Renault Group inaugurates a new production line for electric motors at the Cléon plant and further accelerates its electric transformation

  • Following the creation of the ElectriCity cluster, this is a further illustration of the Renault Group’s determination to make France a global centre of excellence in electric vehicles
  • With an investment of €620 million since 2018, Cléon has consolidated its position as the largest electric motor production centre in France, with the inauguration of the new “ePT-160kW” electric motor production line
  • Production capacity of over one million electrified engines by 2024
  • A new-generation engine, developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, at the cutting edge of innovation to equip Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric
  • With the implementation of the “E-Mobility Academy”, a unique training system for the plant’s 3,228 employees, this new line is a concrete example of the group’s commitment to support its employees in the new electric professions

in Renault Group, 05-07-2022


Today, the Renault plant in Cléon took a new step in its transformation towards electric power with the inauguration of the new “ePT-160kW” electric motor production line in the presence of Jose Vicente de los Mozos, Industrial Director of the Renault Group. Renault Group has invested €620 million since 2018 at the Cléon site to industrialise the group’s 100% electric and hybrid motors. A centre of expertise in the manufacture of very high performance electrical and mechanical components, the plant will have a production capacity of more than 1 million electrified motors per year from 2024, including 500,000 electric motors and 510,000 hybrid motors.

This transformation to electric vehicles, which was initiated in 2012, supports the group’s strategy of embeding its electric value chain activities in France on a long-term basis and the Renault brand’s ambition to be 100% electric for passenger vehicles in Europe by 2030.

Jose Vicente de los Mozos, Renault Group’s Industrial Director, said:

An emblematic site at the heart of the Renault Group’s industrial ecosystem, the Cléon plant is the largest production centre for electric motors in France. Today, it is a new stage in its conversion to electric power and a great source of pride for the plant’s 3,228 employees to produce this new electric motor for the Renault Mégane E-Tech. Cléon is the perfect example of the group’s industrial transformation towards the electric vehicle and its entire value chain, involving our employees, our social partners and our local stakeholders. Another future electric motor, developed jointly with Valéo, will also be assembled here and will reinforces the Renault Group’s commitment to the Cléon plant and its desire to base its activities in France.”

A new engine at the cutting edge of innovation

A new electric motor developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, with a power of 160 kW, it will equip the 100% electric models of Renault, including the Megane E-Tech Electric, manufactured by the Douai plant within the ElectriCity cluster.

This new generation motor, at the cutting edge of innovation, is a synchronous motor with a wound rotor, a technology that Renault Group has been using for ten years and which offers better efficiency than the permanent magnet motor. In addition, the absence of rare earths secures the supply while limiting its environmental impact and production costs. More compact and lighter than the Zoe’s engine, it has more power (96 and 160 kW) and better torque (300 Nm). It offers all the pleasure of electric driving, including instant acceleration that is both dynamic and linear.

A factory geared towards electricity

To accelerate this transition and to support the rapidly growing electric market, this new assembly line for the “ePT-160 kW” motor has been set up after the renovation of approximately 8,000 m2. The production workshop includes 4 assembly lines and 2 winding lines with a production capacity of 120,000 motors per year, and thanks to its flexible design, could produce 240,000 motors per year.

Since 2015, the Cléon plant has been producing the electric powertrain for Renault Zoé, Twingo ZE, Kangoo ZE and Master ZE. Today, it is expanding its range with the industrialisation of the ePT-160 kW, which will also equip the future Renault C-segment model. From 2024, production will be expanded with the ePT-100 kW engine for the future Renault 5 electric car and from 2027, with the new generation 200 kW electric motor, designed without rare earths and developed in partnership with Valeo and Valeo Siemens eAutomotive.

To support this large-scale transformation, Renault Group is taking the lead and supporting its employees to train them in the new electrical professions. In Cléon, a unique training facility has been set up: the E-Mobility Academy. Developed with the help of partners*, this in situ campus, equipped with line-schools, aims to train the employees of the plant. This academic scheme is also accompanied by the announcement on 23 June 2022 of the recruitment of 100 new employees to support the site’s electrical transformation, as part of the Renouveau France 2025 plan.

