Manufacturing


  • Ford started resuming production and operations in the United States today. The company has implemented robust safety and care measures globally to help support a safe and healthy environment for the
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    Automakers accelerate drive for fossil-free steel

    Volvo is leading the industry for steel and aluminum decarbonization. Mercedes, Tesla and Ford follow.

    By S.L. Fuller • July 12, 2024
  • The Stellantis sign outside the company’s North American office in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
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    DOE allocates $1.7B for auto factory conversions

    Eleven shuttered or at-risk facilities in eight states will be converted to support electric vehicle manufacturing.

    By July 12, 2024
  • The 2025 Honda, CR-V eFCEV parking at a hydrogen refilling station with tress in the background.
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    Honda incentivizes new fuel cell CR-V

    The automaker is offering up to $30,000 in hydrogen credits to lease the vehicle, which is the first to use a new fuel cell module co-developed with GM.

    By July 8, 2024
  • Two Employees at the Warren Assembly Plant install the wire harness in the all-new Wagoneer on the assembly line.
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    Stellantis temporarily cuts production at 2 plants amid sales woes

    The automaker is temporarily laying off 1,600 workers in Michigan as vehicle inventories grow.

    By July 3, 2024
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    Manufacturing is ‘stuck’: June PMI

    Caution continues to run through the industry as manufacturers hesitate to spend on labor and production with interest rates still high.

    By Kate Magill • July 2, 2024
  • Long Beach mayor Rex Richardson and Ford Motor executives Doug Field and Alan Clark announcing the new EV development center at a media event..
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    Courtesy of City of Long Beach, California.
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    Ford to develop EVs at new California facility

    The Long Beach campus will open next year and house the automaker’s recently built skunkworks team.

    By June 28, 2024
  • BMW manufacturing operation in South Carolina
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    BMW invests $200M in new US press shop

    The automaker has expanded its operations in Spartanburg, South Carolina, ahead of the launch of the new BMW X3.

    By June 26, 2024
  • A white 20204 Toyota Grand Highlander SUV parked outdoors with the sun setting in the background.
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    Toyota recalls 145,000 SUVs for airbag fault

    The driver's side-curtain airbag of 2024 Grand Highlander and Lexus TX SUVs may not deploy as intended.

    By June 25, 2024
  • An aerial view of Toyota's manufacturing campus in San Antonio, Texas.
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    Toyota plans new drivetrain parts facility in Texas

    The automaker is investing $531 million to add a 500,000-square-foot plant to its San Antonio campus.

    By June 21, 2024
  • The exterior of the Ultium Cells battery factory in Ohio.
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    Ultium Cells workers ratify UAW contract

    The General Motors supplier will pay workers $35 an hour by October 2027 under the ratified deal.

    By June 21, 2024
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    Hino Motors to close Arkansas plant, lay off 1,300 workers

    The Toyota subsidiary plans to close its largest U.S. plant as it exits the auto parts business.

    By Sara Samora • June 20, 2024
  • The black colored interior of a 2002 Ram 1500 pickup showing the dashboard view from the rear seat.
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    Stellantis recalls over 1M vehicles to fix rearview camera fault

    The problem, which potentially impacts over 1 million vehicles, was determined using vehicle manufacturing records.

    By June 18, 2024
  • A worker assembles Volkswagen's ID.3 electric car at a factory in Germany.
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    Trump could roll back Inflation Reduction Act tax credits if reelected

    Volkswagen and Samsung SDI leaders expressed concerns at a conference last week about the stability of the IRA should the administration change.

    By Kate Magill • June 17, 2024
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    Toyota adds production lines with $282M Alabama expansion

    The Huntsville manufacturing facility will add 350 jobs as a part of the investment.

    By June 13, 2024
  • The interior of a 2023 Kia Telluride SUV as viewed from the passenger side showing the seat layout.
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    Courtesy of Kia America, Inc.
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    Kia recalls up to 463K Telluride SUVs for seat motor fire risk

    The automaker’s safety engineers discovered a micro switch misalignment was causing continuous motor operation on some vehicles.

    By June 11, 2024
  • Ultium Cells manufacturing facility in Warren, Ohio.
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    UAW reaches tentative agreement with Ultium Cells’ Ohio facility

    The deal includes increased wages for Lordstown workers, which most will see immediately upon ratification.

    By June 10, 2024
  • New Hyundai cars are displayed on a sales lot in California
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    DOL lawsuit targets Hyundai profits, alleges supplier employed 13-year-old

    In a statement, the automaker said the agency used “an unprecedented legal theory” to hold it accountable for the actions of its suppliers.

    By Ryan Golden • Updated June 3, 2024
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    Former Tesla supply chain leader joins battery startup

    TeraWatt Technology announced Annie Liu as an external director earlier this month.

    By S.L. Fuller • May 30, 2024
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    US trade authorities find labor rights denial at Volkswagen plant in Mexico

    Officials found evidence that workers’ freedom of association and collective bargaining rights were denied following a recent union election.

    By Updated May 30, 2024
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    How manufacturers are reskilling factory workers for AI adoption

    Companies are leveraging the metaverse and augmented reality to train workers to use artificial intelligence for assembly and maintenance tasks.

    By Sakshi Udavant • May 30, 2024
  • A Volkswagen teaser photo showing a silhouette of an electric vehicle.
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    VW to launch a family of entry-level EVs in Europe

    The automaker says its new electric vehicles will set standards in the low-priced segment for technology, design, quality and customer experience.

    By May 29, 2024
  • Mercedes-Benz workers assemble the EQS SUV
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    UAW challenges outcome of Mercedes-Benz vote

    The union claims the automaker interfered with the election by discriminating against Alabama plant workers who supported unionization.

    By May 29, 2024
  • Lithium-rich brine dries in an evaporation pond next to mounds of salt bi-product at a lithium mine in the Atacama Desert on August 24, 2022 in Salar de Atacama, Chile.
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    Battery, critical mineral producers face inventory glut amid slowing EV demand

    While the past year brought an oversupply of battery materials, an International Energy Agency report cautions that such an imbalance won't last.

    By Kate Magill • May 28, 2024
  • The exterior of the Ultium Cells battery cell factory in Warren, Ohio showing parking spaces equipped with electric vehicle chargers.
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    Ultium Cells, Redwood Materials to partner on EV battery recycling

    Tesla supplier Panasonic also plans to use recycled cathode materials from Redwood for its battery factory under construction in Kansas.

    By May 23, 2024
  • BMW Group's headquarters in Munich, Germany
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    BMW imported cars to the US using parts from banned supplier: Senate report

    The automaker shipped at least 8,000 Mini Coopers that used components from a company based in China's Xinjiang region.

    By May 22, 2024