The past year brought blockbuster headlines for U.S. manufacturing. Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn unveiled plans to build a $10 billion assembly plant in Wisconsin that would make liquid-crystal display panels and employ as many as 13,000 people.
One of the top transmission assembly plants in the world is Ford Motor Co.'s Van Dyke facility in Sterling Heights, MI. It's part of a network of Ford factories that mass-produce axles, engines and other power train components used in the company's cars and trucks.
Increasing demand for smart devices and embedded intelligence is driving manufacturers in a variety of industries to invest in new production tools and technologies. Additive manufacturing, advanced sensors, augmented reality, cloud-based computing, collaborative robots and digital twins are just a few of the many trends transforming factory floors today.
LOUISVILLE, KY—Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it will shift 550 jobs from one of its plants here to its nearby Kentucky truck plant to boost production of the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles to meet growing demand for its large SUVs.
It has witnessed the production of some of the most iconic vehicles in history. It's also a veteran of two world wars and the Great Depression. And, it played a pivotal role in American labor history. Ford Motor Co.'s iconic manufacturing complex on the banks of the Rouge River in Dearborn, MI, has seen it all.
Like other manufacturers, machine builders do all they can to optimize the assembly processes in their plants. Industrial technology specialist Rockwell Automation understands this goal, and has developed several products to help companies achieve it.
OPELIKA, AL—Yongsan Automotive, a South Korean manufacturer of automotive interior parts, will invest more than $5.5 million to open a new assembly plant here. The facility is expected to employ 150 people in three years.
Recently, a startup Italian car company called XEV launched a two-seat electric vehicle. When it goes into production at a plant in Jiangsu, China, next month, the LXEV will become the world's first mass-produced printed car.
Remember the nursery rhyme about the old lady who swallows a fly? She swallows a spider to catch the fly, a bird to catch the spider, a cat to catch the bird, and so on, until she finally swallows a horse and dies.
MONTGOMERY, AL—The Alabama Community College System and Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association are offering a joint scholarship to 50 students to pursue a career at one of the state's many car manufacturing plants. Alabama's automotive sector is the 3rd largest in the country and still growing.
DETROIT—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV announced last week that it will invest $4.5 billion in five plants to build new models of Jeeps to compete in the lucrative market for full-size, three-row SUVs currently dominated by rivals General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co.
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.
We know that today our seats need to keep us comfortable and safe but tomorrow we may be expecting it to do a lot more. This compact one day technical conference sets out to position the technological and production challenges of the new frontier of smart, automotive seating; but drills into the real ‘current’ ‘today’ challenges of mass vs comfort vs durability. Read More