*Nextmove, Renault Trucks, FORVIA, Ingénieurs 2000, CNAM, within the framework of a Programme d’Investissement d’Avenir – Attractivité Compétences et Emplois, supported by the Plateforme de l’Automobile (PFA)

The Cléon site in key figures:

  • 98 million engines and gearboxes produced since the plant started in 1958
  • €620 million invested since 2018 to industrialise electric motors and hybrid components
  • In 2021, the site produced 934,459 mechanical components, 34% of which will be electric
  • 3,228 employees, 14% of whom are women for operators and technicians and 7% for managers
  • 100 new hires announced in 2022

 

Acesso seguro a dados de veículos de diferentes fabricantes através do Bosch Secure Diagnostic Access (SDA)

Diagnóstico ativo de eletrónica com acesso protegido em veículos Fiat e Mercedes-Benz

  • A Bosch expande o diagnóstico de veículos com eletrónica de acesso protegido acrescentando novas marcas à sua oferta.
  • Acesso a dados protegidos de diferentes marcas e fabricantes através do Secure Diagnostic Access (SDA), após um único registo.
  • O acesso a dados de diagnóstico protegidos garante a competitividade de oficinas independentes.

in Bosch, o4-07-2022


Atualmente, muitos veículos exigem uma autorização específica de acesso por parte do fabricante para realizar tarefas de diagnóstico ativas, como calibrar os sistemas de assistência ao condutor ou redefinir os intervalos de manutenção. Para a maioria das oficinas independentes, isso representa sérios problemas. É por isso que a Bosch desenvolveu uma solução padronizada: o Bosch Secure Diagnostic Access (SDA), que fornece acesso a conteúdo de diagnóstico protegido através do seu software de diagnóstico Esitronic. Desde agosto de 2021, as oficinas que utilizam o Esitronic 2.0 Online, juntamente com uma licença para diagnóstico de unidades de controlo, podem aceder, via SDA, aos sistemas eletrónicos protegidos de vários veículos produzidos pelo grupo Volkswagen, uma vez que o Bosch SDA responde aos requisitos atuais de segurança para tarefas em veículos fabricados pelo grupo VW. Desde que no início deste ano foram realizadas as atualizações de software Esitronic 2.0 Online e KTS 250, as oficinas passaram a poder usar o SDA para aceder a dados protegidos de veículos Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Abarth, Chrysler, Jeep e Dodge/RAM. Além disso, o Esitronic 2.0 Online SDA foi ampliado durante o mês de junho para fornecer também acesso aos seguintes modelos atuais da Mercedes-Benz: classe C (206), classe S (223) e classe EQS (297). Para além disso, a Bosch está a trabalhar em estreita colaboração com os departamentos de desenvolvimento de outros fabricantes para expandir as possibilidades de acesso através do SDA.

Identificação pessoal Bosch para uso fácil do SDA

Para usar o Secure Diagnostic Access, os técnicos da oficina devem criar uma identificação pessoal Bosch que é gratuita e que consiste num endereço de e-mail e numa senha escolhidos pelos próprios através de um processo guiado, para qual é necessário apenas um único registo. Uma vez registados, os técnicos obtêm acesso a todos os dados de diagnóstico protegidos através do DAS.

Para aceder aos dados protegidos dos veículos Mercedes-Benz, uma vez criada a Bosch ID, é necessário um passo adicional para a identificação do utilizador. Posteriormente, os dados protegidos passam a estar disponíveis.

