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Mobility

Valeo Whets Appetite for Robo Deliveries

Integrates current technologies into concept with Chinese partner

Sales

Vietnam Carmaker Takes Aim at U.S.

Vietnam’s first local carmaker, 2-year-old VinFast, aims to do something no Chinese OEM has yet accomplished: launch sales in the U.S.

Interiors & Electronics

Former BorgWarner Exec Joins ZF Board

ZF Friedrichshafen AG has appointed Martin Fischer to its management board to oversee safety systems, electronics and advanced driver assist systems in the Americas.

Business

CEOs Say Shareholder Value Isn’t Everything

Publicly trade companies have a duty to do much more than deliver hefty dividends to shareholders, says the Business Roundtable.

Business

Austria’s AMS Offers €3.7 Billion to Buy Osram

AMS AG, an Austrian maker of high-tech sensors, has upped its bid for Osram Light AG to €3.7 billion ($4.2 billion).

Quality

Hamburg to Test Autonomous Shuttle Bus

The Hamburg Electric Autonomous Transportation (HEAT) coalition plans to begin testing a self-driving shuttle bus on public streets in August.

Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Buys Siemens Electric Aircraft Business

Aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce Holdings plc has agreed to buy Siemens AG’s eAicraft unit, which is developing electric propulsion systems for air taxis and mid-range jets.

Vietnam Launches Its First Domestic Car

Vietnam’s Vingroup conglomerate has begun production of the country’s first domestically produced auto brand, VinFast.

Design

Flexible Turning

Lathe maker Index designs to get more types of operations out of each machine.

Additive Manufacturing

The Fourth Dimension in Additive Manufacturing

A new software suite for 3D printing analyzes, repairs, and prepares 3D models using the native file formats of a variety of CAD systems, saving the conversion to STL for last.

Production

HP Launches Industrial Grade 3D Printer

“Siemens and HP are thinking ahead to the future and are bringing together the best from both companies in a complete, industry-specific solution that will accelerate the adoption of industrial additive manufacturing and help our customers to increase flexibility, efficiency, and speed of digital manufacturing.”

Design

Does Computer Simulation Totally Replace Physical Prototypes in Product Development?

The reports of the death of physical models are greatly exaggerated. Digital artifacts and simulation do not replace physical models in all cases.

Production

Rallying for Safety; Plug-and-Play Wheelsets; Testable 3D; Self-healing Brakes

Rallying for Safety; Plug-and-Play Wheelsets; Testable 3D; Self-healing Brakes

Materials & Lightweighting

Partners Unveil Prototype 3D-Printed Aluminum Spaceframe

A team led by EDAG Engineering GmbH and Siemens AG have developed a prototype spaceframe with 3D-printed aluminum components.

Production

Artificial Intelligence Advances into Production

Adopting new technology in design and manufacturing is usually a series of baby steps. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are no different.

Internet of Things

VW Connects with Amazon and Siemens on Manufacturing

Amazon is increasing its penetration into the auto industry not just through things like Alexa and its multi-million-dollar investment in EV developer Rivian, but also with its Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will be used for its “Volkswagen Industrial Cloud,” which will combine the data from all of the machinery and equipment in the company’s 122 facilities. 

Production

BMW, Microsoft Team on Digital Manufacturing Platform

BMW AG and Microsoft Inc. plan to develop a digital platform for “smart” factories.

Intelligent Transportation

Siemens Joins VW/Amazon Industrial Cloud

Siemens AG will be the integration partner for the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud platform the carmaker is developing with Amazon Web Services.

Additive Manufacturing

Take a Look at Additive Manufacturing

Giving the growing increase in interest in additive manufacturing in the auto industry, our sibling publication Additive Manufacturing held a conference dedicated to that subject at the 2019 North American International Auto Show.

Propulsion

AVL Appoints New Head of Powertrain Engineering

Engineering specialist AVL List GmbH has named Stephan Tarnutzer president of its Powertrain Engineering division in Plymouth, Mich.

Production

Valeo Sales Up, Profits Down in “Challenging” Year

Acquisitions helped boost revenue for Valeo SA in 2018. But earnings plunged because of slow sales growth in China and emission-test disruptions to production in Europe.

Automation/Robotics

Robot Control from a Machine-tool CNC

One of the challenges of integrating robots and machine tools is that each has its own control system.

Mobility

Desay to Open Autonomous-Vehicle Test Center in Singapore

China’s Desay SV Automotive Ltd. is opening a research and development center in Singapore that will focus on Level 4/5 autonomous vehicle, connectivity and cybersecurity systems.