Manufacturing AN

Jobs growth slows at Japanese auto plants in U.S.

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
Japanese automakers and their suppliers added jobs in the United States at a slower pace in 2013 than in 2012, as they continued to expand in Mexico and elsewhere to reduce the impact of currency fluctuations.... Read More »

 

GM will invest $174 million in Lansing stamping operation

1:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
General Motors is investing $174 million in a new stamping line at its Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich.... Read More »

 

Record rainfall in Michigan disrupts Detroit 3 operations

11:38 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Southeast Michigan experienced record rainfall Monday, causing closures or slowdowns at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler plants and tech centers throughout the area.... Read More »

 

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Toyota exec touts supply chain benefits of staff moves to Mich.

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Toyota’s plan to move supplier development and purchasing staffs to its technical center in Ann Arbor will improve suppliers relations, a top executive said today.... Read More »

 

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Jaguar Land Rover grapples with growing demand, tighter supplies

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
After a year of record global sales of 425,000 vehicles in 2013 and a 14 percent increase in the first half of 2014, Jaguar Land Rover is facing a problem it has not seen in decades: Demand is far outstripping supply on some models.... Read More »

 

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Nissan brings suppliers closer to the line

10:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Nissan North America is pulling back from a strategy of buying parts from low-cost countries and is now encouraging suppliers to locate near its assembly plants in the United States instead.... Read More »

 

Toyota cutting the fabled andon cord, symbol of Toyota Way

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Toyota is retiring the fabled “andon cord,” the emergency cable strung above assembly lines that came to symbolize the built-in quality of the Toyota Way and was widely copied through the auto industry and beyond.... Read More »

 

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Center of North American auto industry moves further southwest, IHS says

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The geographic center point of the North American auto industry, which was located in central Illinois in 2000, has now crossed south into Arkansas from Missouri and moving southwest about 14 miles a year. The calculation by consultant IHS Automotive is derived from the production data of North American assembly plants.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Why automakers can't beat up suppliers any more

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Remember the old days when automotive purchasing czars such as General Motors' Inaki Lopez and Ford's Carlos Mazzorin threw their weight around with suppliers? Those days are gone.... Read More »

 

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North American tooling demands growing from foreign automakers

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
As North American production rises, Asian and European automakers are asking their tool-and-die suppliers to set up shop in North America, a consultant says.... Read More »

 

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Imagining the impossible -- a Bimmer pickup?

8:19 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Would any self-respecting BMW enthusiast be caught dead hauling cargo around town in an open-bed 3-Series?... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

JLR still tops when it comes to aluminum

1:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Nobody in the world auto industry makes more aluminum-bodied vehicles than Jaguar Land Rover. Its latest, the Jaguar F-Type sports car, is a global hit, as are the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. All have aluminum bodies.... Read More »

 

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U.S. launches safety inspections of Southern auto suppliers

8:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Alarmed by what it calls higher than normal incidents of injuries and safety lapses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an inspection of auto parts plants across Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. The federal safety agency plans to send field agents to inspect some 2,900 factories -- literally every auto parts plant in those three states.... Read More »

 

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Why auto workers will be wearing their jobs

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
New factory technology is in the pipeline that will turn workers' clothing into data-emitting devices for plant management.... Read More »

 

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GM tries new tools to lure young talent

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
General Motors needs new workers, but young people have the impression that factory work is dull, dingy and monotonous. That partly explains why GM is experimenting with a stream of new tools and innovative factory ideas.... Read More »

 

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Standardized robotic stations can improve quality as lightweight materials gain favor, exec says

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Automakers' rapid embrace of lightweight materials will dramatically increases manufacturing complexity that can be solved with automation and standardization, says Martin Kinsella, director of advanced materials and process technology for Comau.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

How researcher quantifies the value of good supplier relations

10:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
What is it worth for an automaker to have good relations with its suppliers? For Honda and Toyota, quite a lot, according to a study published today by researcher John Henke.... Read More »

 

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American Axle plans tech center in Detroit

11:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
American Axle & Manufacturing plans to build a technical center at its Detroit headquarters to develop prototype components and to test manufacturing lines, CEO David Dauch said today.... Read More »

 

Blast at wheel supplier in China kills at least 69

6:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
China suffered its worst industrial accident in a year on Saturday when an explosion killed at least 69 people and injured more than 120 at a factory that makes wheels for United States carmakers, including General Motors.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Eurofication of Buick lineup continues with … an imported Regal?

1:51 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
The Buick Regal already is the most Euro-looking vehicle in Buick's lineup. In a few years, it might literally be European.... Read More »

 

Tesla's Q2 net loss widens to $62 million as r&d expenses soar

4:39 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Tesla's net loss widened to $61.9 million in the second quarter even though it assembled and delivered record numbers of Model S electric cars. Revenues surged nearly 90 percent.... Read More »

 

Superior’s Q2 net income drops 21%; Ark. plant to close

3:17 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Aluminum wheel supplier Superior Industries International said today that its second-quarter net income tumbled 21 percent from the year-earlier period to $5 million on flat sales of $199 million.... Read More »

 

Tesla, Panasonic agree to team on U.S. gigafactory

7:02 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Tesla Motors and Panasonic have agreed to cooperate on the construction and operation of the American carmaker's so-called gigafactory, its envisioned large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States.... Read More »

 

GM resumes pickup output at Indiana plant

12:53 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Production resumed today at one of GM's three pickup plants after being idled because of an interruption in sheetmetal supplies, the company said.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz violated Alabama workers' organizing rights, judge rules

4:52 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
An administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Mercedes-Benz violated the organizing rights of workers at its Alabama plant by not allowing the distribution of union literature in common areas during off-work hours.... Read More »

 

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