OEMs

  • SIKA_interior
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    Sika sets up plant in Mexico with integrated logistics

    2018-10-03T16:14:45Z

    German components supplier Sika is opening a manufacturing plant in Querétaro, Mexico to supply acoustic treatments and body structural products to carmakers operating in the country. The new factory includes an integrated logistics centre and will also house the Mexican subsidiary of Faist ChemTec, which makes sound abatement and weight ...

  • P3Horb_graphic
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    P3 to develop warehouse near Mercedes-Benz

    2018-10-03T14:05:33Z

    European logistics property developer P3 is expanding its business in Germany with the acquisition of a 6.5-hectare site in Horb am Neckar, near Stuttgart. P3, which is based in Prague, Czech Republic, plans to build a new 33,900 sq.m warehouse there by the end of 2019. The site is ...

  • Fabian Kirchbauer Photography
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    Emissions test and product recalls hit BMW

    2018-10-03T11:31:06Z

    New emission tests, product recalls and trade wars have forced BMW to warn it anticipates a poorer financial performance this year. The shift to the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) has led to significant supply distortions in several European markets and unexpectedly intense rivalry, the German luxury ...

  • FORD 2018 FOCUS ACTIVE
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    Ford cancels Focus imports to US from China

    2018-09-04T10:12:09Z

    Ford has scrapped plans to export the Focus Active model from China to the US because of tariffs of 25% being imposed by the US government. Exports from China were due to begin next year following plans first announced in 2017 , when the carmaker decided to supply the car ...

  • Trump_portrait_lores
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    US announces tentative deal with Mexico

    2018-08-29T09:56:36Z

    Following a year of renegotiations over the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), the US administration has this week outlined the basics of a new bilateral agreement with Mexico on trade in agriculture and manufactured goods, including finished vehicles and automotive parts. The move follows President Trump’s rejection of the ...

  • Port_Manta3
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    Manta reports huge increase in vehicle traffic

    2018-08-28T11:09:31Z

    The port of Manta, in northern Ecuador, has reported a doubling in the volume of finished vehicles it handled over the first seven months of this year to 42,056 units, compared to 20,691 units in the same period last year. Roberto Salazar, president of Manta Port Terminals (TPM) – the ...

  • Marmaray_Turkey_Bosphorus
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    Standoff between the US and Turkey raises questions for OEMs

    2018-08-22T14:36:37Z

    The collapse in the value of the Turkish lira and the political stand-off between Turkey and the US have some potentially serious consequences for the continued growth of the automotive sector in the country. Car and light van production in Turkey has grown steadily in recent years, to around 1.4-1.5m ...

  • Ford_Ergostation_web
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    Ford uses motion tracking to improve workstations

    2018-08-07T10:21:56Z

    Ford is using motion tracking technology on workers at its Almussafes plant, in Spain, to help it design less physically stressful workstations on the production line. The OEM said the goal was to reduce worker injuries while making the workstations more efficient and improving manufacturing quality. In a pilot project, ...

  • A new associate performs a quality check on a newly-constructed
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    Honda’s Celaya plant out of action until mid-November

    2018-08-04T13:26:18Z

    Damage caused by the flooding of Honda’s car assembly and engine plant in Celaya, Mexico, which happened at the end of June this year, has forced the carmaker to suspend production there until November. The company said that expert teams had completed an investigation of the damage to the ...

  • HalewoodJLR
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    Exports prop up UK car production despite trade uncertainty

    2018-08-01T15:17:31Z

    The number of cars made in the UK fell by 5.5% to 128,799 last month, with domestic demand plummeting by 47.2% to 15,647, according to figures from the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). However, production was bolstered by a 6% rise in exports to 113,152 units, with almost ...