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  • Joining forces

    June 23, 2017

    Complex parts, precision fits, no margin for error; it’s no wonder automation is such a vital ingredient of successful powertrain assembly lines

  • GM to build supplier park at Arlington

    June 16, 2017

    US – The new park in Texas will consist of two manufacturing and warehouse buildings covering 1.2m sq.ft and will require up to 1,250 workers, including 850 in newly created positions. The park will begin supporting the Arlington Assembly plant in 2018…

  • FCA hails first Indian Jeep compass

    June 1, 2017

    India – The milestone vehicle rolled off the assembly line at the Ranjangaon factory near Pune, a joint venture between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited (FIAPL). The Jeep Compass is expected to enter full production in July, serving both local and global demand…

  • Honda ELP starts making Acura MDX

    May 31, 2017

    US – The factory in Ohio has become the second production location for the luxury SUV, after Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln. In the autumn, East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP) will take exclusive responsibility for the model as the Alabama factory increases production of the Honda Pilot SUV…

  • Ford hopes new top team can Hackett

    May 22, 2017

    US – Replacing Mark Fields, who is retiring after 28 years with the company, Jim Hackett will become president and CEO, reporting to executive chairman Bill Ford. The OEM also named Jim Farley, Joe Hinrichs and Marcy Klevorn in new leadership roles under Hackett…

  • Schuler presses head for North America

    May 10, 2017

    US/Mexico – The company will deliver 15 machines featuring automation and pressing forces ranging from 400 to 2,000 tons to a US automotive supplier with factories on both sides of the border. The deal includes transfer, ProgDie and stamping presses…

  • Honda celebrates Energy Star awards

    May 9, 2017

    US – Two of the OEM’s plants in Ohio and one in Indiana have received the certification this year, signifying that they are performing in the top 25% of similar facilities in terms of energy usage. The Marysville and East Liberty factories in Ohio won the award for the 11th consecutive year, while Honda Manufacturing of Indiana received it for the fifth time in a row…

  • KMMG makes one-millionth Sorento

    May 3, 2017

    US – The white CUV was manufactured at Kia’s West Point facility in Georgia seven-and-a-half years after a production launch for the model costing $1.1 billion. It will be on display at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the next few weeks…

  • HMA starts making new Odyssey

    April 25, 2017

    US – The production launch comes after “significant investments in new technologies”, says Honda, including a new process for the application of acoustic foam at 14 points throughout the vehicle body. The Lincoln, Alabama, factory is the exclusive manufacturing location for the minivan…

  • TMMK receives $1.33bn for TNGA

    April 10, 2017

    US – The factory in Kentucky will become the first in North America to produce vehicles on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), beginning with the 2018 Camry. In addition to modifications relating to TNGA, Toyota says the plant will install new equipment and build a new paintshop to “modernise and streamline” its production…