A123 Systems opening new manufacturing facility in Czech Republic; support for increasing volume of 12V and 48V Li-ion systems

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Li-ion battery manufacturer A123 Systems is expanding its operations in Europe by opening a new manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic city of Ostrava. The opening of the new facility is the result of a substantial surge in European market demand for low-voltage automotive products, a strategic focus of A123.

Hyundai Opens €1B Manufacturing Plant in Czech Republic

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billion) manufacturing plant in Nošovice, Czech Republic. With mass production having started in November last year, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC), a fully-owned subsidiary of Seoul-based Hyundai Motor Co., With the completion of the Czech factory, Hyundai Motor now has a production foothold in all major markets, including the USA, China, India and Turkey. Hyundai Motor Co., officially opened its €1 billion (US$1.5

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Teijin completes acquisition of Czech composite and component supplier Benet Automotive

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Benet), a leading automotive composite and component supplier in the Czech Republic, from Jet Investment. Teijin Limited completed the acquisition of Benet Automotive s.r.o. Teijin is targeting automotive composite business sales of approximately €1.7 billion (US$2 billion) by 2030.

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Prague emergency service gets its first EV, a smart ed

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Prague (Czech Republic) Emergency service recently received its first electric vehicle, a smart ed (electric drive). The car is the first of 20 smart ed (electric drive) entering into the Czech Republic via a partnership with energy company E. Hybrid.cz It will be used for fast emergency response in the city center. ON and Smart.

E.ON and Samsung SDI to cooperate in Li-ion stationary energy storage business

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will run battery projects in US, Germany, UK and Czech Republic first. SE recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Samsung SDI on co-operation in the energy storage business. The co-operation includes the development of profitable energy storage solutions and, to this end, to assess and develop a potential business model for targeting applications for Lithium-Ion batteries in selected regions and markets.

Ricardo partners with Geely on development of transmission for range-extended plug-in hybrid vehicles

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In addition to the core engineering team, support will also be available from Ricardo’s technical centers in other locations including the Czech Republic. Geely Auto Group (Geely) has selected Ricardo to assist with the development—right through to production implementation—of a new advanced transmission for range-extended plug-in hybrid vehicles. Key requirements for the transmission are high efficiency and competitive cost for high volume A and B-segment products.

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Successful first test run of Alstom Coradia iLint fuel cell train; signed letters of intent for 60 trains

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An extensive test campaign will be conducted in Germany and Czech Republic in the coming months before the Coradia iLint performs its first passenger test runs on the Buxtehude–Bremervörde–Bremerhaven–Cuxhaven (Germany) route beginning of 2018. The dynamic tests are performed at Salzgitter plant at 80 km/h and in Velim (Czech Republic) at up to 140 km/h (87 mph), the maximum speed of the Coradia iLint.

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EEA: average CO2 emissions from new cars and new vans in Europe increased in 2018

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g CO 2 /km), the Czech Republic (170.0 It also varied across countries: smaller vehicles were sold in Bulgaria and Cyprus ( 1 955 kg) in Slovakia, Finland and Czech Republic. According to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), the average CO 2 emissions from new passenger cars registered in the European Union (EU) in 2018 increased for the second consecutive year, reaching 120.4 grams of CO 2 per kilometer.

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New Volkswagen MQ281 manual gearbox shaves up to 5g CO2/km

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While the new six-speed gearbox is being produced in El Prat de Llobregat and Córdoba (Argentina), the MQ200 manual gearbox has been primarily relocated to ŠKODA Components in Mlada Boleslav (Czech Republic).

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SEAT part of EU €1.6B Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on Urban Mobility consortium

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The headquarters will be located in Barcelona, with four branches in Copenhagen (Denmark), Prague (Czech Republic), Munich (Germany) and Helmond (the Netherlands).

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Magna providing composite liftgate assembly for BMW i3 EV

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The liftgate assembly is being produced at a Magna facility in the Czech Republic, using advanced manufacturing and bonding processes to ensure a high-quality product scalable for high-volume production. Magna International Inc. is leveraging its advanced composites and exteriors systems expertise to produce an innovative, lightweight composite liftgate assembly on the BMW i3.

IONITY partners with Shell, OMV, Tank & Rast and Circle K on sites for high-power charging network; 18 countries, >200 sites

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By joining forces with Shell, IONITY will be able to install its fast charging infrastructure at sites throughout ten European countries: Belgium, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. IONITY is working with the Austrian company OMV on the roll-out of a fast charging infrastructure in Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Magna using torsional welding process for thermoplastics in autos; sensors to thin-wall bumpers

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Magna is using a torsional welding process for joining thermoplastic materials in order to help automakers cut weight and costs.

