CHATTANOOGA, TN—The American Council of Employees at Volkswagen’s assembly plant here is supporting the automaker’s federal appeal of last year’s election, in which a small group of employees agreed to align with the United Auto Workers.
TOKYO—Toyota Motor Corp. will suspend vehicle production in Japan for six days this month due to a shortage of parts. The shortage stems from a Jan. 8 explosion at an Aichi Steel Corp. manufacturing plant.
DETROIT—Working with robotics manufacturer FANUC, networking giant Cisco, and hardware maker Rockwell Automation, GM has installed a “mother brain” at its Lake Orion assembly plant. The system accepts data flowing to and from robots, conveyors, temperature sensors and other devices and sends that information to a cloud network. That enables plant managers and supplier technicians to monitor assembly technology and prevent mishaps.