Explicações detalhadas e sugestões na central de ajuda SDA

Existem duas formas de aceder ao SDA através do software de oficina Esitronic. Por um lado, os utilizadores podem ativar o acesso no Esitronic logo após iniciar o diagnóstico usando a sua ID Bosch. E, por outro, o Esitronic também informa os utilizadores: uma vez conectado o veículo para diagnóstico, surge uma janela pop-up onde é dada a indicação que o veículo está equipado com um sistema eletrónico protegido. Além disso através de um link, os utilizadores podem aceder à central de ajuda do SDA, que disponibiliza suporte adicional. Contém informações importantes sobre tópicos relacionados com o Secure Diagnostic Access, como por exemplo, perguntas frequentes, imagens e vídeos de instruções.

Um pré-requisito para o uso do Bosch Secure Diagnostic Access é o software de diagnóstico online Esitronic 2.0 e uma licença válida para o diagnóstico da unidade de controlo, bem como uma conexão estável à Internet. Além disso, são também necessários equipamentos de diagnóstico da atual geração de KTS da Bosch, como KTS 590, KTS 560, KTS 350 ou KTS 250. Isso permite que oficinas multimarcas realizem tarefas de diagnóstico ativo em modelos de veículos atuais, garantindo assim a sua competitividade.

 

 

 

Stellantis’ Italy output at risk for 220,000 unit decline on chip crunch, union says

It would be the fifth drop in a row for the automaker in the key country, where union officials said the semiconductor shortage will also effect production in 2023.

in Automotive News Europe / Reuters, 04-07-2022


The global chip crunch could cost Stellantis up to 220,000 vehicles this year in terms of lost output in Italy, the FIM CISL union said, adding this would mark the fifth year in a row of declining production in the country.

FIM CISL said in its periodic report on the group’s production in Italy that Stellantis produced 351,890 vehicles in the first half of this year, almost 14 percent less than in the same period last year, with the key Melfi plant and the Sevel van-making facility being the most affected sites.

Using data for the first half of the year and potential full-year production based on booked orders, the union estimates Stellantis could lose between 200,000 and220,000 vehicles in 2022, said Ferdinando Uliano, the head of the FIM CISL union.

“It’s as if one of the group’s large plants stopped for a year,” he said, adding the chip supply situation was not improving this year and would also affect production in 2023.

Uliano said factors including the war in Ukraine and the disruption to Russian gas supplies to Europe would only worsen the part supply situation for the automotive industry.

A spokesman for Stellantis declined to comment on data and forecasts provided by FIM CISL but repeated the automaker had been taking decisions regarding the management of its operations on a day-by-day, plant-by-plant basis since the start of the COVID pandemic.

 

Stellantis’ key Melfi plant, which builds Jeep models, is one of the most affected sites, the FIM CISL union said.

 

 

Bosch abre portas em Aveiro e Braga para atrair talentos. Tem mais de 350 vagas

A companhia tem até 2023 objetivos ambiciosos ao nível de recrutamento no mercado nacional: o objetivo é contratar mais 1.100 pessoas para Braga.

in ECO, por Ana Marcela, 01-07-2022


Bosch está à procura de novos talentos para reforçar as suas equipas de I&D em Portugal e, este mês de julho, abre as portas das suas unidades de Aveiro e Braga para realizar ações de recrutamento para captar profissionais das áreas de Engenharia Mecânica, Software e Hardware. Até 2023 a companhia quer contratar mais de 1.100 pessoas. Até ao final do ano tem mais de 350 vagas por preencher.

“Queremos contratar tantas pessoas quanto possível, uma vez que temos mais de 350 vagas por preencher até ao final do ano“, adianta fonte oficial da empresa.

A companhia tem até 2023 objetivos ambiciosos ao nível de recrutamento no mercado nacional. “Até 2023 o objetivo é contratar mais 1.100 pessoas para Braga. Temos mais 300 novos postos de trabalho para ocupar entre 2023 e 2024 na fábrica de Aveiro, à boleia da nova linha de produção de bombas de calor que será instalada nesta unidade produtiva, e mais cerca de 50 na de Ovar até ao final deste ano”, adianta a mesma fonte.

