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  • News » Officials get traffic moving at storm-hit Laredo border crossing

    May 26th 2017 Officials on both sides of the US and Mexican border have diverted traffic and partially opened the World Trade International bridge just days after a storm caused significant damages at the vitally important Laredo crossing and forced authorities to stop operations. The 14-lane World Trade Bridge one of four entry points at the border crossing, where […]
  • News » Daimler breaks ground on new battery factory

    May 24th 2017 Daimler has held the groundbreaking ceremony for a new €500m ($559m) battery factory in Kamenz, Germany as the company targets the inclusion of more than 10 all-electric passenger cars in its portfolio by 2022. “The automotive industry is facing a fundamental transformation and we see ourselves as the driving force behind this change,” said Dieter […]
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  • News » Audi agrees to sell future SAIC production through existing dealer network

    May 24th 2017 Audi has agreed to sell any vehicles produced under its deal with SAIC through its existing sales network, after dealers expressed fears the new partnership would increase competition and lose them access to key new products. The company already has a 29-year partnership with FAW Group in China and last year announced plans for a […]
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  • News » BMW Brilliance puts technology first in China plant expansion

    May 24th 2017 New technology is at the centre of a €1 billion ($1.1 billion) expansion of BMW’s joint venture plant with Brilliance Automotive in Dadong, China. The expansion includes a networked production system based on industry 4.0 applications, as well as mobile smart devices and supporting ‘exoskeletons’ for workers. BMW Brilliance Automotive opened the north section expansion […]
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  • News » China approves JAC-VW electric vehicle production plan

    May 24th 2017 The China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has given final approval for local carmaker JAC and Germany’s Volkswagen Group to jointly produce a new brand of passenger electric vehicles in the country. The two companies first signed a memorandum of understanding for an electric vehicle partnership back in September. A statement from JAC this […]
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  • News » Geely chosen as Proton’s strategic partner

    May 24th 2017 Chinese carmaker Geely will take a 49.9% stake in Malaysia’s Proton group, as well as a 51% controlling interest in luxury car brand Lotus as part of a deal with DRB-Hicom Group. Under a $360m bailout agreement signed with the Malaysian government last year, the carmaker was required to find a foreign strategic partner that […]
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  • News » Schenker helps Schuler deliver press to Detroit

    May 24th 2017 Industrial press manufacturer Schuler has worked with logistics provider Schenker Deutschland to secure the delivery of a 106 ton hydraulic press from its facility in Erfurt to the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) research facility in Detroit, Michigan. The press, which can exert a force of 4,000 US tons, is being used in […]
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  • News » GM restricts production in India to exports and exits South Africa after 90 years

    May 24th 2017 General Motors has announced further restructuring of its international businesses, including moving to an export-only production model in India and exiting the South African market altogether. Poor sales, margins and a lack of scale in the supply chain have contributed to the decisions. They follow a recent pattern at GM of retreating from less profitable […]
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  • News » BMW works on spare parts rail link in Germany

    May 24th 2017 BMW is linking its spare parts warehouse in Wallersdorf, Germany to the rail network in an effort to reduce emissions. Rail services are expected to begin in September this year, following two years of development, and will remove 17,500 truck journeys every year, yielding a reduction of 88 tonnes in CO2 emissions. The carmaker is […]
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  • News » Ford names Hackett as CEO and makes three other top executive appointments

    May 24th 2017 Ford has named Jim Hackett (pictured) as its new president and CEO, replacing Mark Fields, who is retiring after 28 years with the company. The carmaker has also made three further top-level appointments: Joe Hinrichs takes up the role of executive vice-president and president of global operations; Jim Farley has been named executive vice-president and […]
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