Category Archives: manufacturing

Restructuring Storm Building as Ford Announces Senior Retirements in Treasury, Product Development, Manufacturing

A couple of the exits are noteworthy for signaling that major disruptive actions are about to occur. For example – was Kent responsible for the addled brained idea that Ford would cut its dividend that Ford Family members depend on? Nevertheless, the pressure remains for Ford to cut costs and start once again, yet again on a restructuring plan. to increase shareholder value. Continue reading

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BMW Group Threatens Trump on US Jobs

Buried at the bottom of the release was the following threat clearly aimed in AutoInformed’s view at President “tariff” Trump and his owning trade bluster and politically motivated policies that are threatening US jobs. Continue reading

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FCA and Trade Unions Meet in Turin on Employment

The fate of other FCA plants is murkier given the FCA stated goal of “strong synergies achieved through common application of electrified powertrains and platform sharing” as presented 2018-2022 Business Plan at FCA’s Capital Markets Day last June in Balocco. They are currently operating under capacity without full employment. Continue reading

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Unifor Blasts GM Canada Closings

AutoInformed notes that since its announcement this week, GM now says that the “unallocated” plants in the U.S. will not be closed but rather “idled,” subject to negotiations with the UAW next fall. Unifor says that is a first step in Canada as well. Continue reading

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General Motors Kisses Trump’s Butt

This was after its actions yesterday revealed the weakness if not downright falsity of President Trump’s claim to be creating jobs… “We appreciate the actions this administration has taken on behalf of industry to improve the overall competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.” Continue reading

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General Motors Revises 2015 Strategy to Slash Costs and Streamline Engineering as Market and Competition Toughen

General Motors (NYSE: GM) said this morning that it will accelerate its business plan, building on the strategy it laid out in 2015 that has resulted in lack-luster returns for shareholders. GM is acknowledging what most automakers hold private: the marketplace is moving faster than automakers. Continue reading

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Auto Workers Strike at Hyundai Motors, Kia Motor and GM

Auto workers at Hyundai Motors, Kia Motor, General Motors (GM), shipyard workers at Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine, and auto parts workers at Hyundai Mobis and other major components workers went on strike for four hours or more. Continue reading

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Mazda-Toyota Plant Under Construction in U.S.

The plant will build Toyota’s Corolla, whose all-new 2020 model which will make its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in California, and Mazda’s yet-to-be revealed crossover model. Continue reading

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VW Group Electric Shuffle – Emden, Hanover to build EVs

In the future, electric small cars and sedans from several brands will be built in Emden, while Hanover will specialize in the production of the ID. BUZZ family, in addition to building vehicles with conventional drives. I.D. BUZZ, a VW Microbus like EV, will arrive at dealerships after a compact four-door I.D. model in 2022. Volkswagen is mainly targeting the markets in North America, Europe and China with both the I.D. BUZZ and the I.D. family overall. Continue reading

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Alcoa Escalates Global Attack on Workers

The Alcoa European Works Council (EWC) criticized Alcoa for failing to comply with European information and consultation regulations by not consulting with the EWC in advance and not providing the EWC adequate information. The Netherlands-based EWC has filed a court claim in the Netherlands in order to block the closure and layoff. Continue reading

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Chinese Junk Watch – Black & Decker DR560 Drill/Driver

The side handle sold with the drill can slip or break, leading to a loss of control of the tool, posing an injury hazard . About 641,000 (in addition, about 18,000 were sold in Canada) potentially dangerous drills are in the hands of customers. Black & Decker has received 11 reports of side handles slipping or breaking and one report of a torn rotator cuff injury. Consumers should immediately stop using the drills and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement side handle. Continue reading

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Airbag Recalls on Ford 2010 Fusion, 2010-12 Lincoln MKZ Cars

In a crash requiring deployment of the passenger airbag, a bracket that secures the airbag inflator to the module housing may deform and allow gas that inflates the airbag to leak. Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz Construction for U.S. Battery Factory Underway

The new production site for batteries – along with the new Consolidation Center – is located seven miles from the Mercedes-Benz Cars vehicle production site in Tuscaloosa. The Consolidation Center, also part of a 2017 investment announcement, will consist of three major areas, including the body parts preparation area, the assembly parts preparation area and the empties storage. It is expected to be operational next year in 2019. Continue reading

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Chinese Junk Watch – Brookstone Wireless Speaker Fires

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Brookstone speakers and properly dispose of the lithium-ion battery packs according to state and local regulations. Continue reading

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IndustriALL Renews Global Agreement with German Multinational Parts Supplier Rheinmetall

The new agreement was signed between Rheinmetall and IndustriALL at the company’s headquarters in Dusseldorf on 12 October 2018. The agreement is said to build on worker and trade union protections across the company’s global supply chain. The agreement comes as European automakers and suppliers are threatened by Brexit chaos and President Trumps’ desire to punitively tax imported European vehicles at the US border. Continue reading

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