Contornos da ação

Sob o mote “Work #LikeABosch Experience” a empresa vai realizar, a 2 e 9 de julho, em Aveiro, uma ação de recrutamento para selecionar especialmente perfis ligados, por exemplo, à Engenharia Mecânica, dado o foco na nova equipa de desenvolvimento de bombas de calor, área estratégica para o Grupo Bosch a nível mundial.

Segue-se, a 7 e 8 de julho, na unidade de Braga, uma nova ação dedicada a encontrar perfis dirigidos para a área de mobilidade e condução autónoma.

participação nos recruitment days da Bosch é limitada — 25 pessoas — e os interessados em participar devem submeter online a sua candidatura até 30 de junho.

“Nestes eventos de recrutamento temos um limite de 25 pessoas por evento, também para poder proporcionar uma experiência de maior proximidade a todos os participantes”, explica fonte oficial da empresa à Pessoas.

Os encontros visam não só dar a conhecer os potenciais candidatos as oportunidades de trabalho disponíveis, mas também “proporcionar uma experiência diferenciadora aos participantes” dando a conhecer o conceito “Work #LikeABosch”, que reflete o posicionamento da empresa e o seu employer value proposition.

“Numa altura em que existe uma acentuada competitividade pela captação de determinados perfis especializados, para a Bosch é fundamental que estes eventos sirvam igualmente para transmitir as propostas de benefícios da política de employer branding da empresa, que além do fator remuneração, assenta também em valores tão fundamentais como a importância do bem-estar e motivação das pessoas, o crescimento profissional e as inúmeras oportunidades ao longo das várias etapas da vida profissional, a flexibilidade em termos de gestão de tempo, e o equilíbrio entre a sua vida profissional e privada”, destaca a companhia em comunicado.

 

 

 

Volvo Cars anuncia nova fábrica de carros elétricos na Eslováquia

Volvo Cars gears up for long-term sustainable growth with new Slovakia electric car manufacturing plant

in Volvo Cars, 01-07-2022


Volvo Cars announces today it will establish a third manufacturing plant in Europe, positioning the company well to meet the continued demand from its customers for electric cars and capture future growth potential.

The new state-of-the-art plant will be climate neutral and build only electric cars, underpinning the company’s ambition to become fully electric by 2030 and climate neutral by 2040, and to continue expanding its global production capacity to match its growth ambitions.

By picking Slovakia as the location for its new plant, Volvo Cars creates a European triangle of manufacturing covering its largest sales region – complementing the Ghent plant (Belgium) in western Europe and the Torslanda plant (Sweden) in northern Europe.

The new facility represents an investment of around EUR 1.2 billion (1). It will be located close to Kosice, in the eastern part of Slovakia, where it will benefit from a well-established automotive supply chain as it becomes the fifth car plant in the country.

Volvo Cars has an ambition to move towards annual sales of 1.2 million cars by mid-decade, which it aims to meet with a global manufacturing footprint spanning Europe, the US and Asia.

“We have a clear focus on becoming a pure electric mobility brand by 2030, which is in line with our purpose,” said Jim Rowan, chief executive at Volvo Cars. “Expansion in Europe, our largest sales region, is crucial to our shift to electrification and continued growth. I am very pleased to expand our Volvo Cars production footprint into Slovakia and look forward to welcoming new colleagues and partners on the journey ahead.”

“I appreciate that Volvo Cars has decided to build its new plant in Slovakia. The new Volvo Cars plant is important for us since it will improve the social and economic situation in the region and produce only electric cars, which provides the Slovak automotive industry with a competitive perspective in the new ecological era,” said the Prime Minister of the Slovak republic, Mr. Eduard Heger.

“Personally, I am very pleased that Slovakia has succeeded in the competition for this mega investment, which will bring development and many jobs in the eastern part of Slovakia, with lots of direct and indirect job opportunities,” said the Minister of Economy of the Slovak republic, Mr. Richard Sulik.

Construction of the Kosice plant is planned to start in 2023, with equipment and production lines installed during 2024. Series production of next-generation, pure electric Volvo cars is scheduled to start in 2026.

