Manufacturing


  • Toyota Alabama manufacturing facility employees
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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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    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
  • A technician works on a lithium-ion battery.
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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
  • Volkswagen's factory in Puebla, Mexico
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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
  • A worker uses digital tools for a factory.
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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
  • A 2024 Subaru Solterra SUV
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    Subaru teams up with Toyota to mitigate EV ‘risks’

    The two automakers will jointly develop four battery electric SUVs by the end of 2026.

    By May 21, 2024
  • A worker assembles a vehicle at Mercedes-Benz's factory in Alabama
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    Mercedes-Benz workers in Alabama vote against joining UAW

    UAW President Shawn Fain said what happens next is up to the workers.

    By May 20, 2024
  • Protesters hold up signs with messages proclaiming "Tariffs are taxes" and "We don't want tariffs" in front of the U.S. Capitol
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    Industry leaders react to tariff hikes on China-made goods

    “Automakers embrace fair competition. We’re not shrinking from it, but China’s EV overcapacity and subsidy issue is real," said Alliance for Automotive Innovation President and CEO John Bozzella.

    By Philip Neuffer • May 17, 2024
  • The Honda 0 Series Saloon electric vehicle concept on stage at a media event at the Consumer Electronic Shows in Las Vegans in January.
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    Inside Honda’s updated multibillion-dollar electrification strategy

    The massive investments will be used to establish a comprehensive electric vehicle value chain.

    By May 16, 2024
  • Stellantis' Saltillo Van Assembly Plant
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    Stellantis’ volumes nearly 100K less in Q1. Here’s where production was cut.

    The automaker expects production of next-generation vehicles to ramp up “significantly” in the second half of 2024.

    By May 15, 2024
  • Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares and Leapmotor CEO Jiangming Zhu pose for a photo on stage at a press conference in China announcing the launch of the new joint venture..
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    Stellantis, Leapmotor JV to launch 2 EV models in Europe this year

    As part of the partnership, Stellantis has exclusive rights to manufacture, export and sell Leapmotor EVs outside of China.

    By May 15, 2024
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    Biden hikes tariffs on China-made EVs, batteries

    The action aims to protect the U.S. market from the rise in Chinese electric vehicle exports, which the U.S. says jumped 70% from 2022 to 2023.

    By Kate Magill , May 14, 2024
  • Two workers inspect a vehicle body on the assembly line at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.
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    Toyota CEO: ‘Next-generation BEVs must change the factories themselves’

    The automaker aims to reconfigure its factories to cut the number of processes in half.

    By May 14, 2024
  • A silver Lucid Gravity electric SUV parked in front of a cantilevered building with blue sky in the background.
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    EV maker Lucid Group shores up its losses with billion-dollar investments

    Lucid has received $6.4 billion from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund since 2018, which has helped support its operations as it works to turn a profit.

    By May 13, 2024
  • A Rivian R1T nears undergoes final assembly at the automaker's plant in Normal, Illinois.
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    Rivian completes plant retooling, a ‘pivotal step’ on path to profitability

    CFO Claire McDonough said the EV maker expects lower variable costs to be the biggest driver of gross profit improvement this year.

    By May 10, 2024
  • The first 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ on display at General Motors' Spring Hill production facility in Tennessee.
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    Automakers get more flexibility as US finalizes EV tax credit rules

    Electric vehicle makers have been racing to shift their supply chains to qualify for the credit. The latest changes give them more time.

    By May 8, 2024
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    UAW Local 869 votes to authorize strike at Stellantis plant

    The union has put the automaker on notice as workers claim it has failed to address health and safety grievances at the Michigan facility.

    By May 7, 2024
  • The Fisker Ocean electric SUV.
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    Fisker names chief restructuring officer

    The ailing company’s board appointed John DiDonato, managing director of Huron Consulting Group, to the role last month as it attempts to stave off bankruptcy.

    By Kalena Thomhave • May 3, 2024