Foxconn partnering with Thailand’s PTT to build EVs; MIH open EV platform

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Foxconn and PTT have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in setting up an open platform for producing electric vehicles (EV) and key components to serve the EV sector in Thailand. The platform, comprising hardware and software services, will be available to all automobile players in Thailand looking to accelerate their production and sales of EVs in Thailand and elsewhere in the ASEAN region.

EVLOMO and Rojana to invest $1.06B to build 8 GWh battery plant in Thailand

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announced plans to setup an 8 GWh Lithium Battery plant in the EEC of Thailand. The battery plant will be on a greenfield manufacturing site at Nong Yai, Chonburi, Thailand that will create more than 3,000 new jobs and bring required technology to Thailand, as achieving self-reliance in battery manufacturing is critical to Thailand’s EV plans. The battery plant will establish Nong Yai as an EV hub of Thailand and ASEAN region.

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GPSC to build plant for 24M semi-solid batteries in Thailand; 30 MWh to start, 100 MWh in 2021

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Global Power Synergy PLC (GPSC) is building a battery manufacturing facility in Thailand using 24M’s novel SemiSolid lithium-ion technology ( earlier post ). Construction of the new plant is expected to be completed and production commenced in December 2020.

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Honda to build new automobile production plant in Thailand; total capacity to increase to 420,000 units in 2015

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), Honda’s automobile production and sales subsidiary in Thailand, plans to build a new automobile production plant with an annual production capacity of 120,000 units. Furthermore, annual production capacity of HATC’s existing plant in Ayutthaya is increased from 240,000 to 280,000 units as of the end of January 2013, through the addition and upgrading of the existing facilities and equipment.

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BioAmber partners with PTTMCC Biochem for PBS production in Thailand

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earlier post ) as its partner for a polybutylene succinate (PBS) plant that will begin construction in Thailand in 2012. BioAmber will build a bio-based succinic acid plant in Thailand and supply PTTMCC with bio-based succinic acid on an exclusive basis. Succinic acid is the principal starting material for the production of PBS, along with 1,4-butanediol. PTTMCC Biochem, a joint venture between PTT PLC and Mitsubishi Chemical, has selected BioAmber Inc.

Honda targeting resumption of production in Thailand by end of March 2012

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand, which experienced damage from the major flooding in the country last year, reports that it expects to resume production by the end of March 2012. Honda’s production operations in the neighboring Asian counties, which suspended or made production adjustments due to the disruption in parts supply from Thailand, have begun resuming production.

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Mazda and Ford JV to Invest $350M to Build Next Generation Compact Pickup Truck in Thailand

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Mazda Motor Corporation and Ford Motor Company’s joint venture, AutoAlliance (Thailand) Co. AAT), will invest US$350 million in its pickup truck plant to support the production of Mazda and Ford’s next generation pickup trucks. The investment will enable production of the new compact pickups to commence in mid-2011. The US$350 million investment in AAT reinforces Mazda and Ford’s long-term joint commitment to Thailand.

Honda to unveil new small vehicle prototype at Thailand International Motor Expo

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plans to exhibit the world premiere of a prototype representing the direction of the new small-sized vehicle which is scheduled to be introduced to Thailand and India in 2011, at the 27 th Thailand International Motor Expo 2010 starting 30 November 2010. Building upon the Honda New Small Concept, which was showcased in India (January) and Thailand (March) in 2010 ( earlier post ), this prototype represents vehicle packaging that is closer to the mass-production model.

BMW Group launches battery component production in Leipzig and Regensburg

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The BMW Group is launching production of battery components at its plants in Leipzig and Regensburg and expanding its e-drive production network. It has been less than a year since the decision was made to expand production capacity for e-drives in Germany.

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Ford to Invest $450M in New Passenger Vehicle Plant in Thailand

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Ford Motor Company is investing US$450 million (THB 15 billion) in a new passenger vehicle manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand, scheduled for completion in 2012. The facility will begin building the next-generation Ford Focus in 2012 for Thailand and other markets in the Asia-Pacific region. The highly flexible plant will be capable of building a diverse range of vehicles in the future. Up to 85% of the plant’s production will be for markets outside Thailand.

