Plant Expansion

Latecomers to Mexico face fight for resources

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2016

Automakers and suppliers have been rushing to build plants in Mexico, and now the industry is starting to see some signs of strain from the boom. Plant construction companies are booked up, and labor isn't as readily available as before....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: What Nissan learned from Mercedes for Infiniti Q30 production

6:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Nissan made some costly changes to build the Infiniti Q30 and QX30 compact cars at its UK factory. The models, which are based on Mercedes's architecture, are the first premium vehicles to be built there....
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Continental invests 250 million euros to expand China tire plant

Nov. 25, 2015 11:28 CET

Continental has started expanding its tire plant in China with an investment of 1.7 billion yuan (250 million euros) in a bid to boost annual output by 40 percent at the factory by 2017....
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Jaguar Land Rover will double size of UK engine plant

Nov. 24, 2015 14:16 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will spend 450 million pounds ($680 million) to double the size of its engine plant in central England, taking total spending to 1 billion pounds on the plant, which opened last year to make four-cylinder diesels....
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Audi will invest 104 million euros in Hungary plant, report says

Oct. 19, 2015 12:16 CET

Audi will invest 104 million euros in its factory in Hungary, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told the country's national news agency. The investment will boost jobs at the plant, which builds the A3 and the TT....
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The man charged with meeting Nissan's profit-margin goal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2015

Trevor Mann, Nissan's chief performance officer and a self-declared efficiency fanatic, has the automaker within striking distance of its goal of an 8 percent operating-profit margin by spring 2017....
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Steelmakers prep Ala. plant to battle aluminum

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A joint venture plant in Alabama, AM/NS Calvert, is preparing to produce the latest generation of ultra high-strength steel for the North American automobile industry....
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Porsche will spend 1.1 billion euros to upgrade plants

July 15, 2015 12:22 CET

Porsche will spend 1.1 billion euros ($1.21 billion) through 2020 to upgrade its main production and research sites in Germany....
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How Mexico could color UAW talks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

When the UAW and Detroit automakers open contract talks next month, Mexico will be hovering over the proceedings and influence the outcome....
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GM returns Camaro output to U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors' $175 million investment in new tooling and equipment for its Grand River plant in Lansing, Mich., helps pave the way for U.S. production of the Chevrolet Camaro for the first time since 1992....
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GUEST BLOG - DARON GIFFORD

BLOG: How suppliers can seize new opportunities in Mexico

10:10 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

Major automakers from around the globe are establishing or expanding operations in Mexico, and that means new challenges -- and opportunities -- for automotive suppliers....
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Daimler boosts German plant investment as it adds two new models

May 22, 2015 15:10 CET

Daimler plans to invest 750 million euros ($834 million) to modernize its Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, Germany, in preparation to build two new models....
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Supplier Sakthi bets on hiring ex-felons

9:17 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Sakthi Automotive Group USA, in the nascent stages of a massive expansion project on the Detroit waterfront, is betting big on a nontraditional sort of workforce: convicted felons....
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Aluminum castings supplier Sakthi plans $31.9 million expansion in Detroit

1:09 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Aluminum castings supplier Sakthi Automotive Group USA is planning a $31.9 million expansion of its plant in Detroit....
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GM to spend $5.4 billion on U.S. plant upgrades over 3 years

10:30 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

GM will invest $5.4 billion in upgrades to its U.S. manufacturing plants over the next three years, creating 650 new jobs. GM detailed only $783 million of the spending, including $520 million for new tooling and equipment at its Delta Township assembly plant in Lansing, Mich....
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Supplier ThyssenKrupp plans to invest $869 million in N.A. by 2020

11:39 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

German industrial group ThyssenKrupp plans to invest more than 800 million euros ($869 million) in North America by 2020 to take advantage of increased auto production....
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EDITORIAL

Toyota's Mexico move

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Production capacity is shifting rapidly to Mexico. Last week, Toyota was the latest automaker to announce plans to build or expand a plant there....
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VW to build awd vehicles in Puebla

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Volkswagen will outfit its Puebla, Mexico, plant to build all-wheel-drive vehicles, according to a company source....
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VW's request to add to Chattanooga expansion approved

8:04 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

Volkswagen AG won approval from a Chattanooga government panel to add another 130,000 square feet to its $900 million factory expansion there, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported....
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Nissan's on-site suppliers free to serve competitors

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In hopes of wooing more Midwestern parts makers to its side in Tennessee, Nissan says it will allow them to supply other automakers from under the roof Nissan will put over their heads....
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Audi sees lower profitability as it invests to boost sales

March 10, 2015 12:31 CET

Audi is targeting another year of record car sales in 2015, but said profitability could slip further amid spending on technology, foreign expansion and plans to increase its model range to 60 vehicles by 2020....
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S.C. testing center plans expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The International Transportation Innovation Center in Greenville, S.C., is expanding in hopes of attracting work on advanced technology such as wireless charging, automatic parking and zero-emission vehicles....
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Ford tops GM in U.S. factory jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015

For the first time since at least the 1930s, Ford employs more U.S. factory workers than its larger rival, General Motors. Ford, after cutting its hourly work force by more than half from 2005 through 2011, has been on a hiring binge. It has added an average of 10 union jobs a day since 2011, company figures show, easily beating a target of 12,000 new jobs in that period....
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