In line with Volvo Cars’ ambition to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025, the plant will use only climate neutral energy. It will also be designed to be a leader in sustainable and efficient premium electric car production with an optimised layout and logistics flow, while Volvo Cars aims for the highest global standards in energy and environmental efficiency.

As for the location, Kosice offers good logistical and transport links to the rest of Europe and access to a good supplier base. The incentives offered by the Slovak government has also been a key factor in the decision to locate the plant in Kosice.

The facility is designed to produce up to 250,000 cars per year and is expected to provide several thousand new jobs in the region. The site also allows for further expansion of the plant in future.

“We look forward to welcoming new members to the Volvo Cars Kosice team and the global Volvo Cars family, as well as establishing new collaborations and partnerships in the region,” said Javier Varela, chief operating officer at Volvo Cars. “It will be a modern workplace, in a state-of-the-art plant that centres on sustainability and safety.”

The establishment of the Kosice plant represents the first new European manufacturing site for Volvo Cars for almost 60 years. The Torslanda plant was opened in 1964, while the Ghent factory followed a year later. Together, these facilities can produce 600,000 cars per year.

 

Footnote:

(1) Around 20 per cent is expected to be funded by governmental support.

 

 

Electrifying luxury: Production launch of the new BMW 7 Series in Dingolfing

  • Fully electric BMW i7* and highly efficient combustion-powered variants launch simultaneously
  • Over €300 million invested in Lower Bavarian site
  • One in four BMWs from Dingolfing already electrified
  • Consistent implementation of BMW iFACTORY
  • Piloting automated driving in production environment

in BMW AG, 01-07-2022


The first series-produced vehicles of the new BMW 7 Series have today rolled off the production lines of BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. In fact, today was a double debut, with the new top-of-the-range BMW manufactured not only with highly efficient combustion engines but also as the fully electric BMW i7. Milan Nedeljkovi?, BMW AG Board Member for Production: “Our new BMW 7 Series is the first luxury sedan in the world to offer customers a choice between three types of drive. Whether fully electric, combustion-powered or, soon, plug-in hybrid, we have the flexible production structures and outstanding integration skills we need to manufacture such a diverse range of drives efficiently.”

Over €300 million invested in Dingolfing vehicle plant

The BMW Group invested over €300 million to ready the Dingolfing vehicle plant for production of the new BMW 7 Series. As it strives consistently to implement the BMW vision of production of the future, its largest European plant is increasingly being transformed into a BMW iFACTORY practising the ‘Lean. Green. Digital.’ approach. For the first time, the BMW Group is piloting automated manoeuvres within the production environment by just-made BMW 7 Series vehicles – and optimising assembly and outbound logistics processes as a result. 

BMW i7: The latest milestone on the road to e-mobility in the luxury segment

With production under way, once sales organisations have been provided with the show and demonstration vehicles they need, the new BMW 7 Series will be available to customers worldwide in the autumn of this year. The BMW i7, especially, marks the next step in the BMW Group’s electromobility campaign for the luxury segment, which Dingolfing has come to symbolise. Board Member Milan Nedeljkovi?: “Exactly a year ago, we were here to celebrate the start of production of our BMW iX. Today the BMW i7 is the latest milestone on our journey. Next year will see the launch of the fully electric variant of the BMW 5 Series as we step up the pace of electromobility and electrify our core model series.” By the end of 2022, one in four BMWs leaving Dingolfing is already expected to incorporate an electric drive, rising to approx. 50 percent of the plant’s total output by the middle of this decade, according to current plans.

100 percent exchange flexibility between different types of drive

The new BMW 7 Series is assembled on the same line as the BMW 5 Series, 8 Series and the fully electric BMW iX. “We are 100 percent flexible and able to switch between drive variants for the BMW 7 Series,” explained Christoph Schröder, Plant Director. “This means we can manufacture completely in line with demand for the various drives and use our plant capacity as fully as possible.”

