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VW and Digital Deception: A Warning to All Smart Product Makers

Volkswagen’s confession that it cheated regulatory authorities by embedding ‘defeat device’ software into 11 million diesel-powered vehicles to falsify the results of official emissions tests, raises serious issues about the need for greater vigilance by …
Martin Winterkorn’s plans for the next few months are going to be very different than he expected. The former CEO of Germany’s Volkswagen, the world’s largest carmaker in 2014… http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/blog/vw-and-digital-deception-warning-all-smart-product-makers/

The Future of Manufacturing at Toyota Takes Shape

Toyota has announced plans to invest $1 billion to build a new manufacturing plant in Central Mexico and to shift production at several of its other North American plants, all part of the automotive giant’s plans to reengineer its global manufacturing sys…
Toyota has announced plans to invest $1 billion to build a new manufacturing plant in Central Mexico and to shift production at several of its other North American plants, all par… http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/blog/future-manufacturing-toyota-takes-shape/

Vehicle Recalls: Does Anybody Care?

In one sense, this has been a tough year for General Motors and its new chief executive Mary T. Barra. Since the start of this year, the auto maker has been buffeted by a car safety and recall crisis that has claimed the lives of at least 13 people and ha…
In one sense, this has been a tough year for General Motors and its new chief executive Mary T. Barra. Since the start of this year, the auto maker has been buffeted by a car safe… http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/blog/vehicle-recalls-does-anybody-care/

Tesla Plans New ‘Gigafactory’ To Supply Batteries for Half a Million Cars A Year

Innovative California-based carmaker Tesla Motors aims to build a massive new 1000-acre factory to secure the supply of lithium-ion batteries for the future of its electric vehicles.
Popular Discussions Innovative California-based carmaker Tesla Motors aims to build a massive new factory, covering up to 1000-acres, to secure the supply of lithium-ion ba… http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/discussion/tesla-plans-new-gigafactory-supply-batteries-half-million-cars-year/

VirTex Doubles Its Size Through Acquisition

Buoyed by its first acquisition in more than a decade, electronics manufacturer VirTex Enterprises is expecting double-digit growth in 2014.
Popular Discussions Buoyed by its first acquisition in more than a decade, electronics manufacturer VirTex Enterprises is expecting double-digit growth in 2014. VirTex, an Au… http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/discussion/virtex-doubles-its-size-through-acquisition/

GM Boosts U.S. Manufacturing Investment; Shuts Down in Australia

GM has announced plans to invest $1.3 billion in five of its Midwest U.S. production plants, bringing its total U.S. factory investment to $10.1 billion since 2009. But the company will also close its Australian Holden unit, the country's largest carmaker…
Popular Discussions When General Motors’ new CEO Mary Barra takes over the leadership reins from Dan Akerson on January 15 next year, she will inherit a company with a ren… http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/discussion/gm-boosts-us-manufacturing-investment-shuts-down-australia/

Car Makers Shift to Post-Recession Manufacturing Strategies

With unemployment numbers continuing their long, very slow descent, manufacturing output numbers rising, and real estate markets surging, it’s easy to forget the dark economic days of 2008 when the Great Recession was strengthening its grip and there was …
With unemployment numbers continuing their long, very slow descent, manufacturing output numbers rising, and real estate markets surging, it’s easy to forget the dark econom… http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/blog/car-makers-shift-post-recession-manufacturing-strategies/

Auto Makers To Launch 100 High-Tech, City-Centre Digital Showrooms by 2016: Frost & Sullivan

Buying a car may never be the same again – especially if you live in one of the world’s major cities. Global researchers Frost & Sullivan now predict there will be 100 manufacturer-owned, digitally-enhanced, city-center auto showrooms by 2016.
Popular Discussions Buying a car may never be the same again – especially if you live in one of the world’s major cities. Global researchers Frost & Sullivan now… http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/discussion/auto-makers-launch-100-high-tech-city-centre-digital-showrooms-2016-frost-sullivan/

Is This How Reshoring Will Happen?

Leveling labor cost isn’t the only driver of reshoring. In the end, in fact, it won’t be the most important driver. What will be a much more powerful driver for reshoring will be the need for manufacturers to innovate and produce their products closer to …
Mercedes-Benz is investing $70 million in a new parts consolidation center at its Tuscaloosa County, Alabama assembly plant. Ford’s Cleveland, OH, engine plant is getting … http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/blog/how-reshoring-will-happen/

Sinking Euro Exposes Pharma, Auto, and other Manufacturers

The European Central Bank's recent, ambiguous pledge to support the Euro notwithstanding,the likelihood remains high that European currency will continue to lose value in global markets, and that depreciation will threaten several key US manufacturing sec…
The European Central Bank's recent, ambiguous pledge to support the Euro notwithstanding,the likelihood remains high that European currency will continue to lose value in global m… http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/discussion/sinking-euro-exposes-pharma-auto-and-other-manufacturers/

Manufacturing Complexity: Does BMW’s Mini Problem Raise Bigger Questions?

First Toyota, then Honda, India’s Tata Nano, Ford SUVs and vans, even high-end Ferrari sports cars – and now 235,000 BMW Minis are being recalled worldwide due to quality and safety problems with some of the top of the range Mini Cooper vehicles. The las…
First Toyota, then Honda, India’s Tata Nano, Ford SUVs and vans, even high-end Ferrari sports cars – and now 235,000 BMW Minis are being recalled worldwide due to qual… http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturing-complexity-does-bmws-mini-problem-raise-bigger/

McLaren Premiers Flexible, Eco-Friendly Factory of the Future

UK high performance car maker McLaren, best known for its racing heritage, is aiming for a bigger slice of the global sports car business with a new $79 million, 32,000 square meter, state of the art production facility. Opened today, the new production p…
UK high performance car maker McLaren, best known for its racing heritage, is aiming for a bigger slice of the global sports car business with a new $79 million, 32,000 square met… http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/discussion/mclaren-premiers-flexible-eco-friendly-factory-future/

Can New Import Tax Protect Brazil’s Local Auto Makers?

The Brazilian government announced last week that it intends to slap an additional tax on imported vehicles to help protect the development of its local auto industry and encourage foreign makers to set up plants there.
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/discussion/can-new-import-tax-protect-brazils-local-auto-makers/

Cluster Theory

Back in the late 1990s, Harvard professor and author Michael E. Porter started advocating the value of what he called clusters, geographic collections of companies in complementary industries and supporting educational institutions and government agencies…
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/discussion/cluster-theory/

Can Auto Sector Buffer Mexican Manufacturing?

Mexico's manufacturing sector is showing signs of significant slowdown due to economic uncertainty and weakening growth in its main trading partner across the border, the US. But its auto sector is still enjoying exceptional growth and looking forward to …
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/discussion/can-auto-sector-buffer-mexican-manufacturing/

BMW To Build More Cars Than Ever in 2011

One look at BMW’s plans for the year ahead confirms the slump in global auto sales may well be a thing of the past, at least for the German high-end car-maker.
One look at BMW’s plans for the year ahead confirms the slump in global auto sales may well be a thing of the past, at least for the German high-end car-maker. At its lat… http://www.gil-evevnts.gilcommunity.com/discussion/bmw-build-more-cars-ever-2011/

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