Mercedes-Benz Cars starts production of PHEV batteries in Bangkok; 3rd plant in global battery production network

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Mercedes-Benz Cars has opened a factory for plug-in hybrid (PHEV) batteries in the Bangkok region in Thailand. The new plant is the third production facility in the company’s global battery production network. The production facilities are highly standardized and flexible.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars to build battery factory in Jawor, Poland; ninth in its global network

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Mercedes-Benz Cars will build a battery factory at the site in Jawor, Poland, and thus extend its global battery production network to nine factories. After the production of high-tech engines, we will establish additional future technology in Poland. —Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain. With nine factories in our global battery production network we are very well positioned.

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GM to build and sell new global Chevrolet Colorado pickup in US

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The first version of the truck is launching this month in Thailand, to be followed by other regions around the globe. Thailand is the world’s largest market for midsize pickup trucks, according to GM. Product details, timing, pricing and the production location will be announced later. In Thailand, the model lineup will include 2WD and 4WD regular, extended-cab and crew cab variants.

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Report: Suzuki to build another engine plant in Indonesia, tripling its output

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plans to build another engine factory in Indonesia, tripling its output there to 150,000 units a year. The automaker will invest roughly ¥30 billion (US$390 million) to set up engine manufacturing operations from parts production to finished engines, by 2015, according to the report. The Nikkei reports that Suzuki Motor Corp.

UPS to add 1,400 new CNG vehicles over next year; building 15 new CNG fueling stations

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To support the purchase and planned deployment of the 1,400 new CNG vehicles, UPS plans to build 15 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations. CNG is an important building block in our long-term fleet strategy and offers environmental and economic advantages. Agility has also supported the UPS natural gas rollout with its portable fueling solution, enabling new LNG trucks to be fueled at the production plant where they are built and quickly placed into service.

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Mazda to increase production capacity of SKYACTIV transmissions at Hofu Plant

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Mazda Motor Corporation plans to increase SKYACTIV transmission—both SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmissions and SKYACTIV-MT manual transmissions—production capacity at the Nakanoseki district of Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi, Japan. Production capacity, currently at 750,000 units annually, will be increased to 1,114,000 units in July 2014 in response to growing sales of SKYACTIV models around the globe.

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Nissan investing $600M in Argentina; domestic production of new pick-up

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Nissan Motor will invest $600 million in Argentina and will become an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) with the domestic production there of an all-new NP300 Frontier pick-up. With the investment of US$600 million, the company will build pick-up trucks in Renault’s industrial complex in Córdoba on a dedicated pick-up assembly line. This production line alone, will generate approximately 1,000 direct jobs, and another 2,000 indirect.

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Global biofuels production up 17% in 2010 to hit all-time high of 105 billion liters

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World ethanol and biodiesel production, 1975-2010. Global production of biofuels increased 17% in 2010 to reach an all-time high of 105 billion liters (28 billion gallons US), up from 90 billion liters (24 billion gallons US) in 2009. World biodiesel production rose to 19 billion liters (5 billion gallons US) in 2010, a 12% increase from 2009. Accordingly, biodiesel producers in Argentina are investing heavily in facilities to increase production.

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Report: Daido Steel to make neodymium magnets in US for motors in hybrids and EVs

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The Nikkei reports that Daido Steel will build a neodymium magnet factory in the US to meet growing demand from automakers there for motors used in hybrid and electric vehicles. The US site will be the company’s fourth overseas production base, joining one in Thailand and two in China. Daido Steel recently worked with Honda to develop a neodymium magnet that does not use any heavy rare-earth materials ( earlier post ).

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Mercedes-Benz will be producing 8 all-electric EQ models in 2022

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The global Mercedes-Benz production network is ready for the company’s electric product offensive and is integrating its Mercedes-EQ models into series production in its existing plants. The production network will have a total of six Mercedes-EQ car locations.

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Ford Focus was best-selling nameplate in the world for the first half of 2012 with 489,616 units

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Ford Motor is also celebrating the production of the company’s 350 millionth vehicle—a Ford Focus. Ford celebrated the production milestone at its newest global manufacturing facility located in Rayong, Thailand, approximately 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of Bangkok. Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) plant is a $450-million facility, opened in May to produce the new Focus, which also is built in four other countries.