BMW 7 Series benefits from product and process modules of the BMW iX

The new BMW 7 Series builds on various technology modules of the BMW iX – not just for individual features like the onboard network architecture, user interface and driver assistance systems but also in terms of production and validation processes in assembly, for which the BMW iX was the trailblazer. Examples include the redesigned aggregate fitting station, sling loop assembly, test rigs for driver assistance systems and the new finish process, which is now even more efficient throughout, from first ignition to the vehicle dispatch area. The BMW iX is currently one of Dingolfing’s most successful vehicles.

Re-using systems, plus the special two-tone paint process

Converted during production shutdowns, the bodyshop was able to integrate the new BMW 7 Series into the structures previously used to manufacture the model’s predecessor. By adapting and re-using systems in this way, the BMW Group has saved hundreds of millions of euros and a wealth of resources. The floor assemblies of the new BMW 7 Series have distinct geometries and vary in part, depending on the type of drive, yet they can all be manufactured completely flexibly in any combination on one and the same main production line. In addition, automation – in door fitting, for instance – and a reduction in material combinations and the bonding processes required have made processes more efficient. In the paintshop, a special process has been established for the exclusive two-tone paintwork of the new BMW 7 Series, melding techniques from series production with the manual painting skills of the Dingolfing specialists.

Inhouse production of e-drive components

The e-drive components of the BMW i7 – specifically the high-voltage battery and highly integrated electric drive – are also made in Dingolfing. Like those of the BMW iX, BMW i4 and BMW iX3, they are manufactured nearby, in the BMW Group Competence Centre for e-Drive Production.

Recently the Competence Centre launched two new production lines, enabling the facility to produce sufficient e-drives for more than 500,000 electric cars a year. The workforce has also increased, from approx. 600 in early 2020 to over 2,300 today.

“The transformation to a BMW iFACTORY is well under way”

“With their breakthrough technologies, vehicles like the BMW 7 Series are catalysts for change – including in our plants,” emphasised Milan Nedeljkovi?, pointing out that they involve innovations not only in the product but also in production. “Dingolfing’s transformation into a BMW iFACTORY is well under way,” added Christoph Schröder. “We have hundreds of employees working to make our plant more efficient, flexible and sustainable, with effective innovations and digitalisation solutions as the key drivers of progress.”

The Lean. Green. Digital. approach of the BMW iFACTORY is already a reality in the production halls of Plant Dingolfing.

Lean. Flexibility and the widespread rollout of smart logistics solutions

The aspect of Lean is being realised at Plant Dingolfing to a large degree by the flexible layout of production structures. “Our structures give us the exchange flexibility we need to switch between different models and drive types, the volume flexibility to react quickly to radically fluctuating demand, and the order flexibility to accommodate the last-minute changes customers can request up to just a few days before their car is produced. Here in Dingolfing, flexibility is simply a part of our DNA,” said Christoph Schröder.

Another example of how digitalisation supports the efficiency goals of Plant Dingolfing is the comprehensive rollout of smart logistics solutions. Dingolfing is the company pioneer in this regard, operating not only automated forklifts but also autonomous tug trains, automated outdoor logistics solutions and smart transport robots (STRs) that carry parts to the line-side. Made by the BMW Group subsidiary Idealworks, STRs are expected to more than double in number to over 200 by the end of 2022 as series production of the BMW 7 Series ramps up. “Thanks to flexible, automated solutions like this, we have become extremely efficient at managing the complexity and myriad part numbers we work with here at the plant,” said Schröder.

Green. Investing in sustainable production

The Green aspect of the BMW iFACTORY and sustainable production in Plant Dingolfing is realised by a range of measures. These include sourcing 100 percent green energy, re-using several hundred existing production robots in the bodyshop, and reducing the consumption of resources in the paintshop. Here, investments of over €50 million are currently being made in new cathodic dip lines and a dry separation system, which will save significant amounts of water and energy. In addition, the waste heat from the drying furnaces will no longer be used purely as process heat but also to generate electricity.

