Plant Openings

VW boosts dual-clutch output in China

Nov. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
VW has boosted production of its dual-clutch transmission at a second plant in China. The plant, in the northern city of Tianjin, will build up to 450,000 units of VW's so-called DSG gearbox annually, with output rising to 1.2 million units by 2016, VW said....
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Renault taps into growing North African market with new Algeria plant

Nov. 10, 2014 12:04 CET
Renault today opened a new factory in Algeria. The company sees growth potential in the country where the ownership rate is 100 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants, compared with 500 in western Europe....
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Jaguar Land Rover opens $750 million engine plant

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover moved another step closer today to gaining greater control of its destiny with the opening of its $750 million engine plant near Wolverhampton in the U.K....
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Cadillac full speed ahead in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014
Despite slowing sales growth in China, General Motors is doubling down on the country with a bold expansion plan that could make it Cadillac's biggest market within six years. The investment blitz channels $14 billion into China, the world's biggest car market, from 2014 through 2018 to open five new factories....
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PSA-Dongfeng JV breaks ground for 4th China plant

Oct. 21, 2014 11:08 CET
PSA's joint venture with Dongfeng began construction of its fourth Chinese assembly plant. The factory will launch production in 2016 and will build up to 360,000 vehicles a year....
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Great Wall breaks ground for Russian plant

Aug. 30, 2014 06:01 CET
China's Great Wall has started construction of a 3.2 billion yuan ($520.7 million) assembly plant in Russia. The factory will be the first full-scale assembly plant run by a Chinese automaker in Russia....
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M-B, Infiniti engines get global input

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
To source fuel-efficient engines for their new small, premium cars, competitors Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti joined forces to create the Infiniti Powertrain Plant. Its an engine plant that is a little bit German, a little bit Japanese, a little bit American and very much global....
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Brakes supplier Brembo to build new U.S. plant

July 23, 2014 12:05 CET
Italian brakes manufacturer Brembo will build a new foundry in Michigan to expand its manufacturing capability in the United States, betting on the continued strength of the country's automotive sector....
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VW to invest 2 billion euros to build new China plants

July 7, 2014 10:50 CET
VW says it will invest 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) to construct two new vehicle plants in China. The move is part of a wider plan by the carmaker to invest 18.2 billion euros in its No. 1 market through 2018....
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PSA-Dongfeng's fourth China plant receives approval

July 2, 2014 11:38 CET
PSA has signed an agreement with Chinese authorities to build a fourth factory with partner Dongfeng. The new plant will boost the venture's annual production capacity in China to 1 million units when it begins output in 2016, PSA said....
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SKF opens China bearings plant, tech center

June 26, 2014 06:01 CET
Swedish supplier SKF has opened a new bearings factory and r&d campus in the Jiading district of Shanghai in China....
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BMW will decide on location of 2nd N.A. factory before summer break, CEO says

June 25, 2014 13:11 CET
BMW is still deliberating on where to locate a new factory in North America but will reach a decision before the summer break, CEO Norbert Reithofer said....
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Valeo opens starter plant in China

June 13, 2014 10:10 CET
French supplier Valeo has opened a starter plant in Shanghai, China, IHS Automotive reported in its weekly supplier newsletter....
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IAC opens Asia headquarters in Shanghai

June 11, 2014 13:20 CET
Luxembourg's International Automotive Components has opened a headquarters and technical center in Shanghai, China, to oversee the activities of 20 plants and six r&d centers throughout Asia....
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Osram opens LED plant in China

June 3, 2014 09:47 CET
German supplier Osram has opened a plant in Wuxi, eastern China, to package LEDs in housings for automotive customers....
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A WARNING IN WINDSOR

Canada losing 'civil war' for auto jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Chrysler Group shocked many Canadians when it abandoned potential government help to overhaul its assembly plants in Windsor, Ontario. Chrysler will stay, for now anyway, but CEO Sergio Marchionne's dire warnings about Ontario's "competitiveness" left many questioning the long-term fate of building vehicles in Canada....
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Hyundai mulls 4th China plant to meet demand

March 26, 2014 12:07 CET
Hyundai is considering building a fourth car plant in China to meet demand after the carmaker sold more than 1 million vehicles in the country last year for the first time....
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Volkswagen restructures production; new Polish factory to open in 2016

March 18, 2014 14:33 CET
Volkswagen is shuffling its European production, adding a new van plant in Poland and rearranging output of the VW Tiguan, Porsche Panamera and Porsche Cayenne models....
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Japanese automakers march into Mexico, set up export base

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
When three-tiered car haulers packed with Mazda3s pulled out of the dusty rail yard in Mexico last month, they represented the latest volley in a south-of-the-border blitz by Japanese automakers....
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Mazda's challenges in crucial Mexico plant ramp-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Some of the biggest challenges for Mazda Motor Corp.'s first factory in Mexico came from the smallest details. Consider the tiny metal brackets used to secure wire harnesses....
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Autoliv preps new China airbag plant to supply Great Wall

Feb. 25, 2014 10:34 CET
Autoliv will start building an airbag plant in the second half of this year in the north China city of Baoding, where Great Wall Motor Co. is headquartered. The plant will make airbags mainly for Great Wall's Haval SUVs....
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Jaguar Land Rover pushes back China production to 2015

Feb. 5, 2014 10:30 CET
Jaguar Land Rover output at the company's Chinese venture with Chery Automobile will begin next year, later than initially expected, because of delays getting machinery and equipment....
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TRW will add Romania plant on airbag demand

Jan. 20, 2014 06:01 CET
TRW will open a new airbag sewing factory in Romania to meet anticipated growth in demand for airbag cushions over the next five years....
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