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Automakers plan gradual resumption of China output

10 February 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Automakers plan gradual resumption of China output Graeme Roberts Some carmakers were likely to have restarted output at China factories after shutting temporarily due to the coronavirus, media repor... read more


BMW contracts Ganfeng for lithium

13 December 2019 | Dave Leggett

BMW contracts Ganfeng for lithium Dave Leggett BMW Group says it is deepening its existing business relationship with Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. based in Jiangxi (China). The two companies have s... read more


BMW selects Dürr for China/Hungary paint shops

11 December 2019 | Simon Warburton

BMW selects Dürr for China/Hungary paint shops Simon Warburton Dürr is building a new paint shop and extending an existing painting system in Shenyang, China for BMW, with the automaker also wor... read more


BMW, Draexlmaier, open Thai PHEV battery assembly plant

11 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

BMW, Draexlmaier, open Thai PHEV battery assembly plant Graeme Roberts BMW Group Thailand has officially opened a high voltage battery factory in partnership with the Draexlmaier Group, a supplier&... read more


BMW Group Thailand to begin high-voltage battery production from 2019

30 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW Group Thailand to begin high-voltage battery production from 2019 Dave Leggett BMW Group Thailand is to start local high voltage battery production – which comprises production of the batte... read more


BMW taking controlling stake in Chinese joint venture

11 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW taking controlling stake in Chinese joint venture Graeme Roberts BMW Group is to increase its stake in its Chinese joint venture, BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA), to a controlling 75% from t... read more


BMW Brilliance expands China battery factory

29 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

BMW Brilliance expands China battery factory Simon Warburton BMW Brilliance Automotive's (BBA) joint venture is expanding its Chinese battery factory. With the High-Voltage Battery Centre Phase ... read more


Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles

11 May 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles Fernando Calmon In March 2003 Brazil's auto industry began producing flexible-fuel cars powered by engines capable of running either on ethanol or pe... read more


BMW opens new engine plant in Malaysia

4 May 2018 | Staff reporter

BMW opens new engine plant in Malaysia Staff reporter BMW and its local partner Sime Darby Motor opened a new engine assembly plant in Malaysia this week to cater for growing regional demand for its ... read more


Magna opens new body and chassis plant in Mexico

20 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Magna opens new body and chassis plant in Mexico Graeme Roberts Global supplier Magna has opened a new body and chassis manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The 189,000 sq ft facto... read more


BMW to make EV batteries in Thailand

7 March 2018 | Staff reporter

BMW to make EV batteries in Thailand Staff reporter BMW plans to spend THB400m (US$13m) to produce batteries for plug in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, starting next year.  This followed... read more


Toyota confirms Brazil engine production expansion

24 January 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Toyota confirms Brazil engine production expansion Fernando Calmon Starting in the second half of 2019, Toyota Brazil will add Corolla engine production at its Porto Feliz plant, in São Paulo ... read more


Chinese-German-Romanian JV bringing more trim production to Romania

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese-German-Romanian JV bringing more trim production to Romania Graeme Roberts Chinese automotive company Ningbo HuaXiang Electronic and Hib Rolem Trim, a German-Romanian automotive producer, hav... read more


Opening ceremony for Benteler Shenyang plant

20 June 2016 | Simon Warburton

Opening ceremony for Benteler Shenyang plant Simon Warburton Benteler Automotive has hosted an opening ceremony for its new production plant, located in Shenyang, China. The Shenyang site&n... read more


CHINA: Leoni opens fifth wiring systems plant in Tieling

14 August 2015 | Dave Leggett

CHINA: Leoni opens fifth wiring systems plant in Tieling Dave Leggett Leoni has opened its fifth wiring systems factory China on 12 August. The facility located in Tieling, northern China will develo... read more


CHINA: Brilliance expects net income to fall

14 July 2015 | Graeme Roberts

CHINA: Brilliance expects net income to fall Graeme Roberts Brilliance China Automotive - BMW's local manufacturing and sales partner - expects its net income to decline by around 40% in the first ha... read more


POLAND: Nexteer forecasts EPS growth for small cars

24 June 2015 | Dave Leggett

POLAND: Nexteer forecasts EPS growth for small cars Dave Leggett Steering systems supplier Nexteer has said that its Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems are in higher demand as its customers seek e... read more


CHINA: Ficosa opens new production facility in Shenyang

21 May 2015 | Simon Warburton

CHINA: Ficosa opens new production facility in Shenyang Simon Warburton Ficosa has opened a new production facility in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province in China. "The new factory in Shenyang... read more


INDIA: BMW local parts content now 50%

8 May 2015 | Graeme Roberts

INDIA: BMW local parts content now 50% Graeme Roberts BMW has increased the amount of auto components sourced domestically to 50%. Some of the components that the company procures from local vendo... read more