Other facets of sustainable production include energy-efficient systems, packaging planning, traffic logistics, recycling and water management. On-site transportation, for example, is carried out by electric truck. Also, Dingolfing currently has a recycling quota of more than 90 percent and an even higher re-use quota of more than 99 percent. In 2021, this sent total residual waste tumbling to just 580 grams per car produced. And when it comes to water, Dingolfing currently covers 40 percent of its needs by drawing on its own source, thereby helping to preserve the region’s drinking water supplies as well.

Digital. Automated quality control by cameras with AI

Intelligent digital solutions are used in all areas of production at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, but especially in vehicle assembly – be it for virtual training, smart scanners, automated AI-based quality control or automated driving by freshly manufactured vehicles.

When it comes to AI, the BMW Group has proven its pioneering credentials with its AIQX (Artificial Intelligence Quality Next) project, which uses sensors and AI to automate quality processes. Smart camera systems and sensors embedded in the production lines record data for backend evaluation in real-time using algorithms and AI. Feedback is then sent directly to employees on the line, via their smart devices. AIQX can be used to determine variants, verify completeness and detect any anomalies that may have occurred during fitting. It is currently operating in 40 applications in production of the new BMW 7 Series.

The launch of the latest vehicle has also boosted the number of use cases of IPS-i. This digitalisation project uses an IT platform to converge data from a wide range of location systems and generate a digital twin in real-time of the assembly hall. From the use of smart scanners and screwdrivers to RFID-based verification of the allocation of parts to vehicles, the IPS-i platform provides the basis for locating and interconnecting every item – every vehicle, component and tool – involved in the production process. With the new BMW 7 Series, RFID-based component tracing alone has been extended to 45 different part families.

BMW 7 Series pilots automated driving within plant

Production of the new 7 Series also uses a digital innovation with major potential for assembly and outbound logistics in BMW Group plants and distribution centres: automated driving in-plant (‘automatisiertes Fahren im Werk’, AFW). As part of the digitalisation strategy, the AFW project will be piloted in Dingolfing from July and sees newly produced BMW 7 Series drive automatically along a 170-metre route from the first ignition and initial testing area in assembly to the finish area in the plant. The same method will be used to get vehicles from the end of the finish line to the dispatch area.

The AFW project was developed by the BMW Group and the two startups Seoul Robotics and Embotech, who provide the software and technology. Project manager Sascha Andree explained: “Automated driving within the plant is fundamentally different from autonomous driving for customers. It uses a completely different system. So instead of relying on the vehicle’s sensors, it uses an infrastructure outside the car to enable environment recognition and plan the vehicle’s movements.” The route through the logistics areas of the plant is fitted with sensors that use Seoul Robotics software to generate data for vehicle localisation and environment recognition. Further externally based drive-planning software, by Embotech, then steers, brakes, accelerates and parks the driverless vehicles by sending them the relevant commands.

AFW is expected to be piloted until 2023 and will initially be rolled out on other models at Plant Dingolfing as well.

Dingolfing – Home of the BMW 7 Series since 1977

Plant Dingolfing, in Lower Bavaria, has been the home of the flagship BMW 7 Series since 1977 and is now manufacturing the seventh generation. It is the BMW Group’s lead plant for large BMWs and has extensive expertise in production launches as well as decades of experience in the manufacture of premium vehicles for the luxury class. To date, Plant Dingolfing has manufactured a grand total of more than 11 million BMW cars, and a further production milestone is on the schedule this year: the two millionth BMW 7 Series.

BMW Group Plant Dingolfing – Key facts.

Plant Dingolfing is one of the BMW Group’s more than 30 production sites around the world and its largest in Europe. Every day around 1,600 BMW 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series and all-new, fully electric BMW iX vehicles roll off the production lines in car plant 02.40. In 2021, annual output totalled some 245,000 units.

The site currently employs approx. 17,000 people. It is also training about 850 apprentices for 15 professions, making it the largest training organisation in the BMW Group.

