Every motorist uses rearview mirrors whenever they get behind the wheel. In fact, most people look at them every few seconds as they drive. However, few ever give those ubiquitous devices much thought.
In September, Toyota announced that it will invest $391 million in its truck assembly plant in San Antonio. Hyundai announced that it is investing nearly $300 million in its factory in Montgomery, AL. Brake manufacturer Bendix Spicer began construction on a $65 million expansion of its assembly plant Bowling Green, KY. And, automotive supplier Hirotec Group said it will invest $48 million to build a new assembly plant in Fayetteville, TN.
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.
INGERSOLL, ON—General Motors Co. and labor union Unifor have reached a deal for the automaker to invest nearly C$1 billion ($785.42 million) in its CAMI Assembly Plant here to manufacture commercial electric vans.
LOUISVILLE, KY—Ford Motor Co.’s assembly plant here has been shut down this week because of difficulties getting parts needed to make its vehicles, putting about 3,900 hourly workers temporarily out of work.
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY—Automotive supplier Metalsa is adding 300 new jobs at its assembly plant here to meet increased demand for the company’s signature product: vehicle frames for light- and heavy-weight trucks.
For a long time, autonomous driving seemed like science fiction. Now, it is increasingly becoming a reality. In the next 10 years, driving as we know it will undergo greater changes than in the last 30 years.
Increasingly, manufacturers are learning that artificial intelligence (AI) can provide them with actual benefits. One of those manufacturers is Gestamp Automocion, a global designer and producer of metal components (chassis, bodies and mechanisms) for automobiles.
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.
Fastener Fair USA, North America's fastest-growing exposition for the fastener industry, will hold its third annual trade show and conference in May in Charlotte, NC, a major manufacturing hub. The event for the entire fastener supply chain runs March 23 - 25, 2021 at the Huntington Convention Center. Read More
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