Automotive Manufacturing Solutions


  • Corolla confidence

    February 12th 2019

    Toyota starts production of the new Corolla in the UK – amid all the turmoil of Brexit

  • Academic circles

    November 11th 2018

    Mike Farish visits Oxford-based start-up YASA, a special electric motor company sprung from academia that’s now attracting the attention of premium OEMs

  • Gaining PACE!

    July 5th 2018

    Groupe PSA’s acquisition of GM’s loss-making European operations raised a few eyebrows. Ian Henry looks at the plan to turn around the Opel/Vauxhall brands

  • Aston production returns to Newport

    December 14th 2017

    UK – The OEM is to build a special run of 25 DB4 GT Continuation cars at the site where the original DB4 GTs were made almost 60 years ago. Aston Martin described the move as “another landmark” in its ‘Second Century Plan’…

  • Government doles out £120m for EV batteries

    November 29th 2017

    UK – The money from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), equivalent to $160.9m, marks the next phase of a £246m investment in battery technology through the Faraday Battery Challenge, which is intended to develop suitable batteries for the next generation of electric vehicles. Business and energy secretary Greg Clark announced the recipients today at the Battery and Energy Storage 2017 conference…

  • Gordon Murray joins seats project

    November 20th 2017

    UK – During its participation in the Manufacturability of Advanced Passenger Seats (MAPS) programme alongside Formaplex, the company will focus on reducing structural weight by using composite panels made from recycled carbon fibre, while maintaining high volume and controlling costs. The goal is to develop a seat frame which is 30% lighter than a conventional steel structure…

  • Setting a fast pace

    November 9th 2017

    Not long ago, JLR was facing the possibility of a factory closure amidst declining sales and a recession. Fortunately, the Evoque model had already been approved for production, and when this vehicle launched it was an immediate and resounding success. Having been planned as a model that would hit 50,000-60,000 units annually at its peak, in some years the Evoque has actually been produced at almost twice JLR’s initial projections. The car that saved a factory is now in its second iteration, with full production taking place not only in the UK but China, plus completely knocked down (CKD) assembly in Brazil and India. JLR is now is now gearing up for even more models and manufacturing locations…

  • Sitting pretty

    October 30th 2017

    “This is a massive show of faith and confirms the Group’s intention of giving us the technology and capability we need to take on and successfully deliver higher volumes for our local customers,” said Juergen Zahl, managing director of Brose UK, speaking at the launch of the company’s new paintshop in Coventry, UK. The £10m ($13.2m) facility, a 2,200 sq.m extension to its seat structures factory, opened in October 2017 and has enabled Brose to bring paint processes in-house, making time and logistical savings as well as enhancing scheduling and production control. The company now has the capacity to paint more than 3.5m seat structures per year for UK customers…

  • Gordon Murray’s new manufacturing company

    October 23rd 2017

    UK – The business, Gordon Murray Automotive, will produce limited-run models, beginning with a car launched under a new brand which will “buck the current trend for ever more complicated and heavy vehicles”, according to a statement. Vehicles will be built using a new version of Gordon Murray Design’s iStream production system…

  • Brose opens paint facility at Coventry

    October 2nd 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…