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Mexico Passing Brazil as Top Latin American Carmaker

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MEXICO CITY—Mexico is poised to overtake Brazil as the top Latin American automobile producer for the first time in more than a decade, as surging exports to the United States spur factory openings and record output.


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Supplier Strikes Stop Production at GM’s South African Assembly Plant

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PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa—GM has suspended production at its assembly plant here due to strikes at component suppliers.


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Harley Debuts Electric Motorcycle

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MILWAUKEE—Harley-Davidson has introduced its first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, this month. The company is taking several dozen riders on a 30-city tour to test drive the bikes and provide feedback.


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China Firm Plans $120 Million Auto R&D Center in Michigan

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PLYMOUTH, MI—Chinese-backed developer Third Wave Group plans to open an automotive research and development center here.


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Dispensing for Automotive Applications

Automakers have myriad options for dispensing adhesives, sealants, oils and coatings.
By Claude Bergeron
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Automotive manufacturers are using more adhesives, sealants, oils, and coatings than ever before. For example, today’s vehicles typically contain as much as 40 pounds of adhesive.


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Wire Harness Recycling

Toyota has developed a new technology for recycling the copper contained automotive harnesses.
By John Sprovieri
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By some estimates, approximately 40 years’ worth of mineable copper resources remains worldwide. At the same time, global consumption is growing, driven particularly by infrastructure-related demand for wiring in emerging markets.


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Oakland University Focuses on Fastening and Joining Research

By Austin Weber
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Oakland University is located a few minutes away from Chrysler’s corporate headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI. So, it’s appropriate that the school is home to the Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI), the only facility of its kind in the world.


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Daimler, Nissan to Built $1.36 Billion Assembly Plant in Mexico

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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico—Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance have agreed to jointly build a new assembly plant here. The two companies will equally divide the $1.36 billion cost of building the facility, which is expected to employ 5,700 workers and be able to produce 300,000 vehicles annually.


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BMW to Build Assembly Plant in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY—BMW will unveil plans this week to build a new assembly plant in Mexico, as the company seeks to meet growing demand for premium cars.


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Robotic Assembly of Automotive Wire Harnesses

New research suggests that six-axis robots can be used to install automotive wiring harnesses.
By Xin Yang
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Multi-axis robot arms perform a wide variety of processes in automotive assembly plants, including painting, welding and fastening.


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People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.

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