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BMW targeting doubling energy density of battery cells by 2030, with current i3 as basis

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The purpose of the facility is to advance battery cell technology and carefully dissect the production processes. The Competence Center offers both ideal overall conditions and high-quality production facilities conforming to the industry standards of established cell manufacturers. New production technologies have been integrated here, bearing in mind the importance of flexibility with cell format in order to create greater scope for incorporating different developments.

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Study: countries seeking to cut CO2 emissions must get a handle on city-level emissions

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You can demand that the country cuts CO 2 production by 60%, but to do this successfully you need to have a good idea of how to cut pollution at a local level without devastating local economies. Over the past three years, experts from the UK, USA and China have worked with local researchers to build increasingly sophisticated datasets on Chinese emissions.

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Ford opening 66 more new dealerships in China by end of year; Asia-Pacific growth plans

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CFMA) are building a new assembly plant in Chongqing, and just signed an agreement to build a new engine plant also in Chongqing. Ford’s Asia Pacific and Africa region encompasses markets on three continents, including Australia, China, India, Thailand and South Africa. In India, Ford has invested $500 million this year to double production capacity, launch the Ford Figo, expand exports, and increase engine production capacity to 250,000 units.

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Dow and BASF receive Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for HPPO Technology

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The Dow Chemical Company and BASF received a 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for their jointly developed hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) technology that vastly improves the production process of a key chemical intermediate, propylene oxide. No by-products are produced besides water. The two companies successfully started up the first commercial-scale HPPO production plant in 2008 at BASF’s Antwerp, Belgium, facility.

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BioAmber to be exclusive supplier of bio-based succinic acid to Mitsubishi Chemical

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The three companies are conducting a feasibility study to build a succinic acid production facility next to Mitsubishi’s planned polybutylene succinate (PBS, a renewable, biodegradable polymer) production plant in Thailand. Renewable chemistry company BioAmber ( earlier post ) has entered a strategic agreement with Mitsubishi Chemical through which BioAmber and its Asian distribution partner Mitsui & Co.

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BMW Group plans Additive Manufacturing Campus

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—Udo Hänle, Head of Production Integration and Pilot Plant. Within the BMW Group production network, the new Additive Manufacturing Campus will foster the latest technologies in this field in much the same way as a pilot plant and make them available for use within the network. Much of the work carried out there will focus on parts manufacturing for prototype construction, series production and customised solutions.

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Nissan to Introduce New V-Platform and All-New Global Compact Car at Geneva 2010

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Breaking with conventional practice that focused on launching production in established markets such as the US, Europe and Japan, and then localizing for emerging markets, Nissan has instigated measures to start production of the completely new model at overseas manufacturing sites such as India, China and Thailand. Nissan video newsletter featuring engineering and product executives on the new compact car. Teaser sketch of new Nissan compact. Click to enlarge.

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Global geothermal industry passes 12,000 MW operational

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Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, the United States, and Yemen. Additionally, Alstom will build the 25 MW Los Humeros III in Mexico, Alterra Power announced drilling would begin at its Mariposa, Chile site next year and construction on other international projects continued by companies including US Geothermal, Ram Power, and Ormat. GEA President Craig Mataczynski of Gradient Resources has challenged the industry to reach 5% of total US electricity production.

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Daimler & Renault-Nissan Alliance expand cooperation to 1-ton pickup trucks

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Nissan is the world’s second-biggest 1-ton pickup truck maker and has been building and selling 1-ton pickups for more than 80 years. The NP300, sold under the name NP300 Navara and NP300 Frontier (depending on the market), was launched in June 2014 and is currently produced in Thailand and Mexico. Production of Renault’s 1-ton truck will begin in 2016 at Nissan’s plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Production of the trucks at the two plants will start by the end of the decade.

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Mitsubishi to debut eight xEVs in next five years: hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs

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Concurrently, the company will focus on producing new compact vehicles and SUVs in emerging markets, and will strengthen manufacturing capabilities in China, Russia, and Thailand. In Japan, MMC will collaborate with Nissan on a joint venture to build a new minicar for domestic release. MMC will increase the proportion of its overseas production to 54% of total output by fiscal 2013 as compared to about 44% today. by Jack Rosebro. Mitsubishi will introduce 8 xEVs by FY 2015.

