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  • Unipart invests in digital technology to meet ‘disruptive and dislocating’ pace of change

    March 27, 2017

    UK parts manufacturer and logistics provider, Unipart Group, has used the announcement of its annual financial results to highlight a number of investments in digital technology covering inventory control, distribution and sequencing management. Last year the company’s turnover was up 3.5% to £747.7m ($934m), up on £722.5m in 2015, and it ended 2016 with a …

  • McLaren to insource carbon fibre chassis production by 2020

    February 14, 2017

    McLaren Automotive has announced the first details of its Composite Technology Centre, a £50m ($62.5m) investment in Sheffield, England, that will allow it to produce its own carbon fibre chassis by 2020. The centre will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of the Monocell and Monocage carbon fibre chassis in future McLaren cars. The …

  • ThyssenKrupp adds to parts production in China and Hungary

    February 8, 2017

    German tier supplier ThyssenKrupp has announced plans to build two new plants in China and Hungary to manufacture more than 11m springs and stabilisers a year. In China, the group will begin construction this year of a factory in Pinghu, near Shanghai, with output starting in 2018. The site will produce 5m springs and stabilisers …

  • Honda and Hitachi announce plans for electric motor joint venture

    February 7, 2017

    Honda has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hitachi Automotive Systems for the joint production of electric vehicle motors, just a week after announcing a hydrogen fuel cell partnership with General Motors (GM) in the US. Hitachi has been selling motors for electric vehicles since 1999 to a number of carmakers in Japan and the …

  • Toyota and Suzuki firm up partnership talk

    February 7, 2017

    Toyota and Suzuki have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore potential cooperation in various business areas including the supply of products and components. In October last year, the two Japanese companies first announced an intention to collaborate in areas such as environment, safety and information technology. Under the memorandum signed this week, further progress …

  • Russian component exports: Shaping up to ship out

    January 4, 2017

    OEMs and tier suppliers in Russia have plans to support their flagging domestic business with more components exports  With vehicle assembly in Russia operating well below capacity, over the past two years carmakers have tried to increase vehicle exports to other regions, including eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Recently, a number of …

  • Parts materials: Metal manoeuvres

    December 15, 2016

    Aluminium has been threatening to edge steel out as a material for automotive components thanks to its weight advantages. But while aluminium’s role in components is growing, modern steels still dominate the supply chain – and the future requires the best of both In this story… Rising use of aluminium Steel fights back Working in …

  • Schoeller Allibert to build €15m plant in Beringen

    November 28, 2016

    Reusable plastic packaging and container supplier Schoeller Allibert is to begin work on a new Belgian production plant in Beringen, in the province of Limburg, to which it will move from its existing location in Leopoldsburg. Total investment in the facility, which includes a 6,500 sq.m production hall and 3,500 sq.m of outdoor storage space, …

  • Porsche invests €80m in engine plant with latest line-side technology

    July 13, 2016

    German luxury carmaker Porsche has opened an engine facility at its main site at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen in Germany that will use the latest production and line-side logistics technology. It represents a further investment in the plant of €80m ($89m). Porsche has invested more than €300m so far in the site. The 10,000 sq.m facility, which is divided …

  • Russia conference: Turkish exports still struggling to find their way into Russia

    July 4, 2016

    Sanctions on Turkish imports imposed by Russia last year have eased, but difficulties still remain for those seeking to move goods across the border, delegates at last week’s Automotive Logistics Russia conference were told. Despite some longstanding trade agreements, tensions replaced ties late last year as two Turkish F-16 fighters shot down a Russian Su-24M …