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Today, Fisker Automotive announces that they have selected the Emil Frey Group as a distributor in Europe, with locations in Switzerland, Germany, France, the Czech Republic , Hungary and Poland. Fisker Automotive continues to attract an impressive list of auto dealers in North America and Europe.

A123 Systems opens Czech plant to produce 12V and 48V Li-ion systems

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A123 Systems LLC, a developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and systems, recently celebrated the opening of its new manufacturing facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic at which A123 will produce more than 600,000 units of its low voltage automotive systems annually for European customers.

SEAT Componentes to manufacture new 6-speed manual for Volkswagen Group MQB platform; 450K units/year

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Located in El Prat de Llobregat, this is one of the facilities owned by the Volkswagen Group worldwide for the manufacture of transmissions, together with the ones in Kassel (Germany), Mladá Boleslav and Vrchlabi (Czech Republic), Córdoba (Argentina) and the four plants located in China (Tianjin, Dalian, Changchun and Anting).

Skoda confirms new Rapid to sit between Fabia and Octavia

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The Czech Republic company has confirmed that the MissionL will be coming to the UK as the Rapid when it arrives at [.]. The Auto China 2012 show is in full swing in Beijing today, and Skoda is present with a modified version of the MissionL concept, seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011. Skoda Beijing China Rapid UK

Volkswagen Group’s Škoda to unveil 500 km Vision E electric concept at Shanghai show; leveraging MEB for electromobility

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Škoda operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.

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V4 countries form G4 Centre of Excellence for joint R&D in Generation-4 nuclear reactors

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Husinec, Czech Republic; MTA EK, Budapest, Hungary; NCBJ, ?wierk, The V4 is an alliance of four Central European states—Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The nuclear research institutes of the Visegrád Group countries (V4) (ÚJV ?ež ež a.s., wierk, Poland; and VUJE, a.s., Trnava, Slovakia) agreed to establish the V4G4 Centre of Excellence for performing joint research, development and innovation in the field of Generation-4 (G4) nuclear reactors.

Chart to provide fuel system for LNG-Hybrid barge delivering shore power in Hamburg

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All engineering, major capital equipment and assembly will be performed by Chart’s operations in Decin, Czech Republic. Chart Ferox, a.s., a member of Chart Industries’ Distribution and Storage (D&S) segment in Europe, has been awarded a contract by Hybrid Port Energy Gmbh & Co.

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Waze adds speed limits feature, planned drives

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Waze is rolling out the new feature first in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, Tobago and Uruguay. Waze, the popular “connected driver” app that combines navigation with driver contributions on traffic, accidents and other road data, is adding a speed limit feature that will automatically notify drivers when they are exceeding the speed limit.

First fire of new prototype 3-cylinder TGDI engine for China’s Changhe

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litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) engine prototype is the culmination of 11 months of work by Ricardo engineers at the company’s facilities in Shanghai, the Czech Republic, Germany and the UK, as well as a team of Changhe resident engineers who have been based at Shoreham.

European Fast-E project launches; 278 fast-charging points in Germany and Belgium

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A sister project between the Czech Republic and Slovakia will add another 30 charging stations. The Fast-E project, co-financed by the European Union and nine companies, has officially launched , with the objective of installing 241 fast-charging charging stations in Germany and 37 in Belgium. The 278 charging points set up every 80 km along Germany and Belgium’s main motorways, will allow drivers of electric vehicles to “refuel” and extend their car’s range.

Magna and bio-on to partner on bio-plastics for automotive industry

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Magna Interiors will utilize its facility in Liberec, Czech Republic, for joint testing. Magna International Inc., a leading global automotive supplier, and bio-on , an Italian intellectual property company, signed a cooperation agreement to start exclusive R&D activities on the use of bio-plastics for the automotive industry. bio-on has developed a new kind of bio plastic created through the use of naturally occurring bacteria which feed off sugar beet by-products.

Volkswagen to spend ~€44B on e-mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalization through 2023

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Production of the Volkswagen Passat family will be moved to the ŠKODA plant in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, and these models will be built there together with the ŠKODA Superb and Kodiaq from 2023.

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Constellium investing $20M in Decin Site to boost production of specialty aluminum alloy products for automotive market

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has finalized a €15-million (US$20-million) investment in its site located in Decin, Czech Republic, to further its strategy of boosting production capacity of high-volume specialty alloy products to supply primarily the European automotive market. Constellium N.V.

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PSA Peugeot Citroën to supply Toyota Europe with light commercial vehicles for the European market

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in the Czech Republic. Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC’s) European. subsidiary Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME) and PSA Peugeot Citroën (PSA) have. signed an agreement under which PSA will supply light commercial vehicles to TME for. sale under the Toyota brand in the European market. Under the OEM agreement, in mid-2013 PSA will begin supplying TME with a. medium-sized van based on the Peugeot Expert and the Citroën Jumpy.

