest integrated steel-producing facility in North America, with three blast furnaces (one of which is the biggest in the continent) and a hot-strip mill. Since the economic downturn, the US steel industry has been reshaped and at Indiana Harbor there has been a push to develop the most important and productive assets. This has involved a refocusing of the finishing operations, with a move from two hot-strip mills to one…

  • Building for the future

    November 13th 2017

    Subaru has spent $1.3bn at its US plant to increase its capacity and is now preparing to produce a new SUV Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) reports that it has invested $1.3 billion at its 832-acre site in Lafayette, Indiana, over the last four years. This has increased both powertrain and vehicle production capacity, boosting …

  • BMW opens Mexican training centre

    November 8th 2017

    Mexico – Located at the OEM’s San Lui Potosí plant which is due to open in 2019, the new training centre covers 6,000 sq.m and has 11 workshops for employees plus apprentices from three educational institutions. The centre was built at a cost of $9m…

  • Smith takes American COO role at Hyundai

    October 23rd 2017

    US – As chief operating officer (COO), Brian Smith will look after all aspects of the OEM’s operations in America, including corporate and strategic direction, sales, marketing, customer satisfaction and dealer development. He will report to Kenny Lee, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America…

  • Honda Anna reaches 25m engines

    October 12th 2017

    US – The milestone unit, built on Line 4, was a 1.5-litre turbo for a 2018 Accord made at Marysville Auto Plant, also in Ohio. Honda’s largest engine factory worldwide has reached this cumulative output after 32 years of operation…

  • 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…