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Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

US auto sales expected to fall at least 15% this year due to the coronavirus

March 25, 2020

Via: CNBC

U.S. auto sales are expected to fall at least 15% this year as the country implements more aggressive restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, threatening an already-stressed autos industry, according to new research from IHS Markit. The COVID-19 […]


Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

Aston Martin to temporarily shut UK plants

March 24, 2020

Via: Automotive News

Aston Martin said it will suspend production at its U.K. manufacturing facilities starting Wednesday until April 20 to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The luxury automaker operates two plants in the UK. Its Gaydon plant in central England builds sports […]


Industry Focus Areas, Medical, Process, Production

Ford partners with GE, 3M to begin manufacturing protective equipment, ventilators

March 24, 2020

Via: CNBC

Ford announced Tuesday it will partner with 3M and GE Healthcare to begin producing face masks and ventilators to help fill potential shortages caused by the coronavirus. Ford will work with 3M to manufacture a newly designed respirator and boost […]


Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

Toyota to idle 5 Japan assembly plants as global demand slumps

March 23, 2020

Via: Automotive News

Toyota Motor Corp., moving to adjust output amid slumping demand undercut by the global coronavirus crisis, is suspending production at five plants in Japan beginning April 3, with plans to curb exports of the Toyota Prius and 4Runner SUV in […]


Process, R & D

DHL: top four manufacturing transformations by 2025

March 23, 2020

Via: Manufacturing Global

Intelligent manufacturing With the ways in which manufacturing and engineering companies are producing and operating changing, in terms of product life cycle, customer demand and increased product variety, production processes are needing to become more intelligent. With technology evolving at […]


Industry Focus Areas, Medical, Regulations

Pelosi calls on Trump to speed production of critical medical equipment

March 19, 2020

Via: Reuters

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called on President Donald Trump to speed up mass production of medical and protective equipment using the Defense Production Act, citing shortages in the country. “Right now, shortages of critical medical and personal […]


Process, R & D

Investing in Industry 4.0? Successful Digitization Requires Discipline

March 17, 2020

Via: Manufacturing Tomorrow

In September 2018, The Guardian asked, “Do Robots dream of Prada?” The article discussed the arrival of artificial intelligence and other recent technological innovations in the fashion world. In the last five years, questions of the same nature have been […]


Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle, Process, Production

Volkswagen to suspend production in Europe, warns of ‘very difficult’ year

March 17, 2020

Via: CNBC

German carmaker Volkswagen has announced it is preparing to temporarily shut down most of its European plants in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Chief Executive Herbert Diess said the company would shut down production […]


Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

Virus lockdowns hit European auto production

March 16, 2020

Via: Automotive News

The coronavirus emergency is disrupting Europe’s automotive industry, forcing plants to close or reduce production. Here is an overview of how production is being affected in key auto-producing countries. Italy Fiat Chrysler is halting production through March 27 at its […]


Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle, Process, Production

Fiat Chrysler ends production at majority of European plants due to coronavirus

March 16, 2020

Via: CNBC

Fiat Chrysler is ending production at the majority of its European plants through March 27 due to the coronavirus, the company said Monday. The plans come less than a week after the Italian-American automaker announced it would “intensify measures” against […]