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Adhesives Aid Body-in-White Assembly at VW

By Jim Camillo
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Although a global leader in mechanical and plant engineering, Dürr AG isn’t one to rest on its laurels. So in 2010 it acquired two adhesive technology companies (Rickert and Kleinmichel) to increase Dürr’s expertise in automotive body-in-white gluing technology.


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Automotive head-up displays reduce driver distractions

By Austin Weber
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The auto industry has a long history of borrowing ideas from the aerospace sector, ranging from aerodynamic styling to lightweight materials. The latest adoption is head-up display (HUD) technology, which was originally developed for fighter jets.


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Automotive Tech Consortium Debuts New OS

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DETROIT—The Open Automotive Alliance, a consortium of automotive OEMs and technology providers like Google, has launched a new, automotive-specific operating system—Android Auto.


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Volvo Trucks to Invest $69 Million in Virginia Assembly Plant

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DUBLIN, VA—Volvo Trucks North America says it will invest $69 million in improvements at its New River Valley plant in Dublin.


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Assembler Sues Toyota After Being Fired for Drug Use

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BUFFALO, WV—A former employee at the Toyota assembly plant here is accusing the company of wrongly firing her for seeking medical leave to address her methamphetamine problem.


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Lean Guru Rethinks Mass Production

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DETROIT—It’s a basic tenet of mass production: Making things in batches is the most efficient way to manufacture anything. So why, then, is lean manufacturing evangelist Ted Duclos arguing that America can revitalize its manufacturing base by making things one at a time?


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WARREN, MI—Chrysler Group will invest $63 million to expand production capacity at its stamping plant here.


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Sun Helps Power Cooper Mini Assembly Plant

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OXFORD, UK—BMW has installed 11,500 solar panels on the roof its Mini assembly plant here. The panels will generate enough electricity to power 850 UK households.


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GM Names New VP of North American Manufacturing

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DETROIT—General Motors has appointed Cathy Clegg, a 31-year veteran of the company, to take over as vice president of North American manufacturing as it focuses on improving the production launches of new vehicles in the wake of a record number of recalls.


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Avatars Do Heavy Lifting at Ford Assembly Plant

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DEARBORN, MI—Engineers at Ford Motor Co. have created virtual representations of employees— called “avatars”—to assess whether articulating arms and other ergonomic aids could help with assembly.


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