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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » VW localises Skoda Kodiaq assembly in Russia

    February 21st 2018 Volkswagen’s division in Russia has started local production of the Skoda Kodiaq SUV at the Gorky plant owned by Russian vehicle-maker Gaz Group in Nizhny Novgorod. Michael Oeljeklaus, head of production and logistics at Škoda Auto, which is owned by VW, said the move was an important step in implementation of the brand’s long-term development […]
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  • Manufacturing trends 

    News » BMW Spartanburg remains top US car exporter

    February 21st 2018 BMW’s Spartanburg vehicle assembly plant in South Carolina remained the largest US automotive exporter by value last year, even though production there decreased. The factory turned out more than 371,280 cars during the year, 9.7% fewer than in 2016  because the X5/X6 assembly hall was shut down for four weeks during the summer and production […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Faurecia to set up third plant in Missouri

    February 21st 2018 French automotive parts maker Faurecia is building a new interiors production factory in Blue Springs, Missouri. Production of door panels and instrument panels is slated to begin later this year, ramping up to full production by the end of 2020. The new US plant will cost more than $60m to establish and create more than […]
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  • Industrial unrest

    News » AMIA calls for government help with blockades

    February 21st 2018 The Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA) has called for the government to intervene after a series of blockades that has left vehicle manufacturers in the country struggling for supplies and halted the movement of some finished vehicles. The blockades, which started in late January, have been carried out by teachers in the state […]
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  • Emissions and environment

    News » ARS Altmann trials gas-powered car carrier

    February 20th 2018 German finished vehicle logistics provider ARS Altmann has taken delivery of its first car carrier powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Iveco Stralis NP truck was handed over in February to the company’s subsidiary AFT H. Altmann Fahrzeugtransporte and is currently being used on an in-house pilot project in southern Germany. The trailer has […]
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  • Market trends

    News » Mexico hits record highs in output and exports

    February 20th 2018 The Mexican automotive sector has enjoyed a spectacular start to 2018, reaching all-time highs in vehicle production and exports during January. According to the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), a total of 303,755 vehicles were produced during the month, over 4% more than in January 2017. Vehicle exports, meanwhile, came to 231,088 during […]
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  • Manufacturing moves

    News » Gestamp plans joint venture plant in Morocco

    February 20th 2018 Spanish automotive parts manufacturer Gestamp has signed a joint venture agreement with Moroccan components manufacturer Tuyauto to set up a factory in the north African country. The companies plan to build the plant in the Kenitra free trade zone, next to the car assembly factory PSA is building there. Other key PSA suppliers will also […]
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  • Skills and training

    News » BMW to train technicians on US military base

    February 20th 2018 BMW of North America will next week become the first premium automotive manufacturer to start training technicians on a US military base, according to partner Universal Technical Institute. The new BMW MSTEP (Military Service Technician Education Program) course on the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California is intended for military personnel about to re-enter civilian […]
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  • Port handling

    News » Autoterminal and Abu Dhabi Ports set up new terminal

    February 20th 2018 Spanish terminal operator Autoterminal, part of the Noatum Maritime Group, has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to set up a joint venture car terminal at Khalifa port. The joint venture will be called Autoterminal Khalifa Port and will handle vehicle imports and transhipments. In addition to standard […]
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  • Spare parts

    News » Porsche turns to 3D printing

    February 16th 2018 The division of German luxury car manufacturer Porsche dedicated to classic vehicles has started using 3D printers to produce rare parts that are only required in small quantities. With the Porsche Classic range consisting of around 52,000 parts, the potential for saving storage space and cost is huge, stated the OEM. “The components can be […]
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