Ford Focus 1.0L EcoBoost model accounts for 23.3% of Focus orders in April in Europe

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The Euro 19 markets are: Austria, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Across Europe, more than 4,700 customers ordered a Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost in April, accounting for 23.3% of the Ford Focus models in Europe’s major 19 markets.

DLR researchers use new camera to show deformation of propeller blade during flight

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Fritz Boden and Boleslaw Stasicki from the DLR Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology carried out the experiments at Kunovice in the Czech Republic, using a single-engine Evektor VUT 100 Cobra.

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DAF trucks showcases electric and hybrid trucks at IAA CV

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DAF Trucks is the heavy duty market leader in The Netherlands, Hungary, United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, Romania, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, and is Europe’s market leader in the tractor segment.

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Danish Power Systems sets new record with degradation rate in high-temperature polymer fuel cells

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The clean technology company Danish Power Systems (DPS), with partners at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czech Republic, reports the best operating stability for high-temperature polymer fuel cells (HTPEMFC) yet. — Testing in the Czech Republic was a part of the successful European Union project “CISTEM” that was coordinated by the German research institution Next Energy (now part of DLR).

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Li-ion maker A123 Systems to build HQ complex in Michigan, shrink US cell manufacturing

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Production for these products will be located in close proximity to customers, including the new Novi manufacturing facility, the recently announced facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic and the ongoing expansion at the company’s Hangzhou, China campus. A123 Systems LLC, a developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and systems, plans to spend $40 million to build a new headquarters complex in Novi, Michigan.

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Continental urea sensors for efficient SCR NOx aftertreatment in diesels; measuring level, quality and temperature

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R&D for the urea sensor is located in Nuremberg (Germany) and in the new competence center at Ostrava (Czech Republic), which was only opened in 2014. The component is manufactured at the Frenstat location (Czech Republic).

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EV startup Byton commissions Dürr for paint shop; EcoInCure technology

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Byton is among the early adopters for this technology; Skoda will be the first automotive manufacturer using EcoInCure in its new paint shop in Mlada Boleslav (Czech Republic).

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New Car Registrations in Europe Down 18.3% in February

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Other major markets were down with 7.7% (Czech Republic), 46.4% (Hungary) and 66.5% (Romania). Looking at the cumulative figures from January to February, Poland ranked first in absolute numbers with 56,841 new cars registered (+0.7%), followed by Romania (-58.8%), the Czech Republic (- 10.0% ) and Hungary (-31.4%). In February, 968,159 new passenger cars were registered in Europe (the EU27 + EFTA), 18.3%

BMW updates BMW Connected with expanded services, device support and availability

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BMW Connected was already offered in the USA, Germany, Austria, UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Luxembourg. At the Paris Motos Show, BMW introduced an expanded set of services, device support and availabilitiy in more countries. The personal mobility companion BMW Connected already comprises many functions designed to help users with their daily mobility needs.

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JRC Report Concludes Extreme Weather Wont Affect Average Levels of European Crop Output for 2010; Yields Up, Although Acreage Down; Heat and Drought Have Huge Impact on Russia

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Meanwhile, both spring and early summer brought a severe shortage of rain to Belgium, the Czech Republic, northern Germany, Greece, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, eastern Poland and the UK. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia were hit by floods in the spring. The European Commission says cereal production in 2010 will be close to the average recorded since 2005.

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KSPG awarded $342M in contracts for new compact EGR valve

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The valves are made not only at the German plants but also in the Czech Republic, Spain, USA, India, and China. Compact EGR valve. Click to enlarge.

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Europe Passenger Car Registrations Down 7.4% in April

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Of the largest markets, Germany registered the largest number of new cars (259,414 units) though new registrations declined the most (-31.7%) percentage-wise, followed by Italy (-15.7%), the Czech Republic (-13.2%), Poland (-11.9%) and Austria (-11.6%). New passenger car registrations in Europe fell by 7.4%

Honda targets new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency with 8,500-mile diesel drive across Europe

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The 24 countries which are covered in the route, in alphabetical order, are as follows: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Honda aims to win a new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency in an 8,500-mile (13,679 km) drive across all 24 contiguous EU countries in a 1.6

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EEA: Fuel efficiency improvements of new cars in Europe slowed in 2016

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Registrations increased in all EU Member States except in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Slovenia.

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Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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Dürr sells 2,000th sealing robot

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The EcoRS 30L16S milestone machine will perform rough seam sealing at Škoda in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, and it will also be a first. One trend in automotive manufacturing is toward fully automatic sealing of welds; robots are increasingly performing this task in automobile production. Dürr has now sold its 2,000 th sealing robot. With its shortened arm 1, the robot is particularly suitable for sealing applications inside car bodies.

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