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GM Daewoo Considering Hybrid for 2011

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Researchers from GM headquarters and GM Daewoo are carrying out projects to build eco-friendly cars, including a hybrid vehicle,” said the official at GM Daewoo. In addition, GM Daewoo provides market and brand-specific vehicle kits for assembly at GM facilities in China, Thailand, India, Colombia and Venezuela. million units, including CKD (completely knocked down) products. Yonhap.

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GM to double models with 40 mpg highway or better by 2017; ongoing manufacturing efficiency improvements

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Describing its product goals and tracking progress toward its 2020 manufacturing priorities in its 2012 Sustainability Report , General Motors reaffirmed its commitment to further reduce the energy used and the environmental impacts of building and operating an automobile. GM also reduced the amount of energy required to build one vehicle by 7 percent and avoided $66 million in energy costs through conservation initiatives since 2010.

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Saudis Expand Price War Downstream

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Saudis have moved into the product business in a big way,” said Fereidun Fesharaki of FGE Energy. The gross refining margin is nothing but the difference between the value of the refined products and price of the crude oil. It makes trade flows in products very different,” said Amrita Sen of Energy Aspects. by Gaurav Agnihotri for Oilprice.com. The undisputed king of oil and gas is making some moves that could change the face of the global refining sector.

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Polk forecasts global new vehicle auto sales to reach 77.7M in 2012, up 6.7%; expects China sales to grow 16% while US sales recovery slows

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The luxury segment also offers a wide variety of product options for consumers across all segments, ranging from small cars to SUVs. Polk predicts Toyota and Honda, respectively, will realize the greatest amount of market share growth in 2012 as they begin to win back some lost share from their 2011 inventory shortages following natural disasters in Japan and Thailand. Refreshed products and new product introductions will help them to compete in various segments.

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Ford Launches New Fiesta in China

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Designed and developed in Europe for sale across Ford’s global markets, the new Fiesta is the first in a series of fuel-efficient new small cars developed through Ford’s global product development process. Production of the new Fiesta for China began at the Nanjing plant on 15 January 15. In addition to the Fiesta built at the Nanjing plant for the China market, Ford and Mazda’s joint-venture facility, Auto Alliance Thailand, will begin producing the new Fiesta next year.

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Nissan to introduce new global platform and compact car

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The V-Platform is expected to be incorporated into at least two other models over the next three years as Nissan instigates measures to begin production of its new model at overseas manufacturing sites such as India, China and Thailand rather than focusing on established markets such as the US, Europe and Japan. Nissan’s objective, it appears, is to build a series of models on the same platform at three overseas production sites that will then be sold in more than 160 countries.

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Hitachi Restructures, Spinning Off Automotive Systems Business; to Launch Group-Wide Strategies for Li-ion Battery and Renewables Businesses

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In this market, Hitachi has decided to separate its Automotive Systems Group on 1 July and establish it as a new company, with the goal of building a framework that can consistently generate stable earnings as a key Hitachi Group business going forward. Stepping Up Product Field Prioritization in the Automotive Systems Business. As part of a major restructuring in announced in Tokyo on Monday, Hitachi Ltd.

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UOP looking to biomass catalytic pyrolysis to expand volumes of renewable hydrocarbon fuels

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Honeywell’s UOP—a major international supplier and licensor of technology for petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical production and major manufacturing industries—has also been an early leader in developing technologies for the production of renewable drop-in hydrocarbon fuels. That plant, in Norco, Louisiana, will have the capacity to produce more than 9,300 barrels per day of renewable diesel product.

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Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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We must act quickly as the planet is warming due to CO 2 production from burning fossil fuels. In addition, we need no more biofuel than what is currently in production now. Furthermore, the batteries in a PHEV are generally smaller than those in any other electric vehicle constructed today and the battery savings in the PHEV from a pure BEV can easily make up for the cost of the small liquid-fueled engine, resulting in a lower-cost production vehicle for mass distribution.

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