MALAYSIA: BMW assembler Sime Darby delays automotive IPO

6 May 2015 | Staff reporter

MALAYSIA: BMW assembler Sime Darby delays automotive IPO Staff reporter Malaysian diversified conglomerate Sime Darby has cancelled an initial public offering (IPO) for its automotive business which ... read more


RUSSIA: Rouble pressure creates domestic opportunity: Avtotor

19 March 2015 | Simon Warburton

RUSSIA: Rouble pressure creates domestic opportunity: Avtotor Simon Warburton Pressure on the Rouble is creating headaches for producers with exposure to overseas currencies, but also provides impetu... read more


RUSSIA: Sales suspended as ruble crisis bites

18 December 2014 | Chris Wright

RUSSIA: Sales suspended as ruble crisis bites Chris Wright Car makers are pulling down the shutters at dealerships across Russia because of the currency crisis which has seen a 40% drop in the value ... read more


THAILAND: BMW builds engine assembly plant in Thailand

20 November 2014 | Staff reporter

THAILAND: BMW builds engine assembly plant in Thailand Staff reporter BMW is building a new THB600m (US$18.2m) engine assembly plant in Thailand with its local partner Powertech Engine Assembly, BMW ... read more


THAILAND: Posco builds auto steel plant

17 October 2014 | Staff reporter

THAILAND: Posco builds auto steel plant Staff reporter South Korea's Posco has begun construction of a new steel sheet plant in Thailand in response to rising demand from the country’s automoti... read more


INDIA: Regulator follows China with parts prices clampdown

26 August 2014 | Chris Wright

INDIA: Regulator follows China with parts prices clampdown Chris Wright Carmakers in India are coming under similar pressure from regulators as those in China with a total of US$420m in fines being h... read more


CHINA: Brilliance posts profit jump, but warns on outlook

19 August 2014 | Dave Leggett

CHINA: Brilliance posts profit jump, but warns on outlook Dave Leggett Brilliance China Automotive Holdings has said its net profit rose 79% to 3.63bn yuan in the first six months of the year. The... read more


SOUTH AFRICA: Employers "exhaust" talks as huge strike rumbles on

16 July 2014 | Simon Warburton

SOUTH AFRICA: Employers "exhaust" talks as huge strike rumbles on Simon Warburton South Africa's Steel and Engineering Industries Federation (SEIFSA), says it has "exhausted" its mandate to talk to s... read more


SOUTH AFRICA: Employers warn of 'indefinite strike' as automakers suffer

14 July 2014 | Simon Warburton

SOUTH AFRICA: Employers warn of 'indefinite strike' as automakers suffer Simon Warburton South African employers are warning of the consequences of an 'indefinite strike' as the country's huge metalw... read more


CHINA: Brilliance profits boosted by BMW JV

28 March 2014 | Dave Leggett

CHINA: Brilliance profits boosted by BMW JV Dave Leggett Brilliance China Automotive has posted a 46.5% gain in profit for last year on the back of strong JV partner BMW's sales in China. Net prof... read more


INDIA: Harman infotainment plant on stream by June

14 February 2014 | Graeme Roberts

INDIA: Harman infotainment plant on stream by June Graeme Roberts Infotainment and audio supplier Harman is building a greenfield factory at Pune in India to assemble infotainment systems for do... read more


SOUTH AFRICA: New strike hits ports and dealer deliveries

18 November 2013 | Simon Warburton

SOUTH AFRICA: New strike hits ports and dealer deliveries Simon Warburton Strike action by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) affecting dealer deliveries in the country, l... read more


POLAND: BWI Technical Centre cites 100% growth

11 November 2013 | Simon Warburton

POLAND: BWI Technical Centre cites 100% growth Simon Warburton BWI Technical Centre in Poland says it has seen 100% growth since 2008 as a result of increased global sales of passive damper technolog... read more


CHINA: Fuyao Glass expands overseas

25 October 2013 | Staff reporter

CHINA: Fuyao Glass expands overseas Staff reporter China’s Fuyao Glass Industry Group plans to spend US$420m to expand its automotive safety glass operations in Europe and the US with the aim o... read more


SOUTH AFRICA: MIBCO slams "no constructive post-mortem" from union after month-long strike ends

8 October 2013 | Simon Warburton

SOUTH AFRICA: MIBCO slams "no constructive post-mortem" from union after month-long strike ends Simon Warburton South Africa's Motor Industry Bargaining Council (MIBCO) components division, says the ... read more


SOUTH AFRICA: Staggered return marks end of damaging strike

7 October 2013 | Simon Warburton

SOUTH AFRICA: Staggered return marks end of damaging strike Simon Warburton South Africa's Motor Industry Bargaining Council (MIBCO) components division says between 60% and 70% of strikers in the c... read more


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