Dingolfing manufactures not only cars but also vehicle components, such as pressed parts and chassis and drive systems. Located in component plant 02.20 is the BMW Group’s Centre of Competence for E-Drive Production, which provides BMW vehicle plants around the world with electric motors and high-voltage batteries for plug-in hybrids as well as fully electric models. It is under constant development and currently employs over 2,300 people.

In addition, Dingolfing creates the bodies-in-white of all the Rolls-Royce models. It is also home to what’s known as the Dynamics Centre, a large storage and trans-shipment point and the centrepiece of central aftersales logistics at the BMW Group, supplying BMW and MINI trading organisations with original BMW and MINI parts and accessories.

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

BMW i7 xDrive60: Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined, WLTP): 19,6 – 18,4; Electric range in km (WLTP): 591 – 625

 

Presidente da AFIA será orador na Conferência Ibérica sobre mobilidade sustentável: desafios e oportunidades da descarbonização da mobilidade

A Fundação Repsol, a CCILE – Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Luso-Espanhola, a CIP – Confederação Empresarial de Portugal e a CHP – Câmara de Comércio Hispano-Portuguesa convidam-no para a “Conferência Ibérica sobre mobilidade sustentável: desafios e oportunidades da descarbonização da mobilidade”. Um encontro que incidirá sobre todas as questões que envolvem a transição para a mobilidade sustentável e inteligente em Espanha e Portugal.


 

5 de julho de 2022, 10:00 às 13:30 h

Evento híbrido

Hotel Epic Sana Lisboa | Lisboa

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Agenda Provisória

 

10:00 Abertura do evento

  • Antonio Brufau, Presidente da Repsol
  • António Saraiva, Presidente da CIP – Confederação Empresarial de Portugal

10:30 Intervenção institucional

  • Jorge Delgado, Secretário de Estado da Mobilidade Urbana de Portugal

11:00 Mesa redonda: inovação e digitalização como base para uma mobilidade sustentável e inteligente.

  • Luis Filipe Marques, Presidente da EMEL-Lisboa Empresa Municipal de Mobilidade e Estacionamento
  • Lola Ortiz, Diretora Geral de Planeamento e Infra-estruturas de Mobilidade, Câmara Municipal de Madrid
  • Gil Nadais, Secretário Geral da ABIMOTA – Associação Nacional das Indústrias de Duas Rodas, Ferragens, Mobiliário e Afins.
  • Felipe Jiménez, Professor de Transportes e Chefe de Sistemas Inteligentes em Veículos no INSIA-Instituto Universitário de Investigação Automóvel da Universidade Politécnica de Madrid
  • Aitor Arzuaga, Diretor Geral da Alba Emission Free Energy
  • José Carlos Caldeira, membro do Conselho de Administração do INESCTEC, Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência do Portugal
  • Moderador: Tiago Vidal, Sócio e Diretor Geral Llorente y Cuenca Portugal

12:00 Mesa redonda: desafios e oportunidades do setor automóvel na descarbonização dos transportes na Península Ibérica.

  • José Couto, Presidente da AFIA, Associação de Fabricantes para a Indústria Automóvel
  • Helder Pedro, Secretário Geral da ACAP, Associação Automóvel de Portugal
  • José López-Tafall, Diretor Geral da ANFAC, Associação Nacional de Fabricantes de Automóveis e Caminhões da Espanha
  • José Portilla, Diretor Geral da SERNAUTO, Associação Espanhola de Fornecedores Automotivos
  • Marta Blázquez, Vice-Presidente Executiva da FACONAUTO, empregador que integra as associações de revendedores oficiais de marcas de automóveis e máquinas agrícolas
  • Moderadora: Mar García Ramos, Sócia Automotivo e de Mobilidade na Grant Thornton Espanha

13:00 Encerramento do evento

  • CHP – Câmara de Comércio Hispano-Portuguesa
  • CCILE – Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Luso-